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What is a muscle spasm?

A muscle spasm is an involuntary contraction of a muscle that is often painful. Over time the muscles can become tight which may lead to soft tissue contractures. Spasms are common after neurological injury, such as a stroke or head injury and are often brought on during functional tasks that require increased effort such as rising from chair or walking.

Physiotherapy for muscle spasms

Physiotherapy treatment is best provided by a specialist neurological physiotherapist following a thorough assessment to avoid injury and ensure success. At our neurological physiotherapist will provide comprehensive assessment and treatment to help you manage your muscle spasms in order to facilitate independence with functional tasks. Physiotherapy at may include:
  • Gently and gradually stretching and massaging the affected muscle may ease the pain and spasm and increase muscle length.
  • Identifying what makes the spasm worse or better
  • Practicing functional tasks, such as sit to stand and gait training to help you combat spasm during these activities
  • Exercises to promote normal movement patterns
  • Use of ice to decrease spasm frequency and pain
  • Advice on orthotics and splints for hands and feet to keep joints in an optimal positions and prevent soft tissue shortening
  • Hydrotherapy to loosen stiff joints and relax muscles
  • Advice on botox

Rolling soft tissue massage of the lower back to relieve stiffness and reduce muscle spasmAbove: Rolling soft tissue massage of the lower back to relieve stiffness and reduce muscle spasm

At your physiotherapist will plan your rehabilitation specific to your needs and lifestyle to ensure you get the most out of your treatment and reach your maximum potential.

For more information on how physiotherapy can help you or to book an appointment please call 0330 088 7800.

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