A condition where the immune system attacks the nervous system. Myelin is detached from neural cells causing motor and cognitive complications.
The nervous system is comprised of the brain and spinal cord. Each cell with the nervous system is coated with a protective fatty layer called myelin. Myelin serves to insulate and protect the neural cells from damage but also has a role in signal conduction. This is important as when demyelination occurs, signal transduction and cellular communication between different brain regions and the spinal cord is disrupted.
The cause of MS is still unknown. Researchers are looking for genetic mutations as well as environmental factors that can be contributors. MS is debilitating as motor skills and cognitive function decline as the disease progresses. Patients experience fatigue, speech problems, depression and cognitive function. Areas affected by MS include processing-speed, memory, attention and visuospatial skills.
Cognitive decline is experienced by at least 50% of patients, with severity increasing as the disease progresses.
Multiple sclerosis is complex as every case is different and causes are unknown. A combination of therapeutic interventions are used to stave off the disease, but relapses and “bad-days” happen with each patient.
Treatment for MS involves efforts by physical therapists, occupational therapists, neurologists, neuropsychologists and various mental health professionals.
Interventions include medication, physical activity and cognitive remediation. Lifestyle modifications such as eating a healthy diet and getting fresh air are also important as lifestyle can affect a patient’s mood which impacts their response to treatment.
Cognitive remediation is one method of therapy that can address cognitive complications of MS.
HappyNeuron Pro can assist with a patient’s care by being a part of the therapy toolkit that can be used by a variety of therapists within a care team.
Our program offers 43+ different exercises that target executive functioning, language, visuospatial skills, auditory processing, attention and processing speed. Each exercise can be adapted according to a patient’s functioning as they are in treatment and as the disease progresses.
In addition, we provide exercises that focus on other domains of cognition such as Memory, Executive Function, Visual Memory, Language, the Auditory system, and Verbal Memory.
We have been well received by patients struggling with MS, and hope to be able to assist with your care plan for your patients.
We encourage you to try out our software with your patient and see if HappyNeuron Pro may be an ideal fit for both you and them.
Patients in the early stages of MS can live independently. As the disease progresses, patients may need to live in a specialized care facility or with a caregiver.
Therapy can be done at a patient’s home or within a clinical setting. Travel may be difficult for patients with MS as fatigue is a common complication of the disease. All that is needed to use HappyNeuron Pro is an internet connection and a compatible device such as a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. If a patient cannot travel to see you, you can assign exercises for the patient to complete at home when they are able to and review their performance. This can allow you to continue therapy on difficult days or when a patient is experiencing a relapse of MS.
To experience first hand how HappyNeuron Pro can work with your practice and your intervention strategy for MS related cognitive impairment, take time and try our 15 Day Free Trial. You will have access to all of our content and resources, as well as be able to create accounts for patients you are working with for them to be able to use HappyNeuron Pro from home.
Page last updated on May 31,2019