Muscle Tone Following Stroke

Dorothee Zuleger, MOT, OTR/L, DRS
Thursday, November 21st, 2019


Following a stroke, abnormal muscle tone is a common complication. A single muscle or a muscle group may become completely paralyzed. This is known as hypotonic or flaccid or a muscle may increase in muscle tone. This is known as hypertonic or spastic. This abnormal tone usually occurs in the side of the body opposite to the side of the brain lesion.

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Best Spasticity Treatment Ideas Following Stroke

Dorothee Zuleger, MOT, OTR/L, DRS
Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018


 

Spasticity is a condition in which a muscle or group of muscles is hyperactive and unable to turn off and relax. After an injury to the brain or nervous system signals to and from a muscle are not regulated as they should be and therefore create abnormal muscle tone. This constant state of contraction can cause, pain, stiffness and shortening of soft tissue limiting normal range of the joint.  The degree of spasticity can range from mild muscle stiffness to severe, painful, and uncontrollable muscle spasms.

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