Relapses can be very challenging for people living with MS

There are a variety of different approaches (in addition to medication) that can help during relapses, depending on the symptom. Examples include:1

  • Active motor training, sensory stimulation (e.g. transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation or TENS), strength/aerobic training for sensory motor symptoms such as numbness, tingling and burning
  • Treadmill training for gait problems
  • Memory and attention training for cognition challenges
  • Speech therapy for eating and swallowing difficulties and for speech symptoms
  • Pelvic floor training for bladder and bowel function
  • Physiotherapy and psychological tools for pain

There is also support available to help you in your workplace and in your community.

Go for it – strive for improvement and actively participate in your rehabilitation.

icon_hand_heartDon’t be afraid to speak up and ask for help. Your healthcare team will be able to recommend rehabilitation activities and exercises for you and will put you in touch with the best person to help you with them.

icon_compassMS Australia has developed a handy tool called the Service Compass, which can help you to identify the support you may need and connect to a healthcare professional.

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  • Kesselring J. Eur Neurological Rev 2017;12(1):31-36.