MS (Multiple Sclerosis)
Multiple Sclerosis is a lifelong condition that usually affects the young aged between 20-40 years of age, usually females more than males.
MS is an autoimmune condition where the immune system becomes confused and attacks the myelin coating of the nervous system. Where the attacks happen, plaques and lesions are left behind on the nerve and sometimes the nerve itself can be damaged.
The damage and the presence of the plaques cause the nerve impulses that travel along the nerves to slow down, become distorted or even stop.
Therefore the symptoms experienced by sufferers varies between people depending upon the degree of damage and which nerves have been damaged.
Some symptoms are:
• Optic neuritis
• Loss of balance
• Difficulty walking
• Urinary incontinence/retention
• Bowel incontinence/constipation
• Memory loss/difficulty concentrating
• Sexual disturbance
• Muscle stiffness/spasm
• Speech difficulty
• Difficulty swallowing
Once the damage to the nerves has been done, the damage is unlikely to reverse as the recovery rate for neural tissue is incredibly slow.
Orthodox treatment approach are disease modifying drugs such as Beta-Interferon injections, Glateramer Acetate and Tysabri venous infusions. These should be discussed with your doctor.
Although MS cannot be reversed that leaves patients in a difficult position as they must still manage their symptoms.
Osteopathy and Chiropractic and also Acupuncture can help patients manage their symptoms of pain, muscle stiffness and spasm, speech and swallowing difficulty and fatigue. With treatment and time patients may even notice improvement in concentration, mood, emotional disturbance and general mobility and flexibility.
Sufferers would also benefit from Pilates, Callanetics, meditation, exercise, modified diet.
If you need help with MS symptoms, contact us at Elite
0203 514 8957