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Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease causing damage to the myelin, the protective covering of nerves. This interrupts the normal flow of impulses along the axons, or nerve fibers, and can result in a wide variety of symptoms depending on the affected area of the central nervous system. 

People with multiple sclerosis can benefit greatly from physiotherapy. The frequency and type of physiotherapy intervention will change throughout the course of the disease process. For example, more treatment may be required after an exacerbation or following injury, while intermittent monitoring may be all that is required after the adoption of an exercise program. Ongoing physiotherapy management can optimize function, maintain mobility, and help with adaptations as necessary.

Individual Hands-on Physiotherapy in the comfort of your home or in our clinic can address identified issues regarding pain, muscle strength, spasticity, balance, and mobility problems.  Exercises to improve strength, range of motion, and to optimize function will be assigned, and these will directly relate to functional activity (e.g. getting up out of a chair) so that muscles are strengthened in the way that they are typically used.

Physiotherapists with ADP authorization can prescribe equipment as indicated.

Our physiotherapists and exercise therapists can establish an Individual Fitness Program for home use, or will visit your local gym with you to establish an on-site regime. Current research shows that regular exercise not only helps to maintain function, but can reduce the fatigue experienced by many persons with MS. In addition, our physiotherapists can provide Pool Therapy or establish a pool exercise program for you in your home or neighbourhood pool.

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  1. Neuron. (2017, March 14). Retrieved May 05, 2020, from https://smart.servier.com/smart_image/neuron-2/


This website provides general information about our services and conditions treated. It is not intended to be used for self-assessment or treatment, and is not a substitute for an individualized treatment plan developed by a registered physiotherapist.

By the Action Potential Rehabilitation Staff

Page last reviewed: June 2, 2023