Sessions with Dr Gretchen Hawley


Modified movements – improving function and creating change 

Monday 15 November at 2pm 

November’s information session from Dr Gretchen Hawley will be revisiting one of our most popular sessions we have held this year with another look at neuroplasticity. This will be aiming at taking your understanding to the next level and how using the principles of neuroplasticity when approaching exercise routines can create change in relation to function, better movement and maintaining these for continuous improvement.

The session will discuss practicing purposeful movements, with the emphasis on quality over quantity. This phrase is often used, but what does it actually mean when it comes to practicing MS specific exercise? Dr Gretchen will talk about activation of muscle groups in the most productive way to ensure every repetition counts and promotes the building of new neural pathways, avoiding the pitfalls of practicing undesired movements that can lead to the learning of inefficient movement patterns.

Dr Gretchen will take us through how to identify specific exercises to foucus on the areas you want to develop and how these exercises can be modified to promote changes for neuroplasticity to occur. Dr Gretchen will then discuss how exercises can be progressed and modified so all exercises can be made possible for all levels. Dr Gretchen will use these principles to show you how to exercise at home, encouraging constructive exercise practice to take place more regularly and therefore further adding to redeveloping neural pathways.

Session overview

– Discussing quality over quantity

– Ways to modify and progress an exercise

– Unique ideas to exercise at home

The session will then finish with twenty minutes for question and answers and the chance to discuss your exercise goals. We hope you can join us for this session.

If you can’t make the session live, don’t worry as we will be recording the presentation and will make it available to watch again for all those registering in advance.

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

If you would like to know more about this session or would like help in registering, please email register@ms-uk.wdl.co.

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.” – Participant

“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.” – Participant

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