Physiotherapy for Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease which affects the ability of the nervous system to transmit messages. Most nerves are insulated by a layer of fat known as myelin sheath (much like an electrical cable with its plastic coating). MS causes the insulating layer to become damaged. When this is damaged the signal the nerve is passing is either unable to reach its destination or interrupted. The inability of the nervous system to transmit its messages around causes the symptoms. Physiotherapists work with people with MS to help control the symptoms by reducing tone, increasing strength and improving range of movement. They can help during a relapse, through recovery stages and during the more severe end stages of the disease.
At Leeds Physiotherapy our team of specialist neurological physiotherapists are experts at treating people affected by MS. Our physiotherapists provide a dynamic service which will look to thoroughly assess your physical ability. They will work with you to design achievable goals specific to your changing needs. Some of the common areas which we treat with MS patients include:
- Range of movement
- Improving energy levels
- Controlling spasticity and muscle spasm
- Pain management