Multiple Sclerosis is a lifelong neurological illness with an estimated 100,000 people in the UK living with the disease. This complex condition requires the right support in many areas including specialist seating. Our guide provides information on symptoms, living with the disease and what options are available to patients to ensure they are comfortable and safe.
What is Multiple Sclerosis?
Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune condition. The immune system begins attacking the body including the brain and spinal cord. This can cause a range of symptoms which can affect vision, balance and movement.
It is important to contact your GP if you have a collection of the following symptoms.
- Vision problems
- Numbness and tingling
- Muscle spasms, stiffness and weakness
- Mobility issues
- Cognitive issues
- Depression and anxiety
Living with MS
There is no cure for MS, however, there are steps you can take to help live as comfortable a life as possible.
Keep Healthy – A well-balanced diet which is low in fat and high in fibre can help maintain weight and improve bowel health. In addition supplements and vitamin, tablets can support the body.
Therapies – Certain therapies can help alleviate the symptoms, these are known as disease-modifying therapies.
Fight Fatigue – Take regular rests and manage your energy levels by listening to your body.
Exercise Choice – There are many exercises to consider which include aerobics, stretching and resistance classes. The important factor is to take it steady and work slowly to evaluate how your body is feeling at the time.
How Premiere Can Help
A patient with Multiple Sclerosis can vary their degree of needs based on the fluctuations of the disease and its progression. It is crucial therefore that their specialist seating must be adjustable. When choosing the right Careflex chair, we will evaluate the patient’s clinical history, environmental factors alongside their personal preferences.
At Premiere Healthcare we would recommend the following chairs to our patients with complex needs; The Hydroflex, The Smart Seat and The Hydrotilt. Each one has been specially designed to offer all-around support to help with comfort management and posture.
To book your free assessment or to find out how we can help, please get in touch.