Support and therapies available at the MS Therapy Centre in Bedford
MS Specialist Nurses
Our nurse will help you in a number of areas from understanding the initial diagnosis to liaising with your GP and neurology team.
Emma works on Thursdays at the MS Therapy Centre. She can answer all of your MS-related questions in a relaxed and unhurried atmosphere. You can make an appointment at any time by phoning our reception desk. You do not need a referral.
Miranda is now working as the community MS nurse in Bedfordshire. If you would like to see her, you can refer yourself by phoning 0345 6024064.
Miranda can see anyone who has a Bedfordshire GP and is not under any other MS Nurse service (eg for disease modifying therapies). NB if you have already given your contact details to Miranda, please still call this number to be added to the list 0345 6024064. Miranda will be making telephone appointments currently.
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 relearn lost movements, improve coordination 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. Read more…
Oxygen Therapy was the first therapy offered at the MS Therapy Centre. 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, thus resullting in disability. By breathing 100% oxygen under pressure, extra oxygen is absorbed into the tissue. This helps to repair the damaged tissue before it becomes scarred.
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. Read more…
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 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.
Pilates is a form of exercise that is performed slowly with control and a focus on core muscle strength. This has many benefits as the core muscles stabilise and support the spine improving balance and posture and creating a stable platform for any movements.
Pilates includes a range of exercises designed to work the muscles throughout the body always with focus on core engagement. These exercises have layers and modifications to enable participants to work within their capabilities.
“I started pilates to help my wife when she was training to be an instructor, I have SP MS. I’ve continued as I found that the exercises improved the flexibility in my lower back and hamstrings and increased my core strength helping me with my balance and posture when seated and standing. It’s great when you notice you can complete exercises that were really challenging at the start.”
Pilates is available on alternate Thursday evenings, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Diet and lifestyle
Our MS nurse has a holistic remit and can advise about many lifestyle changes that could help in the management of your MS.