Welcome to Neuromuscular Community Services and Support (NCSS). NCSS is a volunteer organisation that aims to improve services and provide information for people living with neuromuscular and neurological conditions. NCSS provides expert advice to patients and those working in healthcare. On the Neuromuscular Community Services and Support site, you will find information on care for neuromuscular and neurological patients, essential information for battling neurological diseases, support, resources, and important information on neurological studies and publications.
Neuromuscular disorders affect the voluntary muscles controlled by nerves. Voluntary muscles are those that you can control, like in the legs or arms. Neurons, or nerve cells, send messages that control voluntary muscles. When the neurons start to become unhealthy and die, the communication between the muscles and the nervous system deteriorates. This results in the muscles weakening and beginning to waste away. Neuromuscular disorders include multiple sclerosis, spinal muscular atrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and myasthenia gravis. Neuromuscular diseases are commonly considered genetic and many of them have no cure. The main goal in treating most neuromuscular disorders is to lengthen life, improve symptoms, and increase mobility.
The nervous system is made up of the brain, nerves, and spinal cord, and together these systems control the workings of the body. When something is wrong with your nervous system, it can result in trouble speaking, moving, breathing, and more. Nervous system problems can also cause problems with senses, memory, and mood. There are hundreds of neurological disorders with the major types being muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and spina bifida.
In addition to the information found on the NCSS website, these sites offer more information on neuromuscular and neurological diseases.
- Neurologic Diseases (Nervous System Diseases)
- Neuromuscular Disorders Overview
- Muscular Dystrophy Association
- Parkinson’s Disease Foundation
- The Multiple Sclerosis Society
- Neuromuscular Disease
- Huntington’s Disease Association of England and Wales
- The Spina Bifida Assocation
- Spinal Muscular Atrophy Support UK
- Motor Neurone Disease Association