The best way to manage spasticity is to find a team of experts who will work together to customize a treatment for you. This team includes your medical doctor, nurse, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, orthotist, wheelchair specialist and, most importantly, you!
Physical activity: a helpful approach to manage spasticity
A physiotherapist and/or occupational therapist can design a program especially for you, using various physical (as opposed to medication or surgical) treatments. An important strategy is to develop weaker muscle groups with strengthening exercises while stretching and relaxing those that are spastic so you can move better.
Stretching is one of the most effective ways to manage spasticity. It's essential that you stretch properly every day. This will help maintain full joint range of motion, keep your muscles supple and prevent your joints from seizing up. It should be done both sitting and lying down to target the various muscle groups, and works best when done slowly and held for a prolonged period.
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