Lyndoch Living takes steps to ward off MS scourge

Multiple sclerosis sufferer Cindy Fulton clocks up the kilometres on the walking machine, watched by Lyndoch’s exercise physiologist Colin Wakely.  Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

Multiple sclerosis sufferer Cindy Fulton clocks up the kilometres on the walking machine, watched by Lyndoch’s exercise physiologist Colin Wakely. Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

RAISING awareness of multiple sclerosis took a step in the right direction yesterday with a two-hour treadmill test.

For a few hours each Tuesday, south-west residents with MS congregate at the Lyndoch Living rehabilitation centre to engage in exercise as well as meeting up with others going through the same challenges.

Lyndoch Living social worker Rhonda Carlin said the exercise program was set up two years ago and continued to flourish.

She said the Tuesday morning sessions included a number of health workers who provided assessments and advice in a casual atmosphere.

“Many of the people that come here stop by for an hour or two and fit it in around their work schedules and home life,” Mrs Carlin said.

“People take part for lots of different reasons. Initially, they might take part because of the exercise involved but it’s a social activity too. MS can be a lonely experience for some people, but it doesn’t have to be.”

MS Australia south-west consultant Sussanne Pyers also attended yesterday’s session. 

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