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Physiotherapy is concerned with human function and movement and maximising potential. It uses physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well-being.

Physiotherapy's value in multiple sclerosis is now widely recognised. It is seen as especially helpful in promoting activity and exercise for people with MS. Physiotherapy can be valuable for many MS symptoms and is particularly useful for managing stiffness, balance, spasticity and spasms.

Physiotherapist is a protected title. All physiotherapists must be registered with the Health Professions Council; they may also have the letters MCSP or FCSP after their name (member or fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy). You can check whether your physiotherapist is registered using the search facility on the Health Professions Council's website.

GPs or neurologists can normally make a referral for physiotherapy. However, NHS access to physiotherapy for people with long-term conditions may be limited to six sessions in every two-year period. Many MS Therapy Centres try to provide better access to physiotherapy for people with MS.

MS specialist therapists are shown of the map of MS services.


  • Wiles CM, et al. Controlled randomised crossover trial of the effects of physiotherapy on mobility in chronic multiple sclerosis. Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry 2001;70(2):174-179. Summary

Last updated: 17 September 2013
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