Relaxing Those Tight Muscles

So the last few days I have been reflecting on the few things that I do in an attempt to relax tight muscles.

1. Heat helps
The hot water bottle has been a god send for me, I will fill it and go watch television or carry on with what every I am doing and forget that I have even have it laying across my legs. Thus the hope is: the heat and mental distraction of focusing on some other task, helps to relax the tight muscles.
2. Laying down when things get bad
This may be obvious but laying down when things get really bad helps too. The heat is nice as well!
For those of you with or live with someone who has cerebral palsy what do you do to relax your muscles? Let me know in the comments below!

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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10 Responses to Relaxing Those Tight Muscles

  1. J says:

    I use my standing frame and have started back at massage for my shoulders

    • lifeofthedifferentlyabled says:

      interesting I used one has a kid and HATED IT the most uncomfortable thing ever!
      massage is awesome its just an issue of getting myself on the table…how do you manage that piece

  2. me says:

    When I have tight leg muscles I just move them around for about half hour. For example, I keep bending and straightening the legs over and over to loosen up the muscles. It hurts when I do it but once I have moved them around it feels better. Another thing that helps me is I go swimming in nice warm water about 90 degrees-94 degrees somewhere around that temperature on the week-end sometimes.

    • lifeofthedifferentlyabled says:

      doesn’t water that warm cause your muscles to tighten more when you get out of the pool?

  3. ash says:

    I’m allergic to latex, does anybody know where I could find a latex free hot water bottle, or something like a hot water bottle , thanks.

    • Andrea says:

      While I don’t know any specific latex-free hot water bottles, there are a wide variety of hot water bottle covers available which should be just as effective at protecting you from the allergen. Etsy has some neat ones, or you can just toss it in a pillowcase. (yes, there are other heat things, like those microwave rice pillows, but hot water bottles are my faves)

  4. Hi there!
    Thanks for the follow on Twitter. Ever since my son was diagnosed I’ve been wanting to connect with more people living with CP and this post is exactly why! It’s gotten me thinking about why he likes baths so much and why he hates getting out of them! I’ll have to be more careful about wrapping him up warmly when I take him out and taking advantage of the heat in the bath to stretch him out a bit.
    Thanks again!

  5. Dustin B says:

    I have mild Cerebral Palsy and have trouble relaxing. I have a surgicaly placed baclofen pump and sometimes take oral baclofen to help tremors and muscle tension. I find the key is try to keep active because the more you don’t move, the worse you feel. Also, I find Adderall XR seems to give me better attention which helps my mood and improves my coordination.

    I do agree with the above posts. Sleeping does help re-energize muscles and heat (i.e. hot baths) do help with tight joints. When I have muscle pain I also apply menthol creame

    Nobody said life was going to be easy and I think we all have our moments. The important thing is never to give up.

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