In an earlier article you have been able to read about what it is like to live with spasticity. In this article, we will instead focus on when you have spasticity, only in the legs. How does it occur? How does it affect you and can it be treated?
Spasticity can occur if the central nervous system is damaged, that is, if the brain or spinal cord gets a central nerve injury. This can happen before before or during birth, but also later in life. For example, due to a trauma or infection. Spasticity rarely appears directly in connection with the nervous system being damaged. It often takes up to a few weeks before the spastic symptoms appear. The spasticity increases gradually during the first period before it finally lands and continue at a relatively constant level.
To begin with, it is not possible to determine whether spasticity is basically something positive or negative. However, spasticity always means that the person has difficult to control the increased activity in the affected muscles. However, how we ecperience it can differ from person to person. For some, spasticity in the legs, for example, acts as an extra support when moving or standing. It can thus be easier to perform certain activities. The spontaneous movements of spasticity can also be experienced as positive by some.
For others, spasticity in the legs can be a painful obstacle. It can affect balance ability, complicate or prevent daily activities and make it impossible to move by walking. Spasticity in the legs can also lead to an increased risk of wounds and rigid joints. But as written above, how one is affected by spasticity in the legs is very individual. Some can have a very severe spasticity, but experience it as something unproblematic or even something positive. Others may find that mild spasticity is very troublesome and annoying.
At present, it is not possible to cure spasticity. However, one can reduce the spasticity so that it becomes easier for the person to handle it, for example with the help of our Mollii suit. The aim of the suit is to reduce the symptoms so that spasticity is percieved as a minor problem. People who live with spasticity in the legs can then be helped to increase stability and the ability to control their muscles, and reduce the pain associated with spasticity.
Man has a great ability to adapt to different situations. With the right help, it is possible to reduce symptoms and, among other things, improve function, mobility and strength.
Our unique aid Mollii relieves a variety of symptoms that orginates from various neurological injuries and diseases such as Cerebral Palsy, spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury, stroke and MS.
Mollii is a suit consisting of a pair of trousers, a jacket and a detachable control unit which is used one hour every other day. The positive effects of stimulating the muscles with low frequency electric current is that you increase the ability to control your body and also contribute to higher quality of life.