Thank you to everyone who took part in MS Awareness Week between Tuesday 23 and Saturday 27 April 2019 as we raised awareness of multiple sclerosis.
Multiple sclerosis is a condition that affects the central nervous system – the brain and spinal cord. There is currently no cure. The symptoms people experience vary greatly from person to person and over time. Such symptoms may include fatigue, pain, sensory problems such as with vision, cognition difficulties and issues with bodily functions such as speech and swallowing, and bladder and bowel.
During MS Awareness Week we were talking about the benefits of exercise. It is widely acknowledged that regular exercise is important, but what do you do when you have a condition like MS that can give you ‘bad’ days and leave you feeling like exercise is the last thing on your mind? The important thing to remember is that doing something is better than nothing at all and ultimately, you may find that in the long term you will feel the benefits of anything you can do.
Exercise can improve cardiovascular fitness, muscle core strength, mobility, balance and coordination. It can improve mood, increase energy levels and help with weight management. It’s also a great way to meet people and socialise. MS affects people differently, so finding the right exercise for you is important. There is no one type of exercise recommended for people with MS, it's entirely down to you to choose something you are able to do and enjoy, this way you are more likely to continue.
We have developed a free booklet all about exercise which includes some seated exercises to help you get started. We hope you find this useful and it includes first-hand quotes from other people who have been in your position - people who can truly understand and empathise with your feelings about exercise.
Read the Choices exercise booklet
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All year round, MS charities across the UK are here to support you, whether you want to find out more about MS nurses, where your local therapy centre is or if you want to access counselling to help you manage multiple sclerosis.
MS-UK services include a national helpline, New Pathways magazine and MS-UK Counselling. We also have a wellness centre in Essex. Find out all about how we can support you on our web page.
The MS National Therapy Centres is a membership organisation which exists solely to support the continuing development of member centres, of which there are over 50 across the UK.
The MS Trust is a UK charity that believes that no one should have to manage MS alone. They provide trusted information about MS, offer training and education and are working with the NHS to fund new MS specialist nurses in the UK.