We have a range of MS Therapies available to members including popular complementary therapies.
MS Specialist Nurses
The MS Specialist Nurses at the MS Therapy Centre are here to help you with every aspect of managing your MS.
Our nurses will help you in a number of areas from understanding the initial diagnosis to liaising with your GP and neurology team.
Both of our MS Nurses are national award winners.
Physiotherapy is a key element in the current therapy for MS. The prime purpose of physiotherapy in relation to MS is to help maintain function and independence, and prevent secondary problems arising, such as postural difficulties, back pain, shortening of muscles and tendons, and restricted or painful range of movement of joints.
Physiotherapy may help you to re-learn lost movements, improve co-ordination and maintain a normal pattern of limb movement. It may also help to delay stiffness, reduce muscle spasm, help maintain general fitness and generate a sense of wellbeing.
Hydrotherapy is a form of treatment directed by a physiotherapist that utilises water for therapeutic effect.
Hydrotherapy can be selected as a treatment either to complement conventional, land-based, treatment, or used as an alternative if the benefit will be greater.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy was the main reason the Centre was set up – to provide a therapy that was not available elsewhere for people with MS. Nerve damage in MS is the result of inflammation, which in turn causes scarring. It is the scar tissue that prevents messages getting from the brain to the limbs etc. causing disability. By breathing 100% oxygen under pressure, extra oxygen is absorbed into the tissue, which repairs the damaged tissue before it becomes scarred.
The therapy involves sitting in a comfortable chamber that is pressurised, which is very much like sitting in an aircraft.
Our specially designed gym caters for all needs. A trained supervisor and helper are in attendance at all times and can help you devise your own exercise plan. Exercising in the gym can help you to:
Create muscle tissue; Improve blood circulation; Improve strength, balance and flexibility; Prevent muscular atrophy; Restore a level of body movement; Relieve back and neck pain; Encourage better posture; Ease tension and stress from the body.
We have a wide range of gym equipment including Toning Tables, Massage Chairs, Vibrating Plate, Exercise Bikes and a Rowing Machine that can be used from a wheelchair.
APS (Action Potential Simulation) Therapy is a painless treatment that some people find helpful in reducing pain. This relatively new therapy has been trialled at the MS Therapy Centre in Bedford, and is now being used in several other MS Therapy Centres around the Country.
Our Dietician is here to help when you would like to know more about ways in which diet might help MS. You may be struggling to lose, or to gain weight and may have questions about nutritional supplements. Even if you feel you already follow a balanced diet, our Dietician is available for consultations to all our members.
Counselling can offer an opportunity for people to talk freely about how they feel and what their MS means to them, and maybe understand why they react in a particular way, in order to find better coping mechanisms.
MS can change both physical and emotional ways of being and sense of self and yet that needn’t be all negative. Very few of us live to our full potential, and counselling may help you to gain insights into your behaviour that might help offset the changes that MS brings.
Shiatsu offers several benefits for people with MS including pain relief and in some cases a reduction in muscle spasm.
A Shiatsu practitioner uses touch, comfortable pressure and manipulative techniques, such as stretches and acupressure points. It is a relaxing experience, and regular treatments can alleviate stress and help maintain health and well being.
The Shiatsu therapists at the MS Therapy Centre have each got over sixteen years’ experience of working with Shiatsu and members who have MS.
Reflexology is a form of complementary medicine and involves a method of treatment using massage to reflex areas found in the feet and the hands.
When treating a client with MS, reflexes for the central nervous system will be important and the reflexologist will work more on certain areas relating to the brain and spinal cord. These areas will be massaged more than other reflex points to help the body rid itself of unwanted toxins. The client may feel the benefits immediately, or sometimes after several treatments.
Yoga uses a combination of physical postures, breathing exercises, relaxation and meditation with the aim of reaching optimal physical health.
Reports reinforce the view that deep relaxation and the strengthening of muscle control, which can be achieved using yoga, can be extremely beneficial for people with MS.
Exercises are performed on the floor or in chairs so they are accessible to all. People are often surprised at how many exercises they are able to do.
The pilates technique is a combination of floor exercises supervised by extensively trained and qualified instructor.
This exercise system that focuses on improving flexibility and strength for the total body. Movements are slow, fluid and controlled and are co-ordinated to help focus mind/body awareness with a strong centred feeling.
Control of breathing and movements is emphasised and the body is conditioned to maintain good posture with absolute abdominal control.
The Bowen Technique and Neurostructural Integration Technique (NST) involves deep ‘rolling’ movements of the muscles and soft tissue. Reduced mobility and muscle imbalances in MS can result in severe pain and stiffness.
Some common examples of such conditions that can be treated are neck and shoulder pain, sciatica, hip pain, range of movement in arms, back pain, headaches and breathing difficulties.
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The Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire MS Therapy Centre aims to provide the therapies, services & support needed for people with multiple sclerosis.