Today I went to the MS-UK Centre of excellence… (MS-UK used to be called the Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre or MSRC) and had an induction at their “Wellness Studio”… I had a go on some of their equipment. have a look at what they’ve got here:
(also… the rest of their website and publications are worth a noey if you haven’t seen then before)
I wanted to have a try on the FES (functional electrical stimulation) machine… but by the time I’d tried the vibrating do-dah and the Thera-vital machine i was exhausted and a bit shaky…. so wasn’t up to it.
the FES is apparently the only one being used for people with MS in the UK and although it’s in Colchester in Essex… MS-UK are encouraging people from all over to come and give it a try.
one guy who I spoke to who has been using it for a few months said he was now confident to walk up steps and stairs unaided… when before exercising and using the FES he more often than not tripped up, stumbled and dragged his feet up steps and fell up stairs regularly.
They also hold a yoga class on a Monday night… which i’m going to go along to and join in with.
They also have a qualified counsellor and a nice little treatment room too….
Prior to this the only thing I’d found locally was cups of tea and sticky bun coffee mornings since the young MS group Disappeared… and I’m really glad I dropped in.
Although MS-UK has a national reach, it has a grass roots Colchester base and centre… I’ve realised I’m very fortunate to have something like this on my doorstep … it would be interesting to know what else is out there and how people tap into their local resources? if your lucky enough to have anything near you?
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