World MS Day, observed globally on 30th May every year, the day of global solidarity for everyone affected by multiple sclerosis (MS), is established by the MS International Federation and its member organisations in 2009. World MS Day brings the global MS community together to share stories, raise awareness and campaign to improve quality of life with MS. Each year’s campaign focuses on a different theme and the MS International Federation creates a campaign toolkit to help people get involved.
This year’s theme is MS research and the campaign is called “Bringing Us Closer” (#bringinguscloser). The #bringinguscloser campaign is about connecting people affected by MS with those involved in MS research, including scientists, students, nurses, fundraisers, volunteers, and more. It’s a chance to come together to celebrate what we’ve achieved in MS research so far, and share our hopes for the future.
Multiple sclerosis is a neurological condition that affects the brain, optic nerves and spinal cord causing a range of symptoms such as problems with balance, vision and muscle control. The symptoms of MS can be different from one person to another. The cause of MS is currently unknown, and at the moment there is no cure. Fortunately, MS symptoms can be managed through physical therapy and rehabilitation, such as reducing fall risk by gait training/balance training, and upper and lower extremity strengthening. XFT has been dedicated in these regards and launched a series of rehabilitation devices to help MS patients reduce symptoms.
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