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Information sessions with
Dr Gretchen Hawley

Fatigue management – practical ways to manage fatigue

Monday 23 May at 2pm GMT 

This will be the fourth in the series of our online information sessions hosted by Dr Gretchen Hawley on behalf of MS-UK. Dr Hawley is a MS physical specialist based in Buffalo, USA. 

In this session we will focusing on fatigue management from a physiotherapist perspective, whilst exploring the different types of fatigue and other treatment options. The session will last for approximately 60 minutes with time for questions at the end.

Session outline 

  • Types of fatigue 
  • Treatment for fatigue 
  • How to exercise with fatigue 
  • Question and answers 

Please see MS-UK’s Choices booklet on fatigue which provides an introduction to what fatigue is, the causes and treatment options. 

There is a suggested donation is £5 for this information session, but you can make a donation of your choosing from £1 to attend. 

If you are having trouble registering or would like to know more about this information session, please contact us at register@ms-uk.org. 

Please note we will be recording the presentation and you will make it available for you to watch it again.

If you would like to know more about Dr Hawley please visit our Facebook page to see her blog or visit her website The MSing Link.

Hand therapy and exercise

Dr Gretchen Hawley is a physiotherapist and Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist. Her expertise in MS-specific exercise and wellness strategies often result in her clients feeling more control over their MS. Her tools and strategies are easy to understand and implement into your daily routine.  

Our next information session from Dr Gretchen Hawley is on ‘Hand therapy and exercise’ and has been chosen following receiving requests from our followers online asking for information on how to improve hand function and dexterity and ways to increase hand strength. So, we have asked Dr Hawley to offer her expertise and insight by holding this information session on this very important area for people’s day to day function and independence. 

Following a similar structure to Dr Hawley’s previous presentations, we will first be discussing the anatomical make-up of the hand and how it functions with day to day activities such as personal care and occupational tasks that are made up of finer and dexterous skills.  

We will then look at how these skills can be practiced and improved through approaches of different forms of exercise for the hand such as strengthening, stretching and fine motor skills. Dr Hawley will also demonstrate some useful equipment that can be purchased that will aid in increasing strength, movement and ultimately better function for the hand.  

Session outline 

  • Hand strengthening exercises and strategies 
  • Dexterity and fine motor skills
  • Demonstration of upper body exercises
  • Helpful gadgets

About Dr Hawley

A Doctor of Physical Therapy, with years of clinical practice experience, Gretchen is a Physical Therapist and Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist through the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centres based in the USA.

She has a special interest in the management and wellness of MS patients, and presents as the Keynote Speaker at numerous MS events including Living Well With MS events sponsored by the MS Society in addition to MS Views & News. Other collaborations include national MS organisations, including the National MS Society, MS Association of America, and MS Foundation.

Additionally, Dr. Gretchen shares her expertise to MS support groups, podcasts, and on her own YouTube and social media channels.

If you would like to know more about Dr Hawley please visit Dr Hawley’s website The MSing Link.

Please note we will be recording the presentation and will make it available for you to watch again.

Please see the feedback from our previous information sessions from Dr Hawley that included ‘Neuroplasticity and changes with exercise’ and ‘Exercise – the difference between regular and functional exercise’

Just a note to say how inspiring I found this presentation to be. Having had MS for approx 30 years. I must admit to feeling fairly sceptical that I would hear anything new. In fact, it wasn’t so much that this was all definitely new, but it was the way it was conveyed to people like me. I think it took away a continual feeling of failure and replaced it with a new mindset – Chris

A really excellent presentation. Incredibly informative and made so much sense

I thought yesterday’s presentation was fantastic. The Dr was inspiring and enlightened me to things I’ve being doing not quite right for years. I certainly took a lot away from it and thoroughly enjoyed listening – Pam

Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated Gretchen’s talk on neuroplasticity this week.  I had rather given up on exercise as not really helping me (I am in my 70’s) but Gretchen’s advice has motivated me to try again and try better. So, I am resuming my exercises and paying more attention to carrying them out correctly.  She was spot on about the need to change one’s mindset too. I do equate walking with fatigue and difficulty and should endeavour to get out of this negative thinking cycle