Monday and Friday
9am - 3:15pm
From £20 (45mins)
Both research and a wealth of 'user' experience show that physiotherapy has a vital role in containing the effects of MS. At Therapy Centres professionally qualified physiotherapists specialising in the treatment of MS provide both individual and group remedial treatments.
What is Physiotherapy at the Centre like?
Individual sessions provide the basis for trained assessment of the MS person in particular areas of difficulty and the exercise routines best needed to control and improve these conditions. The individual's progress can thereafter be monitored and his/her programme adjusted to suit any changes in condition as soon as they become detected.
Exercise is never easy (except for fanatics!) but people are only asked to do what they are capable of and what is right for their MS state. Taking 'physio' in a group or class helps most people to maintain a disciplined approach to regular exercise and turns this essential effort into an enjoyable social occasion.
How does Physiotherapy relate to MS?
In spite of the variety of symptoms of MS, there are certain important factors similar to them all. Hence different people with different symptoms can benefit greatly from the same set of exercises.
Some of the symptoms of MS, such as muscle weakness or spasm, occur as a secondary symptom to the initial nerve damage, and so if the body is persuaded to move normally - even if its reflex responses have diminished - the adverse effect that abnormal movement has on muscles will be delayed. The aims of neurological physiotherapy are to:
improve and maintain joint mobility
improve and maintain balance and co-ordination
delay muscle spasms
maintain general fitness
maintain normal patterns of movement
These in turn will help limb control, reduce spasticity, improve strength, aid walking and act against further secondary complications.
Monday and Wednesday
12pm - 2:30pm
£8 per session
At the Lincolnshire MS Therapy Centre we offer counselling sessions to all members, their family and carers. We provide a safe place to explore the concerns you/they may have.
With over twenty years of experience and knowledge base of therapeutic models, Maria Marwaha is our psychodynamic counsellor and integrative clinical supervisor.
It’s imperative to say that counselling is a process, not an instant fix. Expecting change after only one session is perhaps asking too much however having been empathically listened to in a non-judgemental manner will have a positive effect. Counselling offers a safe confidential space which encourages emotional growth and well-being.
9am - 3pm
Non-members: From £35
Sarah Stanley provides acupuncture treatments at the Lincolnshire MS Therapy Centre.
"I trained at the University of Lincoln undertaking a three-year Bachelor of Science Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture and I graduated in 2016 with First Class Honours. I was very lucky I had the most knowledgeable and fantastic tutors who were trained in Conventional medicine as well as Chinese Medicine, so I gained an avid interest into how these two aspects of medicine can work on their own as well as the benefits of how they can work together to combat pain, chronic illness and maintain health and well-being. During my degree I developed special interests in acupuncture for pain management and managing the side-effects of medication; particularly anti-depressants and pain medication and since then I have expanded this interest into how best acupuncture can be used to treat neurological disorders including Multiple Sclerosis and post-stroke recovery.
I am registered and regulated by the British Acupuncture Council (BacC) which is the UK’s largest regulatory body for practitioners of traditional acupuncture. The BacC is a founder member of the Professional Standards Authority Accredited Voluntary Register (AVR) and maintains high standard of training, safe practice and professional conduct. All members must have a minimum of three-year degree training in traditional acupuncture and can be recognised with the letter MBAcC after their name.
Acupuncture is one of the safest and longest established forms of healthcare and is suitable for people of all ages. It can be used effectively as a stand-alone treatment as well as alongside conventional medicine. Acupuncture regulates the flow of qi around the body through pathways called meridians to help to balance and restore health and well-being.
During an acupuncture treatment I will take a full case history and tailor my treatments to provide the best outcome for your health issue. Treatment time lasts for one hour where acupuncture is administered, sometimes I may use cupping therapy and this is all included in the treatment cost. Acupuncture should not hurt, the needles are literally the width of a hair and most people I treat find the treatment very relaxing."
If you wish to book an appointment please call us on 01522 543333 or you call Sarah directly on 07711578907. Booking is essential.
If you are unsure if acupuncture is right for you, you are more than welcome to call Sarah with any questions you may have.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
9am - 3pm
£6 - £25 (1hr)
The Centres around the country have been operating for more than 25 years, and over 2 million sessions of oxygen treatment using chambers have been undertaken without a single serious incident. It is a great tribute to the thousands of people with MS, and their relatives and Carers, who have been involved in the Centres. The centres treat those with MS but experience shows a range of benefits including relief from fatigue, incontinence and muscle control.
At present, oxygen treatment is not given by the NHS, so the MS Therapy Centres provide an important resource for people with MS who wish to use this treatment. The centres also provide oxygen treatment to people with other conditions, including sports injuries, osteo-radionecrosis, ulcers, cerebral palsy and stroke.
What is Oxygen Treatment?
Oxygen treatment refers to breathing a high level of oxygen for a short time to correct a lack of oxygen in the tissues of the body. To raise the level of oxygen in damaged tissues pure medical oxygen is breathed through a face mask, but because oxygen is poorly soluble in blood it is also necessary to use a higher pressure.
Individuals receiving oxygen treatment therefore need to sit in a pressure chamber, we use Baro-Chambers. The Chambers are pressurised up to twice normal atmospheric pressure. The pressure inside is increased by using compressed air, and oxygen is provided by a built-in breathing system.
Oxygen treatment in a MS Therapy Centre is ‘self help’ which simply means that the person with MS takes the decision to sit in a chamber and to breathe the oxygen. The oxygen treatment is administered by trained operators.
What is an Oxygen Treatment session like?
Oxygen treatment sessions at MS Therapy Centres are simple, and painless, and once they have become accustomed to the procedure most members find the sessions pleasurable and relaxing. Each session consists of three phases:
After members have entered the chamber to start a session the door is closed and there is the sound of incoming air as the pressure increases. It will usually get slightly warmer, members may feel ‘fullness’ in their ears, similar to that felt in an aircraft. This can be relieved by clearing or ‘equalising’ the pressure in the ears, either by using prescribed techniques or just making conversation. If a member suffers discomfort they must inform the operator and the rate of compression can be either relieved or reduced. Other sounds can usually be ignored, but experienced operators generally give reassurance to members until they are used to the experience.
The treatment begins when the pressure reaches the prescribed level (from 1.25 atmosphere (ata) to 2.0 ata depending on the stage of treatment). Members may then rest, read, listen to music.
The operator advises members when the treatment is complete and reduces the pressure slowly, until it is the same as the ambient atmosphere. At this point, the Chamber door can be opened and the session ends.