A diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a devastating life change. Clients diagnosed with MS or similar disorders occasionally have initial therapy, however, regular therapy after that is not common. You are often left to rebuild your strength and mobility on your own after an exacerbation. Many clients with MS should have more encounters with physical therapy than they currently have as ordered by their MD.
At Exercisabilities, we believe that clients with MS, no matter if it is diagnosed 3 months ago or 6 years ago, have the great potential to regain or maintain sensation, balance, strength and the ability to walk alone through intensive, and specific activity based therapies. We strive to be your physical therapist and exercise specialist for life, providing episodes of care or equipment recommendations as you need it. We also have the Bioness and RT300 functional electric stimulation technology that has been research proven to help recover, regain, and maintain in the setting of MS. Other programming that would benefit clients with MS:
- Locomotor training – Using a body weight support system over a treadmill and trainers to move the legs and hips
- Vibration therapy – A vibration platform that we can use the body weight support system or free stand to elicit improved sensation and neurologic stimulation
- Overground therapy – A set of exercises and activities designed to improve the basic movements required for function including sitting, leaning, transferring, and standing
- Guided exercise – A time to focus on strength components that are important to you as an individual
- Neurologic physical therapy – A trained therapist will guide you through high level skills including overground walking, pilates reformer, mat and floor exercises, yoga based therapies, and more
- Cardiovascular endurance exercise – Aerobic exercise has been shown to be extremely beneficial to the recovery of the neurologic system and most clients with disability have low levels of aerobic activity
- Injury prevention/pain management – We use myofascial release, movement disorder reeducation, and kinesiotaping to work with painful joint or improve flexibility to limit injury
- Group classes such as yoga, pilates, and group strength.
Research proves that contrary to past belief, exercise is essential in the setting of MS to help maintain or improve function. Done in a supervised manner like at Exercisabilities, you can meet the goals that you have for yourself! Call us today.