One of the major, and most popular, services MS Research and Relief Fund offer to people affected by Multiple Sclerosis is that of complementary therapies.
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Whilst never being able to cure MS or replace conventional medical treatment, some
therapies, as their name suggests, may be able to complement the work of conventional medicine.
Complementary therapies such as reflexology may help with stress and
relaxation, which may, in turn improve a person's general well being.
We provide complementary therapies, and some gentle exercise classes, on a regular basis to people affected by MS at various locations in the North East of England.
Located at Benmar House (which is on the grounds of Collingwood School in Stobhill), the service
is available from Monday to Friday. All therapies are free to people with MS and their primary carers.
If you would like any more information on this service, or any other service we
offer, please contact us.
The full range of therapies we offer include:
Reflexology works on the feet to help heal the whole person and not just the prevailing symptoms.
It is thought that reflexology can help restore and maintain the body's natural equilibrium
by encouraging the body to work naturally to restore its own healthy balance. Many people use
reflexology as a way of relaxing the mind and body and counteracting stress.
'Swedish Massage' refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to
relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and
rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart.
Indian Head Massage
Massaging the head can do much to relieve stress and tension.
The technique involves controlled caresses and focuses mainly on the face and
scalp. It can also continue down the upper back, neck, shoulders and upper arms.
As well as easing headaches and stress, it is claimed there are many conditions
it can help.
Crystal healers claim that every living organism has a 'vibrational energy system,'
which includes chakras, subtle bodies and meridians. By using the appropriate crystals
one can 'tune' an energy system or rebalance energies, thus improving well-being.
The earliest records of crystal healing come from ancient Egypt. Healing with
crystals has been recorded in India's Ayurvedic records and in traditional Chinese
medicine from around five thousand years ago.
Reiki is a method of natural healing which involves channelling the
energy through the hands of the practitioner to the receiver to
promote physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
Reiki therapy redirects the flow of energy and produces inner harmony,
helps relieve stress and depression, promoting self awareness and growth.
Pilates is a system of physical and mental conditioning that can enhance your physical strength, flexibility, and co-ordination as well as reduce stress and improve mental focus.
Pilates' allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginning to advanced. Intensity can be increased over time as the body conditions and adapts to the exercises.
MS Research and Relief Fund have Pilates' classes at Benmar House on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
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Yoga helps you to improve and focus the alignment of your body. It can also develop the co-ordination of your breathing and movement as well as teaching you how to hold your posture and flow from one posture to another.
MS Research and Relief Fund have Yoga classes at Benmar House on a Tuesday and Wednesday and at Belmont Parish Hall on Thursday mornings
A Sports Massage can help to energise or relax a person, and improve the range
of motion and muscle flexibility. It can also increase the supply of nutrients and
oxygen through improved circulation, as well as help ease tension, remove knots and
help in recovering from injuries.
A rehabilitation system for people with MS based on active learning delivered by qualified practitioners known as Conductors.
MSRRF are funding a Conductive Education service for people with MS at the Percy Hedley Foundation in Newcastle upon Tyne.
The service is developing in consultation with the National Institute for Conductive Education.
The course will consist of a consultation, followed by intensive sessions and regular follow-up.
If you live in or near Newcastle upon Tyne and would like to take part or if you would like more information contact Dave Farham on 01670 505829 or contact:
Director of Adult Services
The Percy Hedley Foundation
Station Road, Forest Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 8YY
Tel: 0191 238 1309
More information on Conductive Education can be found here.