March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month!
Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects nearly 1 million in the US including celebrities Montel Williams, Clay Waler, and Jami Lynn Sigler. It is a disease in which your body attacks itself and causes a breakdown of myelin – the insulating sheath that wraps around your nerves to protect them. The word “sclerosis” refers to the scar tissue or lesions that appear as the myelin is damaged. The unprotected nerves can’t function as they would with normal, healthy myelin. The damaged nerves produce a wide range of symptoms that vary in severity. Symptoms can include numbness and tingling, vision problems, balance and mobility issues, difficulty with thinking and slurred speech.
There is no such thing as a “typical” symptom of MS because each person experiences the disease differently. The same type of symptoms may come and go frequently, or you may regain a lost function after a period of time. The unpredictable pattern of symptoms has to do with which nerves your immune system attacks at any given time.
Therapy Achievements is committed to supporting people with MS:
- We host the Rocket City MS Awareness group that meets at 6:00 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of every month
- We support and are involved in MS Society events in our area
- We provide out-patient physical therapy to improve balance, strength and endurance, occupational therapy to improve the ability to complete functional activities such as driving, dressing and bathing, and speech therapy to improve eating, swallowing, and thinking skills.
Although there is not yet a cure for multiple sclerosis, much research is currently underway to better understand not only how to stop the progression but restore lost function. Want to help?
Click Here to Join or Donate to our MS Walk Team
The 2019 Walk MS Huntsville is Sat 4-27-19 at 10:00 am at Campus 805 S.R. Butler Green Park. Join us for a fun time and to help raise funds to research a cure!
For more information on the Rocket City Awareness Group, the MS Walk or to schedule and appointment for therapy, call 256-509-4398. Don’t wait!