One second, your body can be as loose as a spaghetti, and in the next it is more tense than a guitar string. Tonus shifting is a form of cerebral pares damage, which means that the muscles are uncontrolled. Read on to find out more.
In a previous article we described how cerebral palsy always leads to different degrees of impaired muscle control. You can also read about for example dyskinetic CP, which means that the body can suffer from involuntary movement patterns.Tonus shifting is a form of dyskinetic CP that causes the body to suffer involuntary muscle tension. These are generally very severe or impossible to control. The muscle tension can vary greatly between very low and very intense. One moment, the body can be completely relaxed, to be very busy in the next second – completely without warning or giving the opportunity to be controlled. Tonus shifting can also mean that only certain parts of the body gets tense, while other parts of the body are completely relaxed. In some people, the tension becomes so strong that the body gets stuck in rigid and distorted positions.
This type of dyskinetic CP can cause instability and pain in the body. People who live with tonus shifting can thus get very difficult to control or use certain muscle Groups.
Tonus shifting and spasticity much in common. Both mean that the body has uncontrollable muscle tension, but the difference depends entirely on the duration of the tension. If the muscle tension is going on all the time, it means that the movements are spastic. If the muscle tension, on the other hand, changes and causes the muscles to vary from being tense and relaxed, it is a tonus shift.People who live with tonus shift can develop increasingly dominant spastic movements with age. This means that the relaxed periods can almost completely disappear.
With age, the risk of stiff joints increases, whether or not you have tonus changes. It is therefore important that you work to improve or maintain the body’s “youthful” mobility. Using physical activity, spasticity reducing treatment and continuously stretching the muscles, one can prevent short muscles and deformed joints. In other words, many who live with tonus shifting, spasticity and dyskinetic CP can improve their ability to move, throughout their lives.
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