Exercise is good for your brain

Interesting article from the MS Trust website – It is well-known that exercise is good for physical and mental health, but less well-known that exercising also protects and repairs the structures of the brain.  This review summarises animal and human studies which demonstrate how physical activity has a direct beneficial effect on brain structures and biological processes.

Animal studies have revealed that physical activity increases the production of new neurons, improves the wiring which connects different parts of the brain, reduces demyelination and promotes remyelination. Recent research in mice has also provided evidence that exercise may create an environment in the brain which is more favourable for the actions of the remyelinating drug clemastine. The authors propose the term “MedXercise” to describe the synergistic effect seen when physical activity is paired with medication.

Studies in people with MS have shown that exercise leads to improvements in the wiring within the brain, reduced brain volume loss, reduced lesion numbers, and reduced activity in brain areas which had been compensating for loss of function.

The reviewers conclude that data from animal models and from people with MS support the view that exercise improves brain and spinal cord structures and functions but acknowledge there is still much to learn.

Read the study in more detail here

Coronavirus advice for people with MS

With the Covid guidelines frequently changing, what actually is the advice for people with MS?

It all depends on where you live.

Here is a list of reliable webpages where you can get the most up to date advice. Whilst every care has been taken to only share reputable sites, these are beyond our control. 

MS information

MS Society

MS Trust


Gov UK: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19 

To request a test: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/g…


‘Please give me space’: https://pleasegivemespace.uk/

Upright Mobility Walker

This was donated to us and it looks new, they are selling new on ebay for around £300.  If anyone would like it please make a reasonable offer, speak to Sue.

Upright Mobility Walker, lightweight rollator walker, 4 wheel walking aid
Details: The UpWalker Lite is a lighter smaller model of the original UPWalker, the revoluntionary new mobility product that enables users to walk upright in a safer, more secure posture as compared to traditional walkers and rollators that cause users to hunch over.  It is light and easy to manoeuvre in tight spaces, easy to lift and better to transport and suited for smaller, frailer users.  
Specificiations: User Height Range 4’7″ – 5’10″User Weight Capacity 136kgLength 29″Width 24.8″Armrest Height Range 34″-45″Seat Width and Depth 18″W x 10″ DSeat Height from Ground 21.5″Sit-to-stand Handle Height 27″Unit weight 7kgWheel size 8″ Front, 6″ RearFolded Dimensions:Length 29″Height 40″Width 8.5″

Procedures for ALL therapies – commencing 5th January 2021

Commencing 5th January 2021

  • Arrive at the centre and ring the doorbell by the front door, DO NOT ENTER the building.  If someone else is waiting, wait at the bottom of the ramp until the walkway is clear AND KEEP A 2 METRE DISTANCE AT ALL TIMES
  • Someone will come to the front door and take your temperature and ask you to confirm you have no symptoms of Covid19.
  • Before entering the centre, use the automatic hand sanitiser to the right of the front door.
  • You are required to wear a mask that you can either bring with you, or make a donation for one provided at the centre.  (Centre masks are CE Certified masks, Type IIR)
  • You can bring a carer to help you into the centre, if this is necessary, but request that they do not stay, but remain contactable.


MONDAY 10.30, TUESDAY 10am and 11.30am, THURSDAY 10.30am, FRIDAY 10.30am

  • IF YOU ARRIVE EARLY PLEASE WAIT IN YOUR CAR.    When your temperature has been taken you need to go STRAIGHT into the chamber with your mask on.  THERE SHOULD BE NO CHATTING IN THE CHAMBER.  Bring your own water and container and take home to wash.  Bring your own blanket/hot water bottle if required and take home.
  • We will only be able to accommodate 3 people per oxygen session due to social distancing at sitting positions 1,3,5 or 2,4,6
  • Keep your paper mask on until pressurisation of tank reaches half way, the operator will tell you when this is.  Masks must be kept on until the end of the session/or until it is hard to breath then remove oxygen mask and put on paper mask.
  • It is your responsibility to sanitise your OWN masks AT HOME using soap and water, make sure you dry properly and remember to bring to each session. 
  • After the session volunteers will completely sanitise the chamber using wipes, this includes door handles, chair, chair arms etc.
  • Oxygen pipes will be sterilised in Milton solution after every session





  • Bring your own towel AND gown/blanket as required.
  • DO NOT HANG AROUND IN RECEPTION, TURN UP AT YOUR APPOINTMENT TIME, there will be no sitting in reception.  Leave the centre straight away.

Other relevant notes:

  • If you feel unwell you should not come in and if you feel unwell within 2 weeks of being at the centre you will need to tell us promptly
  • We can now take payments by card, please do so if you can, OR payments can be made online (ask for details)
  • MS Patients will get priority over appointments
  • No socialising AT ALL, so no tea/coffee/biscuits, sorry ☹
  • You should leave the centre immediately after your appointment.
  • Everyone should sanitise the toilet after each use, using the sanitising spray in the toilet and paper towel, then dispose of in the bin (NOT DOWN THE TOILET)
  • There is also 5 litre hand sanitiser on the reception table
  • These procedures are constantly changing, so please read them if they are sent to you again as they may have been updated.

Raffle Prize Winners

OMSTC via btconnect.onmicrosoft.com 12:35 PM (2 hours ago)
to Karen

1st prize, Risi,

2nd prize, Linda

3rd prize, Rebecca

4th prize, Amanda

5th prize, Nick

Many thanks for buying raffle tickets, you raised £225 

Wishing you all a different ‘Merry’ Christmas and a hopefully much better New Year!

Updated procedures during Tier 4

Unfortunately from Boxing Day Oxfordshire goes into Tier 4.  Following guidance from MNSTC a decision has been made that we cannot offer complimentary therapies.  For our centre we can only offer physiotherapy, osteopathy, footcare and oxygen which are classed as ‘essential’ therapies, which means massage, acupuncture and the gym will not be on offer. This will come into effect from Boxing Day.  This is very unfortunate and not a decision that has been taken lightly.  I hope we can get our complementary therapies back running very quickly.  
Procedures have also had to be tightened, please read the updated procedure attached.   Of note:

  • Please only turn up at your appointment time,
  • If you arrive early please wait in your car.
  • No seating available in reception.
  • No hanging around in reception before or after appointments
  • No chatting in the oxygen chamber. 
  • Payments can be made online by bacs to avoid people in reception (ask for bank details)
  • Please read the updated procedures.

Tier 4

We plan to stay open for oxygen (subject to oxygen operators being willing to come in) and we are awaiting responses from therapists. We should Protocols will be rigidly adhered (temperature check, masks, etc)

Easy ways to raise funds for your centre.

Membership fees are due starting in January.  Membership rates remain the same, MS: £12 Non-MS: £24, however, if you paid your 2020 membership between January-March 2020 you did not receive a full year subscription as we were closed due to Covid-19, you are therefore entitled to half-price 2021 membership.    Please make sure you complete the membership form even if you pay membership via bank transfer, the membership form is needed to check the information we keep about you is up to date.

100 club – It would be great to get more people signed up to the 100 club, it’s only £5 a month.  The prize fund currently paid out between 3 winners every month is £75, but obviously would increase if more people were in it.  We currently have 31 people signed up, you have to be a member of the centre to be in the 100 club.

Small home collection tins – We have small home collection tins for your small change, please ask if interested

Amazon – if you shop at Amazon, please go via our website, click on the Amazon link at the top of our webpage www.omstc.org this raises about 5% of the money spent, please share this information with your friends and family. We raised just over £200 in 2020.

Easyfundraising – is the UK’s biggest charity shopping site and its free to use.  Just start shopping first at easyfundraising then shop as normal.  Retailers will then make a small donation to the Centre.  There’s over 4,449 retailers to choose from.  We have raised nearly £100 in 2020 and £150 in 2019, with very few supporters.https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/omstc/

Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre Oxfordshire Fundraising | Easyfundraisingeasyfundraising® is the UK’s biggest charity shopping fundraising site. It’s simple to use and it’s free. Since we launched in 2005, we’ve helped thousands of good causes raise money simply by shopping online.www.easyfundraising.org.uk

We are raising money through Recycling for Good Causes, we are after the following items:

  • Jewellery (any material, wearable or broken)
  • watches
  • Used stamps
  • Gadgets (mobile phones, cameras, satnav, game consoles, tablets, MP3 etc)
  • Unwanted currency (no matter how old)
  • Used Ink cartridges