Grampian MS Therapy Centre
Contact: Eileen Matthew
01224 771105
grampian.ms@btinternet.com



Oxygen treatment


When we breathe we bring oxygen into the blood stream through the lungs. Normally, we are not conscious of breathing but it is so essential to life that if we stop we soon run into difficulties. Oxygen is absorbed from the air and carried in the blood stream with the aid of the heart to all parts of the body where it is essential for cell life and damage repair. The oxygen treatment we offer at the centre is designed to optimise the oxygen uptake in the blood.

Oxygen treatment
This simply involves breathing oxygen in a chamber under pressure - nothing more frightening than that. Supervision is by trained and experienced operators who will talk you through the process and answer any questions or concerns you may have. Whilst not suitable for everyone, some people derive great benefit from this. You decide whether to give it try and whether to continue or not.

The treatment consists of 20 sessions (Monday to Friday) for four weeks with regular top ups thereafter. The Baro chamber seats four people.

Starting your treatment
The centre follows a protocol for new clients, depending on the condition, past experience and the advice of our medical consultant. Each session lasts about one hour 20 minutes, including one hour at a pressure not more than twice what we normally breathe. This pressure is equivalent to being 32ft under water.

While in the chamber
You will be given a mask to wear and the operator will help you to put your mask on and make you comfortable. The mask can be removed during the session but it is better to keep it on whenever possible.

To pass time during your treatment you may take in with you reading material, phones, iPad, etc. (maximum 24 volts). Please be aware when taking in electrical devices, you do so at your own risk. The centre will not be liable for any breakages. Please wear comfortable, non-static clothing. Outdoor shoes are not allowed in the chamber. Slippers or cosy socks are allowed but we do have blue covers for putting over your outdoor shoes.

Any flammable material or items likely to cause fire are strictly forbidden. So is eating, sucking sweets or chewing gum. Non-fizzy drinks are allowed but not in a sealed container. Once your session is finished, please feel free to stay and have a cuppa, especially for your first few sessions. This is part of therapy.

Oxygen therapy and physiotherapy are provided free to anyone who requires the service. We ask clients, if they can afford it, to make a donation towards the centre’s running costs of £10 per session for MS clients and £15 per session for non-MS clients. Other therapies are paid for by clients individually.










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Physiotherapy


"Physiotherapy is not a cure for MS.

Physiotherapy cannot change the disease process.

Physiotherapy can help with some symptoms but not all symptoms. At the centre I will see people that are quite newly diagnosed, at any time during the progression, right up to when people are severely disabled and totally dependant. For newly diagnosed people I will give advice about exercising and teach some basic stretches that it is beneficial to get into the practise of doing.

As the disease progresses, one of my aims is to keep the person's joints and muscles in good enough nick so, if and when a cure comes along, their body will be in a fit state to make use of it.

Often people come for physiotherapy when they have already developed a disability. Their walking may have become difficult and abnormal. Sometimes people have just developed bad habits. With instruction and exercise there is often room for improvement and, sometimes, complete resolution.

For the severely disabled, many professionals feel that physiotherapy is wasted. If you were to ask the ill people, you would hear something very different. As they are unable to move themselves it brings them relief and pleasure to be moved around. Movement can relieve pain and can help with their mood. It greatly helps with posture and can prevent deformity."

Linda Strachan MCSP HPC

Oxygen therapy and physiotherapy are provided free to anyone who requires the service. We ask clients, if they can afford it, to make a donation towards the centre’s running costs of £10 per session for MS clients and £15 per session for non-MS clients. Other therapies are paid for by clients individually.




Case study 1
A lady came for physiotherapy because her walking was terrible. She walked – badly – with crutches. One knee remained very bent and she walked on the toes of that foot. This was a bad habit and had basically caused an orthopaedic problem. With exercises to practise daily at home and weekly visits to physiotherapist, she managed to totally straighten her knee and walk putting her whole foot on the ground. About six weeks later she decided she needed no more physiotherapy. She still walked with crutches, but learned how to live with her condition and not let it run her.
  Case study 2
A lady came to the centre after having been discharged from hospital after a relapse. She was in a wheelchair and had been told she would never walk again. As a physiotherapist, I think it is important never to destroy peoples’ hope – this lady wanted to walk again. We started with strengthening her legs and achieving standing balance, then working on sitting to standing, then walking with a frame, then with two sticks. Four years, she could come to her sessions by taxi, walking at both ends with two sticks.
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Reflexology


Many people with MS want to augment any medical help they are getting with the benefits of a complimentary therapy. The therapy that a large number of people with MS find most beneficial is reflexology. This is a natural therapy practised in Egypt and China. It originated more than 4,000 years ago and is based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet and hands that correspond to every organ, gland and structure of the body. Gentle pressure is applied to the reflex points by the therapist’s hands to promote balance and harmony in all systems. Reflexologists do not diagnose but work with their clients to energise and rejuvenate the whole body, mind and spirit through the reflexes on the feet.

The benefits that reflexology may bring to people with MS range from the ability to walk better, the return of sensation to areas that experience numbness and tingling, relief from heaviness in the limbs, improved bladder control, pain relief, help with spasms, the easing of depression, better muscle control, help with constipation, improved circulation, a reduction in oedema, the ability to recover quicker from relapses, an increase in energy and improved sense of wellbeing. Some people feel points of tenderness in the feet when the reflexologists are working them and this is a positive sign, indicating an imbalance in a part of the body that needs attention and the reflexologist can work in such a way that any passing discomfort is minimal. Of course, having MS does not preclude anyone from having other ailments, which reflexology may also be able to help with. This therapy treats the whole person, not just a particular complaint. Reflexology is suitable for people of all ages and works well with other treatments and therapies.

"I never knew it was possible to feel so relaxed" is a comment that we often hear and this positive effect of reflexology not only provides relief from the stresses of daily life, but also shows a good physiological result. The relaxation affects all the structures of the body, from the muscles to individual cells. When cell walls are relaxed and flexible they can increase their uptake of nutrients passed to them via the blood stream.

Advances in reflexology are being made all the time and a Tibetan technique that has recently begun to be used is already showing beneficial results. One lady has been able to get into a greenhouse in the garden, which she had not been able to do for two years. There are other types of reflexology, lymphatic drainage massage, linking techniques and chi reflexology. Clients are often shown hand reflexes to work in between reflexology sessions to enhance the benefits.

Many MS therapy centres and MS society branches offer reflexology by well-trained and experienced practitioners, at reduced rates. Since 1996, Rosemary and Marian have been treating people with MS at Grampian MS Therapy Centre Limited in Aberdeen. They undertook a research study (1*), which showed that 45% of all symptoms recorded showed an improvement. Another study carried out in Israel (2*) showed that reflexology was of benefit in alleviating motor, sensory and urinary symptoms.

Rosemary Richardson GSSR, MSIR, MAR
Marian Joyce GSSR, MSIR

Oxygen therapy and physiotherapy are provided free to anyone who requires the service. We ask clients, if they can afford it, to make a donation towards the centre’s running costs of £10 per session for MS clients and £15 per session for non-MS clients. Other therapies are paid for by clients individually.

1*     Joyce M., Richardson R. Reflexology can help MS. Into J. Alternative Complementary Medicine, July 10-12
2*     I. Siev-Nev et al. Reflexology in Treatment of MS. Multiple Sclerosis 2003; 9.356-361





Testimonials


“I have never felt so relaxed and de-stressed.” – Mrs. G

“I have better control of my tongue muscles after reflexology.” – Mrs. M

“I always walk better after reflexology.” – Mrs. K

“My labour was very short and I had no relapse afterwards.” – Mrs. F

“My brain fog has lifted.” – Miss. B

“Reflexology helped me recover from a relapse.” – Mr. C

“The pain in my hip has virtually gone.” – Mrs. C

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Aromatherapy and Indian head massage


"Massage is a well-established therapy, which has been practised for many centuries and in many cultures, such as those of ancient Greece and Egypt. It is a very relaxing treatment and may reduce muscular aches and pains, as well as improving the blood and lymphatic circulations.

In aromatherapy massage, essential oils, such as lavender, lemon, or sandalwood, are added to the carrier oil to achieve maximum benefit. Following discussion with the client, a blend of up to three oils can be produced to suit specific requirements.

Indian head massage is another ancient therapy which has been passed down from generation to generation. This massage focuses on the upper back, shoulders and arms, as well as the scalp and face. It is a very relaxing and enjoyable therapy and may help all alleviate conditions, such as sinusitis, tinnitus and headaches, as well as improving mental clarity."

Elva Black HNC Complementary Therapies MCTHA

Oxygen therapy and physiotherapy are provided free to anyone who requires the service. We ask clients, if they can afford it, to make a donation towards the centre’s running costs of £10 per session for MS clients and £15 per session for non-MS clients. Other therapies are paid for by clients individually.

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