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What is Spasticity?

Spasticity is increased resistance felt on a passive stretch of a muscle caused by damage to part of the central nervous system (the brain or spinal cord) that controls voluntary movements. Spasticity is also accompanied by muscle weakness and sensory loss as well as pain and soft tissue contractures. This can have a significant impact on peoples ability to walk, position in bed, transfer, dress and eat.

Upper limb mobility and stretch exercises conducted by a neurological physiotherapistAbove: Upper limb mobility and stretch exercises conducted by a neurological physiotherapist

Physiotherapy for Spasticity

At our physiotherapists will improve your function, reduce the risk of short tissue shortening and alleviate pain. Physiotherapy for spasticity at may include:
  • Exercises to increase independence with walking, standing and transferring
  • Muscles stretching to relieve tightness and ease pain
  • Strengthening exercises as spastic muscles may also be weak.
  • Regular weight bearing activities in the upper and lower limbs.
  • Instructing family or carers on positioning techniques in lying, sitting and standing to help reduce spasticity
  • Advice on proper seating to keep the body in a balanced, symmetrical and stable posture to maximise comfort and function
  • Advise on splints and casts to increase range of movement and prevent the formation of contractures in the spastic limb
Our motivated physiotherapists at, are experienced at delivering physiotherapy treatment specific to your needs. Our physiotherapists also work closely with occupational therapists who can help design changes in the home and provide equipment to accommodateyour needs. Physiotherapy at will reduce the impact that spasticity has on your life so that you can continue with everyday activities safely and effectively.

If you would like more information on physiotherapy, or to book an appointment please call 0330 088 7800.

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