Patients’ views


My name Nick Noble and I came off my motorbike on 15th September 2014 and broke my tibula, fibula and also had a spinal fracture.

I was fitted with an external fixator on my leg to align the bones and then I was told it was just a matter of time.

Being what I am, I needed to speed up my recovery! I did some research on the internet for some sort of alternative treatment/aid and discovered Chedgrave MS Therapy who have a chamber where you can breathe oxygen under pressure which can help heal br…

“I go to the chamber for treatment every week.  I cannot say what it does for my condition, but if I don’t go I know I haven’t been”
John, MS (Multiple Sclerosis), May 2013

“Going in the chamber helps my general well being”
Marie, multiple sclerosis, September 2013

FAQ – is stiffness a symptom

Spasms and stiffness (collectively called spasticity) are very common in MS. Spasticity can affect many aspects of daily life. For instance, it can affect walking, sitting, turning over in bed and sexual relationships. In order for people to move normally, one group of muscles in the body relaxes while another simultaneously contracts.

In MS, spasticity results from more than one group of muscles contracting at the same time and this can result in muscle stiffness or spasms.

Stiffness of the limbs is common and can make it difficult to perform normal activities, particularly delicate movements of the hand and fingers. If the leg muscles are involved it can also make walking difficult. Despite limbs being stiff, it is also possible that the muscles may be weak.

Spasms are uncontrollable muscle contractions and can be very painful; limbs may shoot away or bend up towards the body. These can result in fatigue and pain.

Managing spasticity involves a combination of drugs, physiotherapy, alternative therapies and avoiding factors that trigger or make symptoms worse.

Medicines are taken alone or in combinations and it may take several attempts to find the correct drug and strength.

Drugs such as Baclofen, Tizanidine, Dantrolene and Diazepam are commonly used and for more severe spasticity, Botulinum Toxin, Baclofen or Phenol given into the spinal fluid or alcohol injections and surgery to cut the tendons can be of benefit.

People have reported that cannabis reduces these symptoms and large-scale research trials looking into this started in 2001.

Physiotherapy is aimed at strengthening, stretching and relaxing muscles, increasing joint movements and improving circulation.

A Physiotherapist may provide a series of specially tailored exercises to be done at home. An Occupational Therapist can help alleviate spasticity by providing equipment to help daily activities and can sometimes suggest braces or splints to make movement easier and more comfortable.

Exercise in water (hydrotherapy) has also been used to relax limbs but care should be taken as some people find the temperature of the water may increase their fatigue.