Milton Keynes Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Group urgently needs help

Lisa Weatherhead, volunteer HBO manager

The MK Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Therapy Centre, based in Stacey Bushes, has launched an urgent appeal for volunteers to help with its Hyperbaric Oxygenation (oxygen under pressure) Therapy programme.

The MK Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Therapy Centre, based in Stacey Bushes, has launched an urgent appeal for volunteers to help with its Hyperbaric Oxygenation (oxygen under pressure) Therapy programme.

The centre, which is totally independent and self-funding, is reliant on the generosity and goodwill of Milton Keynes and surrounding areas.

To date it has relied heavily on a small group of very dedicated volunteers (most of whom have MS and other conditions).

However, it now finds itself running short of vital volunteer help.

The centre offers a range of alternative therapies for people who have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and a variety of other conditions.

It aims to be a place where people can come to receive support, make friends and receive therapies in a non-clinical environment. Some of the therapies offered are reflexology, reiki, massage and shiatsu. It is the only service in Milton Keynes with a Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), which is very safe, involves breathing pure oxygen under pressure, through a mask or mouthpiece.

HBOT is not a cure for MS, but many clients get at least temporary relief of some of their symptoms which improves their quality of life. There is also evidence that HBOT benefits acute injuries, diabetic non-healing wounds and some facial cancers. It may also be useful in cerebral palsy and fibromyalgia.

Can you help? The MK MS Therapy Centre is looking for volunteers who would be willing to help with this service to allow this vital work to continue.

Lisa Weatherhead, volunteer HBO Manager said: “HBO offers vital treatment for our clients and without more volunteers, we may find ourselves in the position to have to reduce services. No previous health related experience is needed. We offer full training and support and there are always two people running each session. I can’t stress enough how important this service is for our continued client care and wellbeing. We would be very grateful to receive some more help for the Centre.”

The centre also needs more volunteers for reception, administration, fundraising and general duties.

If you wish to find out more about HBOT and volunteering contact the centre on 01908 225907 or visit http://mkmstherapygroup.btck.co.uk/

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