MS Society webinar: Talking to Children and Young Adults about MS – 25 August

Do you worry about telling your children about your MS? Or how much you should tell them? You’re not alone and it will be discussed with the panel as part of this information webinar.

Date: Thursday 25 August

Time: 6.30pm

An MS diagnosis has a huge impact on you and your family and you may be wondering how much you should be telling your children about your MS. You may also be concerned about overloading them or confusing them. Perhaps you’re worried they have noticed your symptoms or that you need to rest more and want to find out more about having age appropriate conversations.

The panel will be made up of people living with MS who have children at various ages. The discussion will be around telling children about MS and learning as a family to adapt to life with MS. They will also be joined by an MS nurse who’ll be sharing their experiences of communicating with children and opening up the discussion around supporting your children.

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This session is organised by national MS charity the MS Society. You can find out more about them by visiting their website at www.mssociety.org.uk

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MS UK Online session – Walking with MS Masterclass – 26 August

Many people with MS have difficulties when walking for various reasons, whether this is due to balance issues, sensory problems with foot placement, catching the foot as they step or experiencing weakness in the leg muscles. The masterclass will look at how you can identify these areas and demonstrate how to improve the different components of the walking cycle.

Date: Friday 26 August

Time: 2pm

Exercise specialist Alan Pearson will break down each phase of walking and give some useful exercises to practice to help improve balance, coordination and overall walking and confidence. There will be explanation on what is meant by ‘gait’, the typical phases of the walking cycle and how to help improve the efficiency and safety of walking.

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This session is organised by national MS charity, MS-UK. You can find out more about them by visiting their website at www.ms-uk.org

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MS-UK webinar: Strength training – improving strength for your MS, Mon 22 Aug

Strength is one of the key components for being physically active and staying healthy. This online session will cover the importance of strength training in managing MS and associated problems such as balance, walking and falling

Date: Monday 22 August

Time: 2pm

Dr Gretchen will will be looking at strength training and how to improve it through a focused approach for MS.

Strength is one of the key components for being physically active and staying healthy. Strength training is not simply about lifting weights to get stronger, but it is a key component to help improve issues such as balance, flexibility, walking and reduce the risk of falling. Other benefits include increased muscle mass, so although we might not be aiming for a world record in the Clean and Jerk, increasing muscle mass essentially means there are more muscle fibres to recruit leading to increased strength for a specific movement. We know that neuroplasticity takes place in the brain with exercise, increasing neural connections, so why not focus on increasing connections at the other end of the system too?!

In this information session Dr Gretchen will cover:

  • How can physiotherapy help with a progressive disease, like MS?
  • What is the difference between “regular” physio and MS physio?
  • MS-specific exercises and parameters when practising
  • Questions and answers

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This session is organised by national MS charity MS-UK. You can find out more about them by visiting their website at www.ms-uk.org. 

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Can you help with this research project?

Student Joni Bousie is investigating physical activity and its potential relationship with chronic pain in MS.

Those taking part will have their walking and movement (gait) analysed and physical activity monitored. They will also be asked to fill in questionnaires.

Joni, who is studying for a degree in medical sciences, writes: “Finding effective treatments for pain in people with MS falls at no. 9 in the top 10 research priorities list.

“It is crucial to further our understanding of how pain and physical activity may be linked in those with MS.”

Joni is keen to recruit our members to help in the study – if you would like to take part, please email 19019494@brookes.ac.uk

Regatta for the Disabled 3 September

The Regatta for the Disabled at Phylis Court, Henley on 3 September promises to be a great day out.

Supported by local organisations including the Rotary Club at Reading Abbey, the event offers a fun filled day on and by the River Thames for those with disabilities and their friends and families. Watch bell boat racing and join in with your own team, plus there will be free river trips adapted for wheelchairs and many land based activities including a fully accessible climbing wall to take wheelchairs, craft workshops, Circus Scene activities, adaptive rowing machines, Millers Ark Animals and much more fun, live music, food and drink.

Entry costs £5 (free entry for carers and children under 4.) There are no extra charges for boat trips or attractions.

For full details, please visit www.regattaforthedisabled.org