What is BRiMS?

Balance Right in Multiple Sclerosis (BRiMS) is a 13 week exercise and education programme that aims to support people with progressive MS to improve their balance, to understand the factors contributing to their falls and to develop strategies to improve their safe mobility.

BRiMS has been developed by researchers at Plymouth University, working alongside collaborators from Canada and Glasgow, and people with MS. This brief video tells you more about the project

BRiMS has two main elements: a personalised exercise package and education resources to support participants to identify their own falls risk factors and to maximise their safe mobility.This brief video summarises the programme and how it is delivered

The BRiMS exercise programme is supported by an online resource developed by researchers at the University of Glasgow

BRiMS uses a new technique to support motivation, called Functional Imagery Training or FIT. FIT has been developed with collaborators Jon May at Plymouth University and David Kavanagh at Queensland University of Technology. This video explains imagery and how it is used in BRiMS

Our Collaborators

We would like to thank the many people who have helped develop BRiMS. We would particularly like to acknowledge:

Screen Shot 2016-10-24 at 06.59.52Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust for sponsoring the BRiMS study

CAMP.LOCKA.LG.BLKScreen Shot 2016-08-23 at 15.09.51Professor Marcia Finlayson and Professor Liz Peterson, for permitting the use of materials from their MS falls education programme, Safe at Home BAASE, within the BRiMS programme


We are currently undertaking an NIHR funded feasibility study of BRiMS in the South West and Glasgow. The project is due to run from September 2016- April 2018.

We will be recruiting 60 participants for this study comparing BRiMS to usual care in people with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis in January 2017. If you live in Devon, Cornwall or Ayrshire and Arran and are interested, please make contact- details below

The project is scheduled to run until April 2018. We will update the website regularly with our progress, including links to any publications, conference presentations etc. Please do not hesitate to make contact if you would like more information.

This project was funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment programme (project number 14/176/12)

The views and opinions expressed therein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the health Technology Assessment programme, NIHR, NHS or the Department of Health.

The BRiMS team

Supporting Organisations

You may also be interested in our other work:

 SUMSResearchers within the Faculty of Human Science, Plymouth University are evaluating the effectiveness of a  self-management, home based, standing programme for people with progressive MS.

SUMS study website  

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SPIRES logoSPIRESPlymouth University researchers are evaluating if it is possible for people with severe stroke to undertake a functional standing frame programme as part of their rehabilitation in a sub-acute Stroke Rehabilitation Unit.

Learn more:  SPIRES study website

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