Exercise Therapy & Multiple Sclerosis

What is Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and How Can Functional Health Help?

Multiple Sclerosis (MS), is a progressive Auto immune disease where your own immune system attacks the nerves and cells within the brain and the spinal cord. This causes lesions to develop within the Central Nervous System (CNS) that slow the conduction of signals from the brain and spinal cord. The extent and area of damage within the CNS, will determine how the body is affected.

Common Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

• Muscle weakness
• Diplopia or double vision
• Optic neuritis – vision loss and pain
• Pin/needles and numbness
• Coordination/balance issues
• Difficulty with swallowing/speech
• Fatigue
• Bowel and Bladder issues

Types of Multiple Sclerosis

There are 4 different types of MS, which currently affects approximately 25,000 people across Australia. These types are categorised by their onset and progression, as some cases progress slowly over time, while others have flare ups/relapses and then go through periods of recovery and stability.

MS diagnosis is performed utilising a combination of tests and assessments. Such tests include: Neural exam, MRI, Nerve Conduction Test and blood test.

The exact cause of MS is unknown however it can be linked to a variety of risk factors and often found with particular groups such as:

• Females are affected at a 2:1 ratio
• Caucasians/Northern European Countries
• Reduced Vitamin D and sunlight exposure
• People with infections, viruses and Auto Immune Conditions
• Stress

How Functional Health Can Help.

Studies Conclusively Demonstrate Exercise Therapy helps to slow the progression of MS Symptoms and helps the individual maintain functional capacity.

This is the focus of our weekly group MS class that has been running successfully for several years with the support of our local community and the MS society.

Our team of Trained Exercise Physiologists & Physiotherapists, work together with our patients to improve their balance, strength and co-ordination. We focus upon Evidence-Based Resistance Exercise, Functional Rehabilitation and Aerobic Training, to help strive for the best patient outcomes.

Some other services we at Functional Health provide in the care of our patient with MS include hydrotherapy and hands-on Physiotherapy for Pain Management, as we strive toward promoting their independence.

Do you Know Someone suffering with Multiple Sclerosis and don’t know how to help?

It might be as simple as asking how they are doing, listening or simply being there for someone. For others it might be recommending a neurologist, physio, doctor or EP. As a health practitioner we see this every day in our campaign of reducing the impact of MS. Any helping hands, no matter how big or small, may help spark a change in someone’s life for the better.

Multiple Sclerosis Evidence Based Practice

With so many posts, blogs, influencers and so called “experts” how are we to know what to believe or what’s facts or fiction. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses of the most up to date research is what is proven to work.

Let us do the research for you!
• Resistance Training
• Hydrotherapy
• Hippotherapy (horse-back riding)
• Aerobic training
• Functional Rehab

Multiple Sclerosis – Breaking Down the Barriers

With the introduction of the NDIS and awareness growing across Australia, access to the necessary services and facilities is now becoming more available for people suffering with MS. Allowing those people to engage in their community and strive towards their goals is the main aim of Functional Health.

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