Today marks the first day of Complementary Therapy Week and all this week we will be sharing resources to inform you on the different types of complementary therapy available and real-life stories from MSers who have used complementary therapy.
There are different ways to manage multiple sclerosis (MS), including a range of disease modifying drugs and complementary therapies. Complementary therapies are typically non-medicated and include practices such as reflexology, acupuncture and alterations to your diet.
The aim of Complementary Therapy Week is to raise awareness of the other methods available to practice alongside medicines, and MS-UK offers comprehensive information on a variety of these that can help people living with MS, with some services available for you to access from home. The information available is there to help you make the right choices and evaluate the options that may work for you.
It is estimated that around 70 per cent of people living with MS use complementary therapies, with reflexology and massage therapy being two of the most used and beneficial. If complementary therapy is something that you’d like to try, ensure that the therapist for your chosen option is reputable, a member of a professional body and fully insured. It’s also worth noting how the cost may impact you, especially if it requires multiple sessions to become effective.
Mindfulness is one of the many complementary therapies noted to be beneficial to those living with MS. At MS-UK, there are two mindfulness courses available for you to try. The practice of mindfulness helps you become aware of your body and sensations through breathing techniques to help manage them, rather than be overwhelmed by them.
Read more about our mindfulness courses