Physiotherapy and exercise classes

Physiotherapy is very important for managing MS. Our Centre, serving Harrow and the wider north west London area, has an experienced team of physiotherapists.

Physiotherapy for MS

New members of our Centre get assessed by our physiotherapists (or physios, for short) to learn about any problems they have related to MS. A personal programme is then worked out to meet their needs.

A physio helps a Harrow MS Therapy Centre patient improve her upper-limb function

Regular physiotherapy plays a key role in the management of MS.

A programme might say they should visit the Centre once or twice a week for individual treatment, using our equipment (for example, a standing frame, or hand bike). They can also join the weekly exercise classes or yoga classes. We could also recommend going to a local gym, or doing a home exercise programme, and coming back to the Centre quite often for reviews and updates.

Physiotherapy helps people with MS to strengthen muscles, maintain control and balance and reduce spasticity. Physiotherapy programmes are designed to help maximise movement and mobility, helping to keep existing abilities.

Exercise classes for MS

A physio helps a Harrow MS Therapy Centre patient to improve her core stability

Exercise can improve muscle strength and overall fitness.

We run a weekly exercise class in six-week blocks. Exercising regularly keeps your body working to its full potential. The exercise class at the Centre is specially made for people with MS, and supervised by our physiotherapists; you can join in whatever your level of fitness and mobility.

Exercise can:

  • improve the overall health of people with milder MS
  • help people with more serious MS to stay as mobile and active as possible
  • help some people manage MS symptoms and decrease the risk of heart disease
  • improve muscle strength and fitness, helping with mobility or weakness problems
  • help manage weight control, especially when combined with a healthy, well-balanced diet

Exercise and MS symptoms

  • Fatigue. Exercise can help improve strength, fitness and mood — all of which can help you to manage your fatigue/tiredness.
  • Balance and walking. Physiotherapy programmes, outdoor walking and aerobics can help people improve their balance and walking.
  • Muscle spasms or stiffness. Stretching and exercises are a key part of treating and managing muscle spasms or stiffness.
  • Bladder and bowel. Keeping physically active may help some people with bowel control. A study in 1996 found that people with MS had improvements in their bowel functions after taking part in a 15-week course of aerobic training.
  • Low mood, anxiety or depression. If issues such as low mood, anxiety or depression arise, exercise may help. Regular aerobic exercise has been shown to help with mild to moderate depression.

How to join our physiotherapy and exercise classes

Get in touch with us at the Centre to discuss having a physiotherapy assessment session.

Other therapies available at the Centre

We also offer:

  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • A variety of other therapies for MS — chiropody, yoga, reflexology, and several different types of massage: whole body, back, neck & shoulder, remedial (sports) massage, aromatherapy, and hot stones.

See our weekly MS therapies schedule for details of when the various sessions run.