MS Get a Head Start was first created in 2013 when Gilly Davy was working as a senior neurological physiotherapist and clinical educator at the Advance Rehab Centre in Sydney, Australia. She had been involved in the development of the innovative and life changing program PD Warrior. With the results that Gilly was seeing first hand for those living with Parkinsons Disease, combined with the developing evidence around driving neuroplasticity and neuroprotection through intensive exercise, Gilly started to research into why this approach was not being provided to those living with Multiple Sclerosis.
The issues were mostly; fear about doing the wrong exercise, fear about making their MS worse and overall a large element of “vagueness” around exercise prescription in general for both the individual with MS and therapist trying to deliver the exercise. This was also coupled with poor compliance and maintaince levels post exercise interventions.
78% of those living with MS complete no form of physical activity.
After extensive research Gilly formed the 6 week program of intensive interval based hydrotherapy exercise alongside six education topics. At ARC Gilly provided MSGHS as an innovative approach ultimately geared towards empowering self management of MS. The pilot results speak for themselves about the impact of the program.
100% of clients improved on all their functional measures
85% of clients remained in regular exercise at a 1 year follow up
25% overall average improvement in self reported fatigue
There is some current research being conducted on MS GHS please contact us if you are also interested in researching the program outcomes