I have MS and…
- “I have difficulty with my walking and my movements are not quite right”
- “I feel weak and unable to do my daily activities”
- “I get really tired all of the time”
- “I leak when I cough or sneeze”
- “I’ve had a few trips and I can’t seem to lift my foot, my balance is affected”
- “Its hard for me to hold anything, I keep dropping things”
Do these statements sound anything like you? Are these things getting harder to manage? Have you felt like you need more medications to get through your normal day? Are you worried you are having a relapse?
Physiotherapy for MS can help
As a physiotherapist with years of experience helping clients with MS, I have heard all the above statements. Unfortunately most people don’t realize that a few sessions with a registered physiotherapist can really help. Physiotherapists provide a full assessment of your current level of function, identify the issues you need to address and help you develop a plan to improve areas of weakness. Doing so will help you to regain your confidence so you can go about your daily living efficiently and without fatigue. Regardless of what stage you’re at in your MS journey, newly diagnosed or those who have been managing for years, physiotherapy can help.
When should you see a physiotherapist for MS?
The earlier you see your therapist the better. Don’t think, “I’m ok, I’m managing for now”. A physiotherapists can help you to feel like you don’t need to “manage” your symptoms but are feeling “normal” so you don’t need to struggle. Regular assessments and reviews with your physiotherapist can help you to stay as healthy and as well as possible. We can address areas of concern before they become major issues.
What else should I do to maintain my physical abilities?
Exercises classes such as yoga, taichi, swimming/aquatherapy are also very beneficial. I encourage everyone to exercise in any way possible. The less exercise you do, the less fit you become which can lead to weakness, balance problems and falls. This in turn can lead to a lack of confidence which will lead to you not wanting to do any exercise at all. It’s a negative cycle that results over time in a decease in functional abilities and independence.
I’m ready to see a physiotherapist, what’s the first step?
If physiotherapy in your home is a convenient option Physio In Motion is ready to help. You may complete any of the contact forms found on this website or call us directly at (905) 667-3979 ext1. We look forward to hearing from you.
Blog Post Contributed by:
Orla Hares, Neurological Physiotherapist