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Multiple Sclerosis and the Exercise Professional

CPDs : 0.5

MS is an autoimmune, progressive, inflammatory, demyelinating disease. It’s autoimmune because the immune system mistakenly attacks normal cells in the central nervous system (CNS). It’s progressive because it gets worse with time. It’s inflammatory because it causes inflammation in the areas of the CNS it attacks. And it’s demyelinating because the problem revolves around the stripping of the myelin sheath that covers and protects neural pathways in the brain. The MS Society estimates there are 130,000 people in the UK alone living with MS – there is a special population out there needing your services.

This course is designed to teach exercise professionals how to work with MS and make a significant difference in the lives of people living with it.

Suggested Pre-requisite:

  • CIMSPA: L2 Gym / Group Ex

Aims and objectives of course

  • Understand the pathophysiology of MS
  • Know the major symptoms of the condition
  • Know the primary medications used to treat MS
  • Learn the principles of neuroplasticity and how they relate to exercise
  • Know how to work with MS from an exercise pe rspective

Author Bio

  • Tim Webster

    Tim Webster’s community work includes mentoring the homeless in London with the Big Issue, chairing Big Brothers Big Sisters of Christchurch, helping small roadside businesses in Uganda with his microfinance company Capital for Life, and most recently founding a charitable trust in New Zealand called Exercise as Medicine NZ, which launched in 2018. Through this organisation, Tim and his wife Kris Tynan deliver targeted exercise and rehabilitation programmes to people with long-term health conditions like Parkinson’s, MS, stroke, heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, fibromyalgia, and arthritis. With over 40 years’ experience in health and fitness, Tim is also a Justice of the Peace in New Zealand and even holds a UK private pilot’s licence.