MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS Therapy Edmonton
Multiple Sclerosis Care at In Step Physical Therapy, Edmonton- Excellence in Patient-Centered Treatment
At In Step Physical Therapy Clinic, we are dedicated to offering exemplary care for patients living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). This chronic autoimmune disease primarily affects the central nervous system. Our team of experienced physiotherapists provides individualized, research-driven treatment plans to enhance the quality of life and functionality of those with Multiple Sclerosis.
Understanding Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks myelin. This protective layer insulates nerve fibres in the brain and spinal cord, disrupting communication between the brain and the body. Management of this illness can be challenging due to its unpredictable nature and the range of symptoms it presents. Such as fatigue, difficulty walking, numbness or weakness, spasticity, vertigo, and problems with coordination and balance. It can also cause cognitive and emotional issues, including depression, mood swings, and trouble focusing.
Our Commitment to Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care
In Step Physical Therapy Clinic has been treating Multiple Sclerosis using innovative techniques and therapies. We understand the management of Multiple Sclerosis requires multidisciplinary and individualized approaches. Our commitment to patient-centred care reflects this understanding. We strive to provide the right care and assistance to help you maintain your voluntary control.
Conditions caused by Multiple Sclerosis are treated at In Step Physical TherapyWe are committed to providing comprehensive care for individuals with Multiple Sclerosis, addressing a wide range of related conditions to help enhance patients' quality of life and functionality.
- Mobility Issues
- Vertigo and Balance Issues
- Weakness and Muscle Atrophy
- Cognitive Changes
- Depression and Anxiety
- Neuropathic Pain
- Bowel and Bladder Dysfunction
Various Techniques and Therapies Used at In Step Physical Therapy
Psychological support and cognitive rehabilitation
Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES)
NMES involves the use of electric currents to stimulate the nerves and muscles in the affected area, which can help improve movement and function.
- The Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator (PoNS) is a device which delivers mild electrical stimulation to the surface of the tongue to facilitate neural plasticity and promote regaining balance and walking abilities.
Functional Electrical Stimulation
State-of-the-art devices such as Bioness L300 GO and Bioness H200 designed to provide precise stimulation prompting muscles to contract and assist with movement, are used at In Step to better aid individuals with foot drop or difficulty controlling their leg or hands due to Multiple Sclerosis.
- The Bioness L300 Go is a small, wearable cuff-like device placed around the patient's leg, designed to improve mobility, balance, walking speed, and endurance.
- The Bioness H200 is a device worn like a glove for individuals with hand paralysis caused by neurological conditions. It helps to activate nerves and muscles, aiding in hand movement and function, and assisting with tasks such as gripping, releasing, and fine motor skills.
Benefits of Physiotherapy in Multiple Sclerosis
Physiotherapy plays a pivotal role in the comprehensive management of Multiple Sclerosis at In Step Physical Therapy Clinic; our dedicated and experienced therapists design individualized treatment plans with a focus on maintaining and improving function, mobility, and quality of life. Here are some key benefits of physiotherapy for Multiple Sclerosis:
- Improved Mobility and Strength
- Improved Fitness and Cardiovascular Health
- Support for Neurological Rehabilitation
- Management of Symptoms
- Enhanced Independence
- Improved Mental Health
- Education and Support
At In Step Physical Therapy Clinic, we are committed to enhancing the health and well-being of our patients by offering a comprehensive range of therapies and services under one roof, we aim to provide the most effective, patient-centred care possible. Our multidisciplinary team consisting of physiotherapists, massage therapists, lymphatic massage therapists, personal trainers, kinesiologists, psychologists and nutrition practitioners is dedicated to providing the care you deserve.
Conditions related to Multiple Sclerosis treated at In Step Physical Therapy
In addition to treating Multiple Sclerosis, we also treat several other conditions and diseases that often coexist or share similar symptoms. These include:
- Parkinson’s Disease: A neurodegenerative disorder characterized by the progressive loss of motor control, leading to tremors, rigidity, and difficulties with balance and coordination.
- Stroke: A medical condition caused by a sudden interruption in blood flow to the brain, leading to a loss of neurological function.
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): An injury to the brain caused by a traumatic event, such as a fall or car accident. TBI can lead to various physical, cognitive, and behavioural symptoms.
- Spinal Cord Injury: Damage to the spinal cord that results in loss of function, such as mobility or feeling.
- Cerebral Palsy: A group of disorders that affect movement and muscle tone or posture, caused by damage to the immature brain as it develops.
- Neuropathy: Damage or dysfunction of one or more nerves typically results in numbness, tingling, muscle weakness, and pain in the affected area.
- Fibromyalgia: A chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in localized areas.
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that any underlying medical condition can’t explain.
- Balance Disorders: Conditions that make you feel unsteady or dizzy, like vestibular neuritis or Meniere’s disease.
It’s crucial to note that while these conditions may share similarities with Multiple Sclerosis, their treatment approaches can significantly differ. At In Step, we ensure each patient receives a personalized, comprehensive treatment plan tailored to their specific condition and unique needs.
There is no cure for Multiple Sclerosis. However, treatments can help manage symptoms, reduce inflammation and the frequency of relapses, slow disease progression, and improve quality of life. The goal of therapy is to help individuals with Multiple Sclerosis maintain their physical function, manage symptoms, and enjoy a good quality of life. Treatment plans are highly individualized and may include disease-modifying therapies, symptom management strategies, physical and lifestyle modifications.
Spasticity, Pain, Sensory Deficit, Fatigue, Tremor, Cognitive & Emotional Impairments, Bowel & Bladder Impairments.
Exercise is considered as a safe effective means of rehabilitation. It is beneficial at multiple levels and has an important role in delaying negative symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. Choosing exercises appropriate to the client’s strengths and weaknesses, and prescribing the best ’dose’ (intensity, frequency and duration) of treatment in terms of activities and participation is important. Exercise also has beneficial effects on mood and quality of life.
Taking appropriate rests during treatment sessions to ensure recovery is essential. Pushing yourself when tired will not be of benefit and the sessions will have negative effects and exacerbate the fatigue.
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At In Step Physical Therapy, our team, including highly qualified physiotherapists, massage therapists, lymphatic massage therapists, personal trainers, kinesiologists, psychologists and nutrition practitioners are committed to providing comprehensive care for individuals living with Multiple Sclerosis, addressing a wide range of related conditions to help enhance patients’ quality of life and functionality. Contact us to receive the care you deserve.