Kent MS Therapy Centre
The Kent MS Therapy Centre first opened in 1984, and transferred to its new premises in early 2015. It offers facilities to support people affected by MS, including those who have the condition, their families, friends and those who care for them.
With support from existing members and the local community, the charity was able to establish a brand new centre in a purpose-designed, modern building. It offers a warm and welcoming environment and delivers a wide range of services to help members manage their condition and improve their quality of life. It is also an important social hub that allows members the opportunity to share experiences, problems or ideas – or just to relax and have fun with friends.
The mission of the centre is to radically improve the lives of those with MS, their families and carers by providing a range of complementary therapies and specialist clinics, by giving advice, support and information to those living with MS and by being a Centre of Excellence which enables self-management of the disease.
There is a range of specialist clinics, including advice on nutrition and diet, management of symptoms, advice on continence, independent living and benefits support. Therapies include acupuncture, chiropody, counselling, hypnotherapy hydrotherapy, massage, oxygen therapy, physiotherapy, and sessions including pilates, reflexology and yoga.
The centre covers the whole of Kent with the next nearest centre being in Swanley, some fifty miles away.
The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust made a contribution of £20,000 to the centre in 2012 and a further donation of £5120 in 2015 towards the installation of the hydrotherapy pool.