Post stroke spasticity is the most common post stroke side effect, and it’s likely that you’ve never heard the whole truth about it.
Most likely, you were told that there’s something wrong with your muscles, and Botox can fix it.
While this is partially true, it omits more effective and permanent solutions to spasticity.
There is tons of hope for treating spasticity – even severe spasticity in paralyzed muscles.
Today, we’re sharing the most valuable way to fix this frustrating problem.
Spasticity as Brain-Muscle Miscommunication
Before, you’ve probably heard spasticity explained in relation to your muscles.
Spasticity causes your muscles to become tightened, so it’s natural to focus on your muscles as what needs to be fixed. But spasticity is actually caused by miscommunication between your brain and your muscles.
Normally your muscles are in constant communication with your brain about how much tension they’re feeling, and the brain has to constantly monitor this tension to prevent tearing. Your brain continuously sends out messages telling your muscles when to contract and relax.
When a stroke damages part of the brain responsible for muscle control, this communication is thrown off. The damaged part of your brain no longer receives the messages that your muscles are trying to send, and as a result, your brain no longer tells them when to contract or relax.
So, your muscles keep themselves in a constant state of contraction in order to protect themselves.
That’s the cause of spasticity from the muscular perspective.
However, there’s a second layer to spasticity that no one talks about. Spasticity is also caused by miscommunication from your spinal cord.