One of the more troublesome symptoms of cerebral palsy is spasticity. This is when the muscles tighten up on their own, causing movements that look strange to others and sometimes pain in people with CP. Cerebral Palsy News Today reported on how one person with CP copes with their spasticity symptoms.
One of the reported triggers is stress, whether her own or someone else’s. Many of us will mirror someone else’s stress unconsciously. For people with CP, this can trigger a spasm.
Mindfulness is one way she deals with the issue. While her body is uncontrollable due to her condition, the way that her mind reacts to the pain and the squeezing is under her control. Positive thinking and visualization help her deal with the symptoms.
Exercise is another help. By tiring her body out, it becomes calmer and less prone to spasms. She uses arm stretching, swimming, and a FitBit to measure her exercise, as she is unable to walk.
Finally, she uses anti-spasmodic medication to also help with the symptoms, notably baclofen.
It’s important to work with your doctors to figure out how best to manage the symptoms of life-long disability. It’s also good to talk with them periodically about updates in current thinking on treatments. This will keep your best care options open.