Groundbreaking Multiple Sclerosis Report praises the value of exercise

Neuro Physio Wales has welcomed a new consensus report which includes advice on how sufferers can best manage and reduce the symptoms of MS.

The report, prepared by an international group of neurologists led by Professor Gavin Giovannoni outlines a consensus approach to improving diagnosis, management and access to treatment for people with multiple sclerosis (MS).

An independent and global group of leading health professionals has developed the policy initiative calling for a change in approach to the management of multiple sclerosis, advocating a treatment approach that aims to minimise disease activity and maximise lifelong ‘brain health’.

The Report recommendations have been endorsed by global charity and support network Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis (OMS).   Over 50 other global organisations have also endorsed the report recommendations including the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation, the Multiple Sclerosis Trust in the UK, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of America and the Multiple Sclerosis Societies of UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Neuro Physio Wales has extensive experience in supporting clients with multiple sclerosis, and Clinical Director, Sara Davis particularly welcomed the report’s recommendations for exercise to form part of the treatment for MS, something the clinic has endorsed for some time. Sara explains:

“Our work with all brain diseases involves using exercise techniques proven to support brain health, neuroplasticity and mobility, and we have seen time and again how the right exercises can be incredibly beneficial in reducing symptoms for MS clients.

“However, the ‘right’ exercise is important to avoid fatigue.  Before MS sufferers sign up with the local gym, we would caution them to first seek medical advice from a neurologist or neurophysiotherapist, as a regular gym instructor may not have sufficient training to guide them to the right movements.  General exercise advice, such as ‘go for the burn’ is often inappropriate for MS sufferers, whereas proven exercises such as those taught in our neurophysiotherapy clinic can make a huge difference in managing symptoms.

“Overall, it’s great to see this global research being supported and endorsed by so many charities, and we look forward to continuing our work with clients with MS, helping them to put these recommendations into practice.”