Join MS-UK for their last online information session of the year on Monday 20 December at 2pm. Dr Gretchen will be showing how to use seated positions for exercise as an advantage and making it a challenging alternative to standing. Sounds the perfect accompaniment to our seated classes!
It will focus on seated exercises, demonstrating how using a seated position to practice exercises can be a good alternative to standing. The session is for everyone, so whether you want to add variation to your current exercise routine and perform some new challenging exercises from sitting or you are a wheelchair user and want to know some great exercises to work the core and upper body, then please join us for this session.
Dr Gretchen will first start the session by explaining the different positions you can exercise in when sitting. The purpose of this is to demonstrate the many options available to you that is not just the typical position of standing but using the position of sitting as an advantage rather than a compromise. Most people think standing is the best position for exercise, but that’s not necessarily true!
Secondly, Dr Gretchen will talk about why you would want to perform exercises in a seated position (i.e. improved quality of movement, reduced or increased level of difficulty, reduced pain and discomfort). They will also talk about how to position yourself for success for seated exercises (i.e. sitting up tall vs. reclined) and how changing your body position can get better results.
Dr Gretchen will then run through different seated exercises that will work on core strength, cardiovascular fitness, upper body strength and also lower body exercises.
Exercise positions –standing vs sitting positions
When and how to adapt – reducing / increasing the difficulty
Seated exercise demonstrations – types of exercise
The session will finish with time for questions and answers with Dr Gretchen.
How could DWP improve health assessments for PIP and ESA? We are sure there are some strong opinions on this! MPs want to hear your experiences of applying for PIP and ESA. There is more information about the survey by clicking here .
This survey is for people who have had an assessment to claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP), and/or people who have had a Work Capability Assessment to claim Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or as part of a Universal Credit claim. You don’t have to be claiming either benefit at the moment, and you can still fill in the survey if your claim wasn’t successful.You can share your thoughts here: https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx.
The government has announced that people with MS in the UK will be eligible for one of two new treatments if they catch COVID-19. Currently, treatments are only available for people already in hospital.
This is taken from the MS Society website:
We have several vaccines doing an incredible job protecting people from COVID-19. But we can’t rely on vaccines alone because they’re not 100% effective. We also need treatments to stop people getting seriously ill if they catch COVID-19.
What are the new COVID-19 treatments?
Two treatments will be available – molnupiravir and Ronapreve. Both have been tested in clinical trials with “at risk” people experiencing mild to moderate symptoms. They work in different ways.
Molnupiravir (brand name Lagevrio)
Molnupiravir is an antiviral treatment. Viruses work by making lots of copies of themselves inside your body. An antiviral treatment targets the virus at an early stage, making it harder for it to make copies of itself. This lowers the level of virus circulating in your body.
Another antiviral treatment already available is remdesivir. This is available for people hospitalised with COVID-19, but only on a very limited basis.
Ronapreve (drug names casirivimab and imdevimab)
Ronapreve is an antibody treatment. Antibodies are molecules that our immune system makes. The antibodies recognise and neutralise threats.
Ronapreve contains two antibodies developed in the lab which mimic our natural antibodies.
The antibodies in Ronapreve target the virus. They attach themselves to the virus and stop it from infecting our cells.
Ronapreve is available for people in hospital with COVID-19 without COVID-19 antibodies.
“I forget where I have put things.” Sound familiar? We all forget where we have put things at times, and this may get worse when stressed or tired. Keeping track of all of our actions and decisions can be tough but the MS Trust Staying Smart resources are here to help. The MS Trust has got tips on how to help make it easier to recall where things are quickly. Here is their first tip:
Have a set place for everything (your glasses, your car keys) and always put these essential items in their set place.