The West of England Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre moved to Bradley Stoke, from Nailsea, in February 2012. Since then it has made a huge difference to people in the local area and beyond. So much so that the Centre, a Registered Charity, is planning to extend its hours of operation to allow more people to access treatment.
Since the Centre relocated, nearly 200 new members have joined. In addition, numerous people travel from Nailsea and the surrounding area to continue their treatment. While GP and Consultant referrals are welcomed, the Centre generally operates on a self-referral basis so anyone who has been diagnosed with a neurological condition is welcome.
Treatments include: Physiotherapy with specialist neuro-physiotherapists, who also run exercise classes tailored for people with varying levels of mobility, from full mobility to very little; Oxygen Treatment in the 7-seater barochamber; as well as complimentary therapies such as Aromatherapy, Acupuncture and Reflexology. The focus of the Centre is to help people manage their symptoms, particularly those that impact day-to-day life, for example fatigue, poor bladder function, balance issues, spasticity and many others.
More than Multiple Sclerosis
As the name suggests, most Centre members are people who have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, although people with a variety of other diagnoses – ME, Stroke, Cerebral Palsy and many more – also visit the Centre. To add to this, Oxygen Treatment is available for the treatment of sports injuries, from muscle strains to broken bones, to aid the recovery process.