We are able to provide therapy in a place and time that is most suitable for you and your needs, including home visits.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological condition and is a result of damage to the protective sheath surrounding the fibres of the central nervous system. This is known as myelin. When this myelin becomes damaged it can cause interference with the messages to the brain and body. MS can be progressive and also involve patches of remission and relapse.
Speech and language therapy can help people who have multiple sclerosis in many different ways, and can build on confidence and increase it. Speech and language therapy will treat and support any speech, language, communication and swallowing difficulties experienced by someone with MS.
Multiple sclerosis is a disease which occurs when there is damage to the central nervous system. The central nervous system consists of the brain and spinal cord, myelin sheath surrounds the nerves which carry the messages along the spinal cord to the brain. When this is damaged, messages cannot be transmitted as effectively as before. This causes difficulties with moving or speaking. Symptoms and severity will depend upon which area of the central nervous system is affected and to what extent. MS can be progressive and also involve patches of remission and relapse.
The cause of multiple sclerosis is nerve damage which is a problem with the immune system, instead of attacking harmful bacteria; it attacks the healthy myelin which affects the transmission of messages to the brain. There is no clear reason as to why this happens however there are theories to suggest that causes of MS are a combination of:
It is not directly inherited; however people are more likely to develop MS if they have relatives who have it.
Diagnosis of multiple sclerosis is through a medical professional, working within a multidisciplinary team and will take many different aspects into consideration. It may take several assessments until a final diagnosis is given.
A speech and language therapist will identify and treat any speech, language, communication or swallowing difficulties.
Speech and language therapy can help with a number of symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Our speech and language therapists can help individuals who have multiple sclerosis with attention and listening problems, communication problems, swallowing difficulties, voice and speech problems.
Speech and language therapy can help with the symptoms that arise from multiple sclerosis. It is common for people who suffer from multiple sclerosis to have the following symptoms:
Speech and language therapy can help a patient to manage these types of difficulties relating to communication and swallowing. The speech and language therapist will work collaboratively with both the client and their family to ensure the benefits of speech and language therapy are met on an individual basis. Speech and language therapy can benefit any aspect of communication the patient may have difficulties with. It may also improve independence, confidence and quality of life.
The speech and language therapy treatment programme will be tailored to the individual, and involve the client and family working together. This will allow for effective management of symptoms. Speech and language therapy treatment may include assessment, reports, therapy, reviews, support groups, advice and education. Specific treatment might include voice or articulation therapy but it will be tailored to the individual.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) can be difficult to live with for both the client and their family. Speech and language therapy can help with the symptoms of multiple sclerosis and allows for a collaborative approach to speech and language therapy. Symptoms can lead to difficulties with communication, eating, drinking and swallowing.
We offer a free telephone consultation in order to discuss any concerns regarding your speech, language, voice or swallowing.