Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Tops provides first class physio for multiple sclerosis, our experienced team have helped many of our clients manage their condition.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease affecting nerves in the brain and spinal cord, causing problems with muscle movement, balance and vision. MS is known as an autoimmune condition.
Each nerve fibre in the brain and spinal cord is surrounded by a layer of protein called myelin, which protects the nerve and helps electrical signals from the brain travel to the rest of the body. In MS, the myelin becomes damaged. This disrupts the transfer of these nerve signals, causing a wide range of potential symptoms, such as:
- Spasticity – muscle stiffness that can lead to uncontrolled muscle movements
- Ataxia – difficulties with balance and co-ordination
- Fatigue – feeling very tired during the day
- Loss of vision – usually only in one eye
MS affects everyone differently, it is important to perform a good assessment and find out what is important to you. After the assessment we will identify how we can work together to improve, manage and maintain your independence.
How physiotherapy can help:
- Advice regarding exercise and fatigue management
- Facilitate good movement patterns, which will maintain energy efficiency and prevent deterioration through bad compensatory strategies
- Improve balance and coordination
- Improve mobility and flexibility
- Pain control
- Spasticity management
- Transfer techniques
- Gait re- education
- Advice regarding seating and posture
- Wheelchair advice and skills
- Advice regarding equipment, technology and wheelchairs
- Teaching and support for carers
- Support for you to enjoy activities in your community
Physiotherapy can improve your quality of life and prevent problems before they occur. We work with you to identify problems and help you manage your MS. We are here to support and advise you when it is required.
The physiotherapist can enable you to carry on with your life through self management and maintenance, empowering you to take control of your life.