Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a condition which affects the central nervous system including the brain and spinal cords. MS is extremely variable, affecting each person who has it, in a different way. We don’t yet know the cause of MS, but it is thought to be an autoimmune condition.

There are three different forms of MS: Relapsing Remitting, Primary Progressive and Secondary Progressive. They affect everyone differently, each with their own treatment and prognosis, usually dependent on the progression of the condition and the symptoms being experienced.

It is believed that about 1 in 1000 New Zealanders have a diagnosis of MS.

Here at MS & Parkinson’s we run specialist exercise classes for people with MS, as well as monthly morning teas.

MSNZ is a reliable online source of information about MS symptoms as well as for news and research updates.

The Multiple Sclerosis page on Health Navigator NZ is also a good, concise source of information.

We also do our best to keep our Facebook page up to date with the latest developments as well as our events.

If you live in Canterbury and have recently been diagnosed with MS, or know someone who has and want to find out how you can support them, contact our Specialist Nurse on (03) 366-2857 ext. 6 for Elspeth or ext. 7 for Deb