Symptoms of MS are highly variable from person to person and from time to time in the same individual. While symptoms can range from mild to severe, most can be successfully managed with strategies that include medication, self-care techniques, rehabilitation (with a physical or occupation therapist, speech/language pathologist, cognitive remediation specialist, among others) and the use of assistive devices.
Promoting Function through Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation programs focus on function-they are designed to help MS patients improve or maintain their ability to perform effectively and safely at home and work. Rehabilitation professionals focus on overall fitness and energy management, while addressing problems with accessibility and mobility, speech and swallowing and memory and other cognitive functions.
Rehabilitation is an important component of comprehensive, quality health care for people with MS, at all stages of the disease. Rehabilitation programs include:
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Therapy for Speech and Swallowing Problems
- Cognitive Rehabilitation
- Vocational Rehabilitation
Yoga & Meditation Classes
The Ochsner Multiple Sclerosis Center offers Yoga & Meditation classes to anyone living with Multiple Sclerosis. The MS Yoga and Meditation class is open to ALL levels of mobility.
The Role of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)
CAM includes everything from exercise and diet to food supplements, stress management strategies and lifestyle changes. These therapies come from various disciplines and traditions-yoga, hypnosis, relaxation techniques, traditional herbal healing, Chinese medicine, macrobiotics, naturopathy and many others. They are referred to as complementary when they are used in conjunction with conventional medical treatments and alternative when they are used instead of conventional treatments.