Multiple Sclerosis

NEUROLOGICAL PHYSIOTHERAPY

Multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory neurological disease that affects the brain and spinal cord resulting in impairments of movement, balance and walking.

Symptoms of MS are diverse and vary significantly from one person to another. They are often unpredictable and disruptive to daily living and for this reason it is a challenging condition that requires input from all team member with neurophysiotherapy specialising in the treatment of movement difficulties and mobility.

Symptoms

Typically a person with MS will experience some of the following movement issues:

How can Physiotherapy help?

Many of these symptoms can respond to Physiotherapy input.

Ideally seeing a neurophysiotherapist early on diagnosis gives you the opportunity to discuss your care and plan a program to address your needs.

Expect a detailed assessment to be carried out as this is essential to understand how MS affects you.

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Given the progressive nature of the condition it is common practice that we would see an individual for many years but often on an intermittent basis when issues arise. The frequency of visits will really depend on the extent and pattern of symptoms, your goals and what we as clinicians can achieve through active intervention.

Neurophysiotherapy management will vary for each person and may include any or some of the following:

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Given the progressive nature of the condition it is common practice that we would see an individual for many years but often on an intermittent basis when issues arise. The frequency of visits will really depend on the extent and pattern of symptoms, your goals and what we as clinicians can achieve through active intervention.
 

A recent profiling study of people with M.S. in Ireland was undertaken at the request of M.S. Ireland, whose members valued Physiotherapy as an integral part of their management but complained of the lack of input. The findings were surprising and supported their complaint that the amount of Physiotherapy they received was low.

A larger study is currently underway in Ireland looking at the importance and value of exercise with Multiple sclerosis. “Getting the Balance Right” programme which you may have heard of or taken part in. The results are extremely positive and support evidence that structured exercise programs can improve many of the physical impairments that we as physiotherapists treat – weakness, balance, functional limitations.

At Dublin physiotherapy Clinic exercise programs can be specifically devised, monitored and re-evaluated as needed. They are varied and structured to address core elements of conditioning and fitness:

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