Multiple Sclerosis

MS is a disease of the central nervous system, and affects each individual in many different ways.  In MS the protective layer which protects nerve cells, called the myelin sheath, is damaged by the persons own immune system.  This causes interruption or distortion of the messages that the nerves are sending and can occur in many different locations throughout the brain or the spinal cord.  There is potential for a wide variety of nerves to be effected, causing a wide variety of signs and symptoms.  It’s a lifelong condition that can sometimes cause disability although it can sometimes be very mild.

At the Bobath Centre we have extensive experience working with people with all types of MS. We can help identify, address and monitor the many different physical problems which can occur as a result of MS including problems such as muscle weakness, reduced sensation and increased muscle tone, as well as functional problems such as reduced balance, or difficulty with walking.

Bobath therapists use skilled therapeutic handling to gain optimal quality and efficiency of movement, taking an analytical problem-solving approach, that is individual to each client.  Individualised functional goal plans and outcome measures are used to guide treatment.  Carefully considered home physical management programmes are also provided in order to lessen the impact of living with this condition.

Advice on adjuncts to physiotherapy, such as orthotics and FES are provided, with onward referrals made where indicated.

Treatment can be delivered in a range of different formats and is decided on an individual basis, from 6 monthly reviews to intensive bursts of treatment for a couple of weeks or more.

For more information on MS please follow these links: 

www.mssociety.org.uk

www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Multiple-Sclerosis/Pages/Introduction.aspx