McTimoney Chiropractic Care starting Thursday 28th February –

Whilst chiropractic cannot halt or reverse MS, it can offer symptomatic relief of pain which comes from wheelchair use, trauma from falls and altered posture. Treatments can take place either on the bench or wheelchair users restricted in mobility can be adjusted in their chair if preferred. 
Chiropractic focuses on musculoskeletal care and spinal health and is a hands-on, evidence based form of spinal and joint manipulation. In a study of chiropractic care conducted amongst members of UK MS therapy centres, 42% of those surveyed utilised chiropractic care with the majority stating that they did so to manage their MS symptoms. “It likely that most utilise chiropractic care to manage pain, as this is one of the commonest symptoms”. (Carson et al, 2009. Chiropractic care amongst people with multiple sclerosis: A survey of MS therapy centres in the UK) Utilising the gentle McTimoney technique, alongside soft tissue therapy, Natalie and Andy are delighted to be able to offer chiropractic care at the Centre. Practitioner:       Natalie Day and Andy AttwoodWhen:          Thursdays 10am to 1pmLength:         45 minutes 

Rituximab beneficial in secondary progressive MS

Source Medicalxpress:  For patients with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS), treatment with rituximab is associated with a significantly lower Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) score and delayed progression, according to a study published online Jan. 7 in JAMA Neurology.
Yvonne Naegelin, M.D., from the University of Basel in Switzerland, and colleagues conducted a retrospective cohort study using data from patients with SPMS at three multiple sclerosis centers from 2004 to 2017. The EDSS score was compared for 54 patients with SPMS treated with rituximab and 59 patients not treated with rituximab; after propensity score matching, 44 pairs of patients were included. Patients were followed for up to 10 years.  Read on. 

You can now apply or renew your Blue Badge online

Source Disability Rights UK: You can now apply for a Blue Badge, or renew your old one, within half an hour thanks to a new online service launched by the Department for Transport.
The Blue Badge scheme allows disabled people to park closer to their destination than other drivers, as they are less able to take public transport or walk long distances.
In the past, on average, it took 17 days to apply for and get your Blue Badge – or 28 days if you needed a medical assessment.  By claiming online an application should only take 13 minutes – or up to half an hour if you need to give more information.
Apply for or renew your Blue Badge online
Find out more about the Blue Badge Scheme
You can still apply for a Blue Badge offline if you wish.

UK Experts Propose New Guidelines to Treat Women with MS Before, During, After Pregnancy

Source Multiple Sclerosis News Today:  Multiple sclerosis (MS) experts in the United Kingdom have proposed consensus guidelines for the management and treatment of pregnant women with the disease, and couples affected by MS who are planning a pregnancy.

The new guidelines are expected to reduce uncertainty about treatments that are considered to be safe and appropriate for this particular MS population.  

The guidelines were published in the journal Practical Neurology, in an article titled “UK consensus on pregnancy in multiple sclerosis: ‘Association of British Neurologists’ guidelines.”  Read on.

Disease modifying drugs may reduce risk of secondary progressive MS

Source MS Trust:  People with relapsing remitting MS starting early treatment with a disease modifying drug have a lower risk of developing secondary progressive MS, according to a study of medical records.
People with relapsing remitting MS often find that, over time, their MS changes so that they have fewer or no relapses while, at the same time, their disability is increasing. This is called secondary progressive MS (SPMS). The change between relapsing remitting and secondary progressive MS is not a sudden switch but a gradual process.  Read on.

Very sad news

Sadly we lost Ed, a member and much valued and loved volunteer on Tuesday at 4am, he will be greatly missed by us all.  He did did a lot of work behind the scenes to make the centre a better place.  There is a card at the centre for his wife Pauline if you wish to sign it.  RIP Ed.

MS Nurse visit

Sue Barnden is coming to the centre on Thursday 4th April, from 10-3pm,  45min appointments available to book in the diary NOW.