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How Physiotherapy Can Improve Your Life with MS: Mobility, Fatigue, and Beyond

How Physiotherapy Can Improve Your Life with MS: Mobility, Fatigue, and Beyond

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease that impacts the central nervous system, often leading to various symptoms that disrupt movement, balance, and daily function. Physiotherapy plays a crucial role in managing MS and improving the quality of life for those with the condition. Here’s how:

Key Ways Physiotherapy Helps with Multiple Sclerosis

Improving Mobility and Gait: MS can cause muscle weakness, stiffness, and problems with balance and coordination. A physiotherapist can design an exercise program that aims to:

  • Increase strength and flexibility
  • Improve balance and coordination
  • Re-train walking patterns (gait)
  • Recommend assistive devices like canes, walkers, or wheelchairs if needed

Managing Fatigue: Fatigue is one of the most common and debilitating symptoms of MS. Physiotherapists help by:

  • Teaching energy conservation techniques to help you do activities with less fatigue
  • Developing a personalized exercise plan that won’t overexert you
  • Pacing activities to manage energy levels throughout the day

Reducing Spasticity: MS can lead to muscle stiffness and spasms known as spasticity. Physiotherapy can help manage this through:

  • Stretching exercises
  • Dry needling
  • Heat and cold therapy

Improving Bladder and Bowel Function: Physiotherapists can teach exercises and techniques to improve bladder and bowel control, which can be affected by MS.

Promoting Overall Fitness: Regular exercise is important for everyone, and people with MS are no exception. Physiotherapists can guide you through safe and effective exercises that:

  • Increase cardiovascular fitness
  • Improve muscle strength and endurance
  • Enhance overall well-being

What to Expect from Your Physiotherapist

Your physiotherapist will start by conducting a thorough assessment of your condition, including your

  • Strength
  • Range of motion
  • Balance
  • Gait
  • Functional abilities


Based on this assessment, they will develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to address your specific needs and goals. Your physiotherapy program may involve a combination of the techniques mentioned earlier.

Important Considerations

  • Finding the right physiotherapist: Look for a physiotherapist with experience in treating neurological conditions, ideally someone specializing in MS.
  • Communication is key: Share your specific concerns and goals with your physiotherapist to ensure the treatment plan aligns with your needs.
  • Regular re-evaluations: As MS can change over time, your physiotherapist will need to re-evaluate your condition and adjust your treatment plan accordingly.

Physiotherapy plays a vital role in managing MS symptoms and maintaining a good quality of life.

This is her second treatment and her shoulder and arm pain have reduced 80%, also off of all pain killers etc. A home care programme of strength and stretch exercises have been given with specific focus on the root causes of the pain. Remember pain is the symptom; the goal is to find the root cause and then everything thing else follows naturally.


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