How does Physiotherapy treat Multiple Sclerosis?

25 Apr, 2022

In Australia, MS is most common between the ages of 20-40, and 3 out of 4 of those are women. While there’s no cure yet, Physiotherapy has come a long way in helping people manage the symptoms and slow down progression. Let’s look at how Physiotherapy can treat Multiple Sclerosis.

1. Fatigue

One common symptom of MS is fatigue. This can make it difficult to do everyday activities, like getting out of bed or going for a walk. Physiotherapy can help by teaching people energy-conservation techniques. These techniques can help people with MS pace themselves and make the most of their energy.

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2. Muscle weakness

Another common symptom of MS is muscle weakness. This can make it difficult to walk or even stand. Physiotherapy can help improve muscle strength and function through various exercises, including weight-bearing activities like walking or running, resistance training to reduce pain and cramping, and improving coordination.

3. Bladder and bowel problems

For many people with MS, bladder and bowel problems are common symptoms. These problems can range from mild to severe and can be difficult to manage. Physiotherapy can help by teaching people how to do pelvic floor muscle exercises which can improve bladder and bowel control.

4. Pain

Of all the symptoms of MS, pain is one of the most difficult to treat. That’s because there are so many different types of pain that can be associated with the disease. Physiotherapy can help by teaching people pain-management techniques. These techniques can help people with MS better cope with their pain and get on with their day-to-day lives.

5. Balance and coordination

Did you know that Physiotherapy can also help with balance and coordination? This is especially important for people with MS, as balance problems are common in the disease. Physiotherapy can help by working on strength and flexibility. This can help people with MS stay steady on their feet and avoid falls.

6. Flexibility and motion

When left untreated, MS can cause stiffness and reduced range of motion, making it difficult to do everyday activities, like getting dressed or reaching for a glass on the top shelf. Physiotherapy can help people with MS stay mobile and independent for longer.

7. Blood circulation

Poor blood circulation can contribute to fatigue, pain, and other symptoms of MS. Physiotherapy can help by working on exercises that improve circulation. This can help people with MS manage their symptoms and get on with their lives.

 

When should you see a Physiotherapist?

The benefits of Physiotherapy for people with MS are well-established but when should you see a Physiotherapist? We recommend you start Physiotherapy as soon as possible after diagnosis. Early intervention can help slow down MS’s progression and improve long-term outcomes.

We’re here to help you manage your MS and live your best life!

You need a team that understands your individual needs, and which better team to trust than those at Gen Physio? We understand the disease’s unique challenges, and we’re here to help you every step of the way. Contact us today to book our mobile physiotherapy service.

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