Multiple sclerosis

  • (MS) is a condition of the CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM, which affects around 100,000 people in the UK.
  • Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20-40, but it can affect younger and older people too.
  • Roughly three times as many women have MS as men.
  • In MS, the coating around NERVE FIBRES (called MYELIN) is damaged, causing a range of symptoms.
  • More than 100,000 people in the UK have MS. Symptoms usually start in your 20s and 30s and it affects almost three times as many women as men.
  • To view the latest statistics, download our report on MS in the UK.
  • Once diagnosed, MS stays with you for life, but treatments and specialists can help you to manage the condition and its symptoms.

We don’t know the cause and we haven’t yet found a cure, but research is progressing fast.

Physiotherapy Intervention

There is a strong body of evidence demonstrating that exercise used as part of a rehabilitation programme can increase activity and improve the health and well-being of people with MS.

In addition there is an emerging body of evidence to say that physiotherapists, as part of a specialist neurorehabilitative service, have a key role in managing specific symptoms of MS including pain, spasticity and the prevention of secondary complications such as contracture.

Results from randomised controlled clinical trials of exercise programmes in MS have demonstrated benefits in muscle strength, cardiovascular fitness, aerobic thresholds and activity levels and functional improvements, such as walking ability.

Exercise is generally highly valued by patients who report improvements in mood and quality of life.

Article: CSP

Here at BWT Physio, our Physiotherapists can help you to find exercises that meet your specific needs and abilities.