Currently there is no cure for Multiple Sclerosis. But there are strategies which may help relieve symptoms and improve quality of life. At personal health we believe that empowering the individual through wellness and lifestyle balance, can be a very powerful strategy which can optimise the management of the signs and symptoms.
Our wellness program provides weekly small group exercise classes, that focus on:
- Fitness training through low impact aerobics.
- Range of motion and stretching.
- Total body strength and conditioning.
- Balance and coordination, to help minimize falls risk.
- Functional activities (sitting, standing, walking, jogging as appropriate).
- Behaviour change support such as goal setting and habit formation.
- Support with pain management, sleep hygiene, pacing, rest and recovery, plus individualised practice tasks to work on at home in between the weekly classes.
The program also includes monthly education seminars. For example, our consultant dietician would host a workshop to discuss the current evidence base around Nutrition and Multiple Sclerosis, and will also tailor practical take-home advice to the group’s participants.
Format of the programme:
- First step is to meet with one of our Chartered Healthcare Professionals (Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist) for a pre-programme screen. This step allows us to assess your current status in terms of functional capacity and well-being. We believe this to be a very important aspect that helps us assign you to a group in which you will feel most supported and comfortable.
Cost: €65 for 40 minute session
- From there you can decide to opt into the wellness programme. This comprises of 4 exercise classes, once a week for 4 weeks, plus an education seminar within that 4 week period. This format rolls ongoing every 4 weeks. If you miss a week due to other commitments, no problem. You can complete your 4 sessions in 5 weeks at no extra cost.
Cost: One 4 week cycle costs €99
- If at any point you would like to be reassessed, to compare your status to your baseline assessment, you can book with one of the Healthcare Professionals (Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist) for a progress assessment.
Cost: €65 for 40 minute session
Overview of Multiple Sclerosis:
Multiple Sclerosis is a potentially disabling disease, where the immune system, attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers the nerve fibres and causes signalling problems between the brain and the rest of the body.
Signs and symptoms can vary greatly, depending on what nerves are damaged and to what extent. Symptoms may include:
- Numbness or weakness in the torso, and/ or one or more of the limbs
- Visual difficulties usually in one eye at a time, and often with pain during eye movement.
- Prolonged double vision
- Tingling or pain
- Electric shock sensations that occur with neck movements, especially bending the neck forward
- Tremor, lack of coordination or unsteady gait
- Slurred speech
- Problems with bowel and bladder function
Most people with MS have a relapsing-remitting disease course. This means they experience periods of new symptoms (i.e. “relapses”) that develop over days or weeks and usually improve partially or completely. These relapses are followed by quiet periods (i.e. “disease remission”) that can last months or even years.
60-70% of people with this relapsing-remitting presentation eventually develop a steady progression of symptoms, with or without remission, known as secondary-progressive MS.
Some people with MS experience gradual onset and steady progression of signs and symptoms without any relapses. This is known as primary-progressive MS.
If you are experiencing any of the above signs or symptoms, for unknown reasons, you should report to your family doctor.
A Physician, usually a Neurologist, remains the quarterback in the management of MS, and will very commonly prescribe medications that focus on speeding up recovery from attacks or relapses, slowing down the progression of the disease and managing MS symptoms.