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Exercise and Spinal Cord Injury - Beginning Steps

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Updated March 28, 2005

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Spasticity - Stiff Muscles
Spasticity - With spinal cord injury, the body has lost control of the orchestration between contraction and relaxation of muscles. This causes much muscle stiffening. The opposite effect, flaccidity, may also be present.

Making a commitment to a sound flexibility routine is necessary to counteract the effects of spasticity. While strength training, avoid too much emphasis on muscle groups that tend to stiffen more. Spending time with the legs extended may also help.

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