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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Introduction to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) belongs to a group of disorders known as motor neurone disease. ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) is a rare, rapidly progressive neurodegenerative disease characterised by progressive muscle weakness due to gradual death of upper and lowers motor neurones in the brain and spinal cord. As a result ALS causes muscle weakness leading to a range of symptoms and disability. There is no known cause for ALS; a small percentage of patients may have a family history of the disease linked to a known hereditary factor.

Manchester Neuro Physio can provide treatment and support to address the functional difficulties that may arise as a result of ALS and aim to maximise quality of life throughout the course of the disease. Physiotherapy may include advice on appropriate exercises and stretches, provision of equipment to aid independence and breathing exercises to maintain a clear chest.


To book an assessment or for more information please email call 0161 883 0066 .