Multiple Sclerosis

Understanding Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disease that affects the nervous system. It destroys the myelin sheath that surrounds nerves in the brain and spinal cord, reducing the nerve’s ability to send messages.

Symptoms depend on the part of the nervous system that is affected and to what degree, which is why sufferers can experience a wide range of symptoms. In fact, no two individuals with MS present with the same set of problems.

Common symptoms include:

  • Difficulty with walking, balance and coordination.
  • Vertigo and visual problems.
  • Cognitive and behavioural changes.
  • Sensitivity to heat.
  • Numbness and tingling.
  • Spasticity or weakness.
  • Bladder and bowel problems.
  • Sexual dysfunction.
  • Pain and fatigue.

Some individuals may experience only very mild symptoms, such as weakness or numbness, otherwise they are symptom free. Others, however, may eventually lose their ability to walk and require a wheelchair. Symptoms can also worsen and new symptoms can occur over time. Severe sufferers of MS may require assistance to complete their daily activities and can struggle to live independent lives.

Rehabilitation for sufferers of MS

Physiotherapy plays a key role in the management of your MS. It helps maintain your independence for as long as possible, as well as reducing fatigue and muscle spasms and improving your mobility, stamina, strength and balance. We can also improve your coordination and encourage more normal movement by keeping your joints mobile and preventing stiffness.

At Equip Rehabilitation, we work with other health professionals to create a program that is specifically tailored to your needs. This program will be composed of a range of exercises, stretches and physical activities, all designed to help you maintain your independence. As your symptoms change, new ones appear or your condition improves, we will adjust your treatment program to meet these new challenges.

For more information on how Equip Rehabilitation can help you or a relative manage MS, call us on 0400 758 119, send us an email or BOOK ONLINE.