Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease that affects our central nervous system, brain and spinal cord.  

It can affect people differently and displays a wide range of symptoms such as –

  • Fatigue 
  • Pain 
  • Problems concentrating
  • Vision problems 
  • Difficulty controlling your bladder 
  • Dizziness or loss of balance 
  • Slurred speech 

Due to the nature of the disease, the list of symptoms is long, but what we mainly see and what we use our experience as Physiotherapists is MS symptoms such as – 

  • Muscle stiffness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle spasms 
  • Pain in joints and muscles 
  • Overall mobility issues 

How do you treat MS with physiotherapy?

Although there is no cure for MS, ongoing treatment plans, medication and rehabilitation can help those suffering from the disease continue to be independent. 

Each case is different, and a tailored plan is essential to get the most out of any treatment.

For example, physiotherapy for MS involves strengthening exercises that help you regain your balance and coordination. We also use a technique called Passive Neurological Facilitation (PNF) for those experiencing muscle spasms, as well as massage and gentle stretches to improve their symptoms.

Neurorehabilitation

Often, especially in the healthcare industry, you’ll hear the term Neurorehabilitation. Neurorehabilitation is a speciality of neuroscience, which deals with the study and application of complex medical treatments aimed specifically to aid recovery in those who have injury or disease of the nervous system.  

At Clearcut Physiotherapy, we specialise in assessing and treating individuals who have neurological conditions, such as MS. Furthermore, we can offer physiotherapy for our clients in their own homes. 

Early signs of MS

If you are concerned you or someone you know may have MS, you should always seek medical help from your GP. 

Early symptoms of MS include – 

  • Fatigue 
  • Numbness, tingling or abnormal sensations 
  • Depression or anxiety 
  • Bladder or bowel changes 
  • Difficulty walking 

MS HUG 

An MS hug is also known as Dysesthesia and is likened to a tight squeezing sensation around the torso. Although one may not experience all of the symptoms above, it is highly likely that one of the first recognisable symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis will be the MS hug. 

Again, if you are not feeling your best and have considered MS may be the cause, seek help from your local GP. 

If you have been diagnosed and looking for a treatment plan that suits you, get in touch today.