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Charity of the Month: Herts MS Therapy Centre

PUBLISHED: 16:46 07 November 2017 | UPDATED: 18:02 07 November 2017

The centre has had real success tackling pain (photo airiesummer/iStockphoto)

The centre has had real success tackling pain (photo airiesummer/iStockphoto)

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A Letchworth-based charity that aims to improve the lives of those with a long-term or neurological condition through drug-free treatments

Herts MS Therapy Centre is a small charity with a big heart. Opened in 1988 to help people with multiple sclerosis, the Letchworth site welcomes anyone with a long-term or neurological condition.

The team’s specialist expertise helps people with conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and those who have suffered a stroke. Amazing results are achieved while helping people with fibromyalgia, CFS/ME and cancer, as well as stubborn infections such as diabetic ulcers.

Most people with a long-term condition can experience exhaustion and chronic pain, affecting their daily lives. Therapies available at the centre help people to fight fatigue and pain.

Oxygen therapy

You’ll find Herts’ only hyperbaric oxygen chamber at the centre. Some people find oxygen therapy can accelerate healing, increase energy, reduce pain or combat stubborn infections such as leg ulcers. Some find it helpful before or after chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery. One user described it as life-changing, one patient said: ‘Without my oxygen treatment I would still be in agony from fibromyalgia and probably jobless and depressed. I can’t begin to explain what a difference it has made for me.’

Physiotherapy & exercise

Physiotherapists and personal trainers work together to help people achieve greater mobility and reduce fatigue. Sessions are at the fully-equipped gym in Letchworth or via a home visit. The personalised exercises restore confidence and support people in leading a more independent lifestyle.

APS pain clinic

Pain reduction therapy is an effective, drug-free treatment for less pain, more energy and faster healing. Research has found a beneficial result in around 80 per cent of people. One user said after the six week APS pain reduction programme: ‘I have had pain free mobility for the first time in nine months, despite moving furniture last week.’

‘We want to help as many people as possible,’ explains Mark Boscher, Herts MS Therapy Centre chief executive. ‘If you or someone you know would like to fight fatigue or pain, we’d love to try and help.’

To find out more, visit hertsmstherapy.org.uk or call 01462 684214. The first session is free. w

This article is by North Herts Centre for Voluntary Services. There are seven CVS in the county, with hundreds of volunteering opportunities. Go to hertscvs.org.uk for more information.

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