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Physiotherapy  

Physiotherapy is our most popular therapy, with over half of our members receiving the benefits in the last 12 months.  It is offered five days a week in our purpose built gym by qualified physiotherapists, who have specialist knowledge in treating neurological conditions.

In order to maintain mobility, it is crucial that we remain as active as possible, but this can be a challenge for people with MS when their muscle strength and movement is affected.  Through regular physiotherapy, muscles can be exercised in the correct way and so, where possible, mobility can be maintained and the issues associated with a lack of movement can be prevented or addressed.

In addition, physiotherapy can be combined with the other therapies on offer at the Centre to help ease pain, which can be one of the most difficult symptoms to treat effectively. Our therapists and Centre staff can speak to you about whether a combination of therapies might be right for you.

Physiotherapy is offered in a variety of ways.  For safety purposes, all new members to the Centre will have an assessment with a physiotherapist (even if they do not wish to have physiotherapy) and, if physiotherapy is requested, a discussion will be had between the individual and the physiotherapist as to the most suitable format.

One-to-one physiotherapy sessions last 45 minutes and are available for people who have a specific issue that cannot be addressed in a group class, or who do not have the ability to join a group class.

Group exercise classes (maximum 10 people) last an hour, with some classes ending with 10-15 minutes of relaxation.  These classes are led by our physiotherapists so encourage people to exercise in a way that will be effective for them, as well as providing a fun, sociable atmosphere.

Group therapy (maximum 5 people) also lasts an hour, with smaller groups allowing for more focussed attention on specific issues.
Both types of exercise class are tailored to varying ability and mobility levels, so that there is something for everyone.
Whichever format your physiotherapy takes, the aim is to prevent or reduce secondary problems by:

  • Giving general advice
  • Maintaining/improving joint mobility
  • Preventing/reducing muscle spasms
  • Maintaining/improving muscle power
  • Maintaining/improving normal patterns of movement
  • Improving/maintaining balance and coordination
  • Reducing/preventing ataxia
  • Maintaining/improving general fitness

All physiotherapists attend courses to maintain and improve their knowledge of treatment of MS and liaise with other Health Care Professionals within the Centre and in the NHS.


Physiotherapy Timetable


One-to-one physiotherapy is available Monday to Friday, from 09:00 to 16:15.
 
Exercise Classes occur as follows:
   
Monday: 10:30-11:30 – Seated Class 12:00-13:00 – High Balance Class
Wednesday:    09:30-10:30 – Seated Class
  09:30-10:30 – High Balance Class
  10:45-11:45 – Seated Class
  12:00-13:00 – High/Medium Balance Class
  12:00-13:00 – High Balance Cardio Class
   
Group Therapy Classes are available as follows:
   
Thursday:    09:30-10:15
Friday:    09:30-10:15

In addition, our physiotherapists provide outreach physiotherapy classes in Weston-Super-Mare on Thursday afternoons (13:00-14:00 – Seated Class, 14:30-15:30 – Standing Class).

 
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