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MS Spasticity and You: Five Stretches You Should Try (and Why)

Stretches can help with spasticity of multiple sclerosis.

An estimated 85 percent of people with MS experience some type of spasticity due to the disease, according to a recent report (p/w) published in Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders.

Why is that important? Because spasticity is behind many of the disease’s most debilitating physical, emotional and mental challenges.

According to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, spasticity is “a tightness or stiffness of the muscles” that occurs most commonly in the legs, groin and buttocks and occasionally in the back, muscles that profoundly affect our ability to stand upright, walk and balance ourselves.

Worse, spasticity’s effects can negatively influence quality of life in those with MS, and can lead to anxiety, depression and low self-esteem, while affecting relationships, employment, fatigue, bladder dysfunction and more.

Since spasticity tends to affect lower extremities more, these stretches focus on hips, calves, ankles and feet. They are meant to be introductions to stretching routines that may alleviate spasticity but are by no means comprehensive or make up a complete routine (see your physical therapist for that).

For free, illustrated guides that you may download and print, go here and here. And as with any new exercise, please consult an MS specialist, doctor or physical therapist before trying any of these.

Source: MS Spasticity and You: Five Stretches You Should Try (and Why) – Multiple Sclerosis News Today

Source: MS Spasticity and You: Five Stretches You Should Try (and Why) – Multiple Sclerosis News Today

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