Multiple sclerosis, also known as MS, is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects and attacks the Central Nervous System (CNS). This disease attacks the brain, the spinal cord and the optic nerves. It develops when the immune system targets the protective covering of nerve fibers, causing inflammation and damage. This damage can lead to a variety of symptoms, including fatigue, muscle weakness, numbness and/or tingling, and problems with coordination and balance.
MS can affect people in different ways, and the symptoms can vary widely. Some people may experience only mild symptoms, while others may have more severe symptoms that significantly impact their daily lives and activities. MS is typically diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40, and affects women more often than men. The cause of MS is not fully understood, but it is believed to involve a combination of genetic and environmental factors. While there is no cure for MS, there are many treatments available that can help manage symptoms and improve quality of life.
The specific treatment plan that is recommended will depend on the individual’s symptoms and the severity of the disease. Pilates and myotherapy can be helpful in managing symptoms and improving mobility and can include exercises to improve strength and balance. Lifestyle changes, such as getting regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, and getting enough rest, can also be important in managing MS symptoms.
Myotherapy is a form of physical therapy that focuses on the treatment of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. While it may not directly treat MS itself, it can provide several benefits for individuals living with MS by addressing the musculoskeletal symptoms and associated discomfort.
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There is no cure for MS, but there are treatments available to help manage symptoms and slow the progression of the disease. It’s important for people with MS to work closely with their healthcare providers to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to their specific needs. Talk to one of our myotherapists to start managing symptoms with a treatment plan.
Adele Agius analyses the main components of people’s everyday lifestyles and interests to identify and provide specialised ways for a specific individual to help aid in strengthening, rehabilitating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Adele enjoys working with people to help get them back to the activities they love.
Adele is a firm believer in educating her clients about their condition and what their recovery process will entail to improve their ability to manage, maintain and overcome their injuries.
She has worked with NICA (National Institute of Circus Australia) and amateur basketball, netball and football leagues across Melbourne.
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