cerebral palsy winter survival guide unique tips to keep you happy and prevent tight muscles

Bryce Canyon has extensive fir forests.

Bryce Canyon has extensive fir forests. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are as lucky as I am to live in a place with snow and have cerebral palsy you probably can relate to this post. I am not alone when I say: I love winter and snow, but my muscles don’t. I actually sometimes struggle just going from the doors of a mall to the waiting car because by the time I am ready to transfer I am stiff as a board. Frankly tight muscles is in my opinion the most miserable part of life with cerebral palsy.
Over the years, I have come up with simple things that may be helpful to others. I thought it was worth sharing:

winter tips for children and youth

I feel like youth have a set of challenges: especially when they are at the age where recess and getting outside is mandatory. I was lucky that my parents recognized that a bit of fresh air on a cold winter day was not worth me being uncomfortable and often unable to focus as easily. The school was accommodating and would allow me to stay inside with one friend. I would even hazard to say that I probably did a bit better academically once this accommodation was made being that I was not sore

general winter tips

  1. learn what your limit is as it relates to winter
  2. on a tough day physically avoid going out on those days in winter if you can
  3. overly dress for the weather put more or thicker clothing try and keep those muscles warm

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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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One Response to cerebral palsy winter survival guide unique tips to keep you happy and prevent tight muscles

  1. Crip video says:

    I think it would be better to find a way to make your muscles warm/comfortable without sitting out of winter activities i.e warm clothes,stretching,more PT, hot water bottles etc. I always went outside for recess and I loved adaptive skiing. In winter it is important to stay active if you can to reduce spasticity. Unless you are in pain.

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