Research and a wealth of user experience indicate that physiotherapy plays a vital role in containing the effects of MS. Most MS therapy centres have at least one qualified physiotherapist who specialises in the treatment of MS, providing individual and group remedial treatments. Despite the variety of symptoms of MS, the same set of exercises can be of benefit to different people with different symptoms.
Some of the symptoms of MS, such as muscle weakness or spasm, are secondary symptoms of the initial damage to the nerve. If the body is persuaded to move normally the adverse effects of abnormal movement on muscles can be delayed even if the reflex responses have diminished.
The aims of neuro-physiotherapy are to:
- Improve and maintain joint mobility
- Improve and maintain balance and co-ordination
- Delay muscle spasms
- Maintain general fitness
- Maintain normal patterns of movement
This will help limb control, reduce spasticity, improve strength, aid walking and help combat further secondary complications.
Every year the MS therapy centres provide over 100,000 physiotherapy sessions.