Multiple Sclerosis Treatment: The Benefits of Physiotherapy

Multiple Sclerosis Treatment: The Benefits of Physiotherapy

If you have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), you may be wondering about the best way to treat the condition. MS is a chronic, inflammatory disease that affects the central nervous system. There is no cure for MS, but there are treatments that can help improve symptoms. One of the most effective treatments for MS is physiotherapy. In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of physiotherapy and how it can help manage symptoms of MS.

Multiple sclerosis can cause a range of symptoms, including muscle weakness, balance issues, and difficulty walking. Physiotherapy can help improve these symptoms by strengthening muscles and improving coordination and balance. It can also help with pain management and reduce spasticity in the muscles.

How physiotherapy can help in different stages of MS?

Multiple sclerosis is a debilitating disease that can have a major impact on a person’s quality of life. The early stages of the disease can be particularly difficult, as patients often experience a range of symptoms including muscle weakness, fatigue and problems with coordination. Physiotherapy can be an effective treatment for early-stage multiple sclerosis, helping to improve symptoms and improve quality of life. Physiotherapy can help to reduce muscle weakness and fatigue, and improve coordination and balance. The therapist may also provide education on how to manage symptoms and protect against further deterioration. In some cases, physiotherapy can help to delay or prevent the onset of some of the more disabling symptoms of multiple sclerosis. As a result, it is important to seek early intervention from a physiotherapist if you are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.


Physiotherapy multiple sclerosis treatment can play an important role in managing relapse of multiple sclerosis. Relapse is a sudden recurrence or worsening of symptoms, and can be a very difficult experience for patients and their families.

Physiotherapy can help to ease symptoms and can help you regain what you lost during the relapse.


Progressive multiple sclerosis is where you don’t experience a relapse but a gradually worsening of the condition. Your doctor may refer you to a Physiotherapists where they can help you compensate for the changes you’re experiencing. They can teach you how to use mobility aids effectively and wheelchairs if needed.


In the later stages of multiple sclerosis, when symptoms become more severe and disability increases, physiotherapy can help to maintain muscle strength and improve mobility. Such as strengthing your upper body, learning how to sit properly, and use mobility aids.  Physiotherapy can also play a role in pain management and improving quality of life for patients with progressive MS.

Overall, physiotherapy is a valuable treatment for multiple sclerosis. In addition to physical benefits, physiotherapy can also have positive effects on mental health. The physical activity involved in physiotherapy can help improve mood and reduce stress and anxiety. It can also increase self-confidence and independence, as individuals with MS are able to perform daily tasks more easily.

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Where will you have physiotherapy for multiple sclerosis?

When choosing a physiotherapy provider, it is important to consider your specific needs and goals. For some people with MS, a hospital setting may be the best option, as it can provide access to specialized equipment and a team of medical professionals. Others may prefer a private clinic, which can offer more flexible appointment times and a more personal level of care. Ultimately, the decision of where to receive physiotherapy for MS should be based on what will work best for you. With the help of a qualified physiotherapist, you can live a full and active life despite your diagnosis.

What to expect from your first physiotherapy appointment?

Your first physiotherapy session for multiple sclerosis will usually last around an hour. During this time, your physiotherapist will assess your symptoms and mobility. They will also ask about your medical history and any recent changes in your condition. Based on this information, they will devise a treatment plan tailored to your needs. This may involve exercises to improve your strength and flexibility, as well as advice on how to manage your symptoms. Your physiotherapist may also use massage or other manual therapies to help relieve muscle tension and pain. Throughout the session, they will monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments to the treatment plan. By the end of the session, you should have a better understanding of how to manage your condition and improve your symptoms.

In conclusion, physiotherapy can play an important role in the management of multiple sclerosis symptoms. Working with a qualified physiotherapist can greatly improve your ability to manage your condition and maintain an active lifestyle.


This appointment is your opportunity to tell us what hurts and discover whether physiotherapy or chiropractic care is a good fit for you! During this session, you will talk with a physiotherapist or chiropractor on a phone call (or online) and create the right care plan specifically for your pain. There is no obligation on this session is to find out whether physiotherapy or chiropractic care can help you getting back to doing the things you love in life.

Frequently Asked Questions

There is no clear answer to this question. Some research suggests that stress may play a role in triggering MS symptoms, but it is not known if stress can actually cause the disease. It is important to manage stress and prioritize self-care in order to manage MS symptoms and improve overall well-being.

There is currently no cure for multiple sclerosis. However, physiotherapy can play a role in managing symptoms and improving quality of life for individuals with MS. It is important to work with a qualified physiotherapist and have appropriate medical care in order to effectively manage the disease.

Multiple sclerosis can develop at any age, but it typically first presents in early adulthood (between the ages of 20 and 40). It is also more common in women than men.

About Pauline Martin

Pauline Martin has been a Physiotherapist since 1993. She obtained her Physiotherapy Degree from Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh, Scotland. She then went on and completed her Master of Science Degree in Health Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. Pauline was born in Scotland and immigrated to Canada when she was 16 months old. Pauline’s dream has been to ‘help someone walk again after they have and an injury’. Pauline gained her love of working with individuals with significant neurological conditions while she was an Activity Assistant at Pearson Hospital in Vancouver. There she learned how to communicate with, assist, care and understand individuals with significant disabilities.

In December 2007 Pauline was approached by a family member of one or her clients asking her ‘what do you think of the Lokomat?’ Pauline stated she thought it was an excellent tool and could be very useful. Six months later Neuromotion Physiotherapy Clinic, with the state of the art Lokomat, was opened on West 6th in Vancouver. In June 2010 Pauline was approached by another family to assist with bringing another Lokomat to Victoria BC and in January 2011 the Victoria Neuromotion Physiotherapy Clinic was opened. In 2016 Neuromotion opened its doors in Surrey, BC. by fund raising and partnering with the Legion Foundation we were able to purchase a Lokomat for that location.

Medical Disclaimer:

The information presented in this blog post is for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as medical advice. If you are seeking medical advice, treatment or a diagnosis, consult with a medical professional such as one suggested on this website. The Clinic Accelerator Inc. and the author of this page are not liable for the associated risks of using or acting upon the information contained in this article.

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