Physios make an essential and wide ranging contribution to healthcare, addressing a variety of respiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological conditions including multiple sclerosis, strokes and Parkinson’s disease.
Physios use a combination of assessment approaches – ‘hands-on’ treatment techniques and exercise prescription, as well as providing education and advice.
Physiotherapy is the third largest health profession after doctors and nurses.
How can Physiotherapy help people with MS?
Physiotherapy can help tackle problems with mobility, gait, balance, posture, strength, fitness, exercise capacity, fatigue, pain, stiffness, spasms and spasticity.
It can increase your physical independence and mobility, improving your ability to participate in family, social, work and leisure activities. Physiotherapy can improve overall health and well-being in people living with MS.
The therapy can be particularly useful when your condition changes, for example during a remission phase following a relapse.
Regular physiotherapy can enable early recognition of problems and prompt action to resolve or manage issues that arise.
Physiotherapy at the Chilterns MS Centre
At the centre we have a wealth of expertise and combined experience. We have been treating people with MS from across the region for more than 25 years.
We provide a personalised approach starting with a full assessment of your needs. This guides your subsequent individualised physio treatment programme using a goal-orientated approach to address the problems that are most important to you.
We use one-to-one physio sessions or group sessions (for people of similar ability) as appropriate for your needs and preference.
The treatments we use include:
- Exercises (group or individual) including guidance on Home Exercise Programmes enabling a greater degree of independence and self-management.
- Stretches for stiff muscles to improve or maintain range of movement of joints.
- Approaches to improve posture, balance, mobility and gait.
- Assessment, advice, trial and referral for walking aids and wheelchairs.
- Assessment, advice, trial and referral for splints and orthotics to help mobility and/or range of movement.
The equipment we use includes:
- Adapted static bikes (for legs or arms).
- Adapted rowing machine.
- Partial body-weight support hoist system for gait re-education.
- Gym balls.
- Resistance bands.
- State-of-the-art manual handling equipment for transfers including ceiling-mounted tracking hoist.
At the centre we liaise closely with local GPs, Consultants, MS Nurse Specialists, community services and specialist clinics such as Continence and Botox clinics.
We refer promptly, either within our own centre (see Complementary Therapies and Orthotics) or with our colleagues in the NHS and the Community.
We take our training very seriously and ensure that our Physios have access to the latest developments in evidence-based research, as well as a very solid grounding in tried and tested physiotherapeutic assessment and treatment techniques. This enables us to offer you the highest quality of care.
We hope you will join us and reap the benefits that physio can offer you.