How is stretching used to treat spasticity in multiple sclerosis (MS)?

Updated: Oct 08, 2019
  • Author: Christopher Luzzio, MD; Chief Editor: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA  more...
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Physical therapy for spasticity in patients with MS includes the establishment of a stretching program in which joints are moved slowly to positions that stretch the spastic muscles. Each position is held for at least a minute to allow the stretched muscle to slowly relax. Stretching exercises may be performed in a cool (85°F) pool, which provides buoyancy and cooling. Mechanical aids, such as ankle-foot orthoses, also can be useful in spasticity management.


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