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What is a soft tissue contracture?

A soft tissue contracture is shortening of the muscle, tendons or ligaments that prevent normal movement. Spasticity is often the cause of muscle stiffness which can lead to permanent and painful shortening of the muscle. Other cause of soft tissue contractures include: Physiotherapy plays a vital role in restoring range of movement, relieving pain, preventing further muscle shortening and improving functional ability. Physiotherapy at for soft tissue contractures may involve:
  • Passive stretching and soft tissue mobilization to relieve stiffness and improve range of movement
  • Progressive range of movement exercises to stretch and strengthen muscles safely and effectively
  • Exercises to facilitate normal movement
  • Advice on optimal positioning to increase comfort and improve function
  • Teaching the stretching exercises and positioning techniques to family or caregivers to relieve pain and promote independence
  • Advice on orthotics and splints to help to keep the soft tissues stretched properly
  • Hydrotherapy treatment will help to relieve pain and stiffness and increase range of movement.
  • Advice on botox

Passive stretches of the hip, knee and ankle to reduce contractures of the lower limbAbove: Passive stretches of the hip, knee and ankle to reduce contractures of the lower limb

Using a tailored rehabilitation program at, your physiotherapist will help you achieve your maximum function and independence with everyday activities.

For more information on physiotherapy, or to book an appointment please call 0161883 0077.

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