If you’re experiencing spasticity or spasms for the first time or symptoms are getting worse, speak to your MS nurse, GP or neurologist as soon as possible. This is particularly important if you’re:
- in pain
- having issues sitting, standing or lying down comfortably
- having difficulty walking or moving from one spot to another
- experiencing emotional distress or difficulty sleeping
- having difficulty with day-to-day activities or personal care.
The sooner you seek help, the better placed you will be to manage your symptoms and reduce the chance of them getting any worse.
Movement and stretching
Regular movement and stretching can keep your muscles, ligaments and joints as flexible as possible. You can do this through stretching, yoga, Pilates or other physical activity, or passive movements assisted by a physical therapist.
A physiotherapist can teach you how to stretch, maintain flexibility and move and position your body to prevent muscle tightening or stiffness.
It’s also important to have good posture when standing, sitting and lying down.
There are certain triggers that may set off spasticity symptoms. While they can be different for everyone, they may include:
- health conditions, such as infections
- other MS symptoms, such as bowel or bladder problems and pain
- tight-fitting clothes
- being too hot or cold
- anxiety and stress
- moving too quickly
- overexerting yourself.
Allied health professionals, such as an exercise physiologist or a physiotherapist, can help with a range of positioning, stretching and relaxing techniques.
You can also discuss medication and other treatment options with your MS nurse, GP or neurologist.
Emotional support can also go a long way. With our Peer Support program, you can connect with other people living with MS and their families through a range of face-to-face groups and online forums.