Therapies

THERAPIES AT TMSTC

Therapies at TMSTCDrop in CentreOxygen TherapyAirnergyComplementary TherapiesPhysiotherapyElectro Magnetic TherapyChiropodyFitness and Wellbeing classesCounselling Service

We offer a range of therapies that “complement” conventional treatments and medicines. This is variously known as Complementary Therapy, Alternative Therapy or Holistic Therapy.

There is evidence that many of these alternative therapies have been in use for centuries. Recent years have seen (particularly in the Western World) a rise in the popularity of these Complementary Therapies. Millions of people now subscribe to Complementary Health and use Alternative & Complementary Therapies worldwide and demand for these therapies is growing. About half of the GPs in the UK now suggest these therapies, use of which has increased by up to 45% in the last ten years. It is currently estimated that half of the health authorities in Britain now offer some form of alternative therapy to patients and that as many as one third of the people in the United Kingdom have tried at least one form of alternative therapy.

Our therapies are aimed at tackling the symptoms of our member’s long term health conditions so that they enjoy an improved quality of life.

Please see the left navigation for more information on the therapies available.

DROP IN CENTRE
We offer a drop in centre where members can socialise whilst enjoying a cup of tea or coffee. We also have an Information Point for members to browse with important information and news regarding MS and news regarding our range of therapies. We also have a computer for members to use.

Our members’ fitness and wellbeing is a priority here at the centre. We have a range of equipment available for the use of our members and carers including a Treadmill, an Enabler and a Vibrate plate.

A counselling service is available by appointment for our members and their carers.

Oxygen Therapy
At our centre we have two Hyper-baric Oxygen chambers for the use and benefit of our members.

The Handbrake for Multiple Sclerosis

Before outlining the benefits of high dosage oxygen therapy for those with the condition of multiple sclerosis it must be understood that this therapy is not a cure for this condition. The main aim is to stabilize the patient’s condition and improve the quality of life. This is why it is often termed as the ’Handbrake’ for MS.

After HDOT treatment many MS patients report improvement in their overall symptoms and their function ability. Patients have reported improvements with their ataxia, numbness in their fingers and hands, balance, visual fields, concentration, pain, weakness, fatigue and dizziness. It has been shown that most often improvement in bowel and bladder disorders.

HDOT should be initiated as soon as possible as the condition is diagnosed and before irreversible lesions have become established. However this does not mean that patients with a diagnosis longer than 5 years will not benefit.

Oxygen is the healing element in the atmosphere e.g. if you cut your finger the blood vessels are torn, this reduces the flow of blood and the oxygen reaching the tissues slowing down recovery. Wounds that could take weeks to heal may heal many times faster if extra oxygen is given -oxygen speeds recovery.

Recent research in the University of Dundee has shown that with inflammation that is typical of MS, the transport of oxygen is severely limited by tissues swelling. It has shown that there is a severe lack of oxygen in the affected areas during an ‘MS flair’ so that when oxygen is needed most to reduce swelling and help prevent scarring or plaque formation, it cannot reach the tissue in sufficient quantity. With the help of extra oxygen, the bodys ability to heal and limit some of the damage the disease causes is possible. When we breath pure oxygen at normal pressure we take in 100% but expel 80% as we only accept 20% that runs along the blood steam.

A hyperbaric chamber is needed to increase the concentration of oxygen from 5 to 10 times. If we pressurize your body and then give you 100% oxygen the extra oxygen is absorbed into the tissue.Many studies have taken place throughout the world on the benefit of oxygen therapy and reports from four countries including America and Italy found that there was less deterioration of cerebellar function in the treatment groups involved.

Watch the video below of the benefits of oxygen.

Airnergy
We also have an Airnergy machine at the centre which involves the intake of energised air through a cannula. Sessions last for 20 minutes and our members have reported increased energy levels and positive levels of regeneration.

Please watch the video below of Dr Chris Steele discussing the benefits of Airnergy on The Morning Show.

Complementary Therapies
We have a range of complementary therapies available by appointment for our members and their carers here in the centre. Our experienced therapists Paula and Janine can cater to varying needs. Please see below for information on the range of therapies available.

Remedial Massage
Indian Head Massage
Acupuncture
Aromatherpay
Reflexology
Reiki
PHYSIOTHERAPY
Physiotherapy has a vital role in containing the effects of MS. At The MS Therapy Centre (NW) our professionally qualified physiotherapists Ekta Patel and Catherine Greenwood MCSP specialise in the treatment of MS. Individual sessions provide the basis for trained assessment of the member in particular areas of difficulty and the exercise routines best needed to control and improve these conditions. The individual’s progress can thereafter be monitored and his/her programme adjusted to suit any changes in condition as soon as they become detected.

Different people with different symptoms can benefit greatly from the same set of exercises. Exercise is never easy but people are only asked to do what they are capable of and what is right for them. Taking ‘Physio’ helps people to maintain a disciplined approach to regular exercise. In spite of the variety of symptoms of MS and our member’s varying conditions, there are certain important factors similar to them all. Hence different people with different symptoms can benefit greatly from the same set of exercises. Some of the symptoms of MS such as muscle weakness or spasm, occur as a secondary symptom to the initial nerve damage. Therefore if the body is persuaded to move normally – even if its reflex responses have diminished – the adverse effect that abnormal movement has on muscles will be delayed. The aims of physiotherapy are to:

  • Improve and maintain joint mobility
  • Improve and maintain balance and co-ordination
  • Delay muscle spasms
  • Maintain general fitness
  • Maintain normal patterns of movement
These in turn will help limb control, reduce spasticity, improve strength, aid walking and act against further secondary complications.
Ekta operates at the centre on Tuesdays between the hours of 1.00pm and 7.00pm and Thursdays between 9.30 am and 5.00pm.
Catherine operates at the centre on Wednesdays between the hours of 10.00am and 12.00pm.
ELECTRO MAGNETIC THERAPY

This is a revolutionary new treatment that is totally natural and non invasive.
It has four main strands to its treatment:

  • Analgesic Action (Pain relief)
  • Regeneration
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Relaxation
The treatment takes approximately twenty minutes and helps to oxygenate cells, fight infection, reduce inflammation, promote endorphins and help boost the immune system.

CHIROPODY

A Chriopody clinic is available at the centre. Whether you need professional advice about foot wear or help with standard chiropody procedures, our monthly sessions can offer expert assistance.

Most people neglect proper care of feet and lower legs. You have to remember that your foot is the busiest part of your body. The feet absorb much of your weight and often subjected to daily stress and tension. If you fail to give due care for your feet, then there are greater chances that you can develop long-term illnesses and disorders that will hamper your capability to move properly. Jane can help you keep your feet in good and healthy condition.

 FITNESS AND WELLBEING CLASSES
Our fitness and wellbeing classes here at the MS Therapy Centre (NW) are structured with our disabled members in mind and are suitable for those with varying abilities and fitness levels. Our compassionate and patient instructors perform mixed ability classes involving some lying down positions and sitting positions for members who rely on walking aids.
Below is the timetable of classes on at the centre:

Tuesday
Wednesday
Pilates 10.00am- 11.00am
Yoga 11.30am- 12.30pm
Thursday
Tai Chi 11.00am- 12.00pm
COUNSELLING SERVICE
A confidential and discreet counselling service is available by appointment with our qualified counsellor. Sessions take place in our quiet room here at the centre.

Our counsellor can also visit you in the comfort of your own home or in a suitable environment for yourself.

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