Strength Training and Rehabilitation Sessions (STaRS) is a privately run rehabilitation and exercise programme specifically for people with Multiple Sclerosis.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a progressive neurological condition of the central nervous system affecting over 100,000 people in the UK.  Each individual is affected differently and presently there is no cure for MS. The most common symptoms are:

  • Fatigue
  • Muscle weakness and/or muscle tightness (spasticity)
  • Difficulties with walking and balance
  • Altered sensation – tingling/numbness
  • Problems with vision – blurring
  • Balance – dizziness/vertigo
  • Bladder problems
  • Pain

The STaRS programme is specifically for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). It is suitable for all abilities ranging from those who walk independently to those confined to a wheelchair. During STaRS you will be provided with information on types of exercise appropriate for you, help to perform the exercises and the encouragement that you get being part of a group where people have similar challenges.

STaRS is run in the community within a group setting over a 12 week period.  At present this programme is only within Southern Hampshire and East Dorset.

The main aims of STaRS are to:

  • Increase exercise levels
  • Improve knowledge or value of exercise and safe exercises to perform
  • Meet others with MS who have similar movement challenges
  • Increase your knowledge of MS
  • Reduce fatigue and the impact of MS
  • Improve gait and strength
  • Reduce and prevent falls