Physical therapy can help to keep you strong, maximizing your ability to go about your life. Physical therapy is usually prescribed by your doctor, and is conducted by either a physical therapist or a physician who specializes in rehabilitational medicine.
Generally, physical therapy programs are tailored to the individual, based on their needs. If the goal is to maintain strength, your physiotherapist may teach you a series of stretches and strengthening exercises, which can be done at home both during the course of your physical therapy treatment and afterward, either on your own or with a helper.
If you have recently started using an assistive device such as a cane, brace, walker, or wheelchair, a physical therapy program can help you adapt to this lifestyle change. A physical therapist can teach you how to use this device safely and at a minimum level of inconvenience, and show you exercises that can maximize your efficiency when using these devices. If you have suffered a flare-up as a result of your MS, a physical therapy program may also be able to help you regain use of your muscles.
Occupational therapy is also a part of rehabilitation. An occupational therapist focuses on specific daily activities and can help you relearn activities such as dressing, eating, and driving that may be diminished following a flare-up. Occupational therapists can also recommend assistive devices to help you go about your daily life.
Other rehabilitational offerings include speech therapy, which can help people with weakness or a lack of coordination in the face and tongue muscles causing speech difficulties, and cognitive retraining, which can help those with memory loss or learning difficulties.
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