lyndacarol wrote:Those people with muscle spasms, or spasticity, may find this short (less than 5 min.) video useful:
http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/your-mus ... ng-serious
The information from Dr. Oz fits so well with what jimmylegs has said many times: Spasms may stem from dehydration, low levels of calcium, magnesium, or potassium, or even if you are resting too long.
He suggests soaking for 15 minutes in a bath with 2 cups of Epsom salts dissolved in the water.
When identifying the areas where spasms are most common, he lists calves, quads, hamstrings, and around the eyes (eyes… Could muscle spasms there be connected to nystagmus?). He even says muscle spasms can be connected to hormone problems, especially thyroid problems.
Well worth 5 minutes of your time to watch!
lyndacarol wrote:I knew that there was a paper about five years ago on the use of cycling to alleviate muscle spasticity in the legs. I knew it was done at the University of Illinois in the department of kinesiology. I think I have found the paper here:
Effect of acute unloaded arm versus leg cycling exercise on the soleus H-reflex in adults with multiple sclerosis.
I had not known the author, but found this when I read in a couple sources (Momentum, the magazine of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society) that Robert Motl and Jacob Sosnoff at UIUC are collaborating on a study of the effects of exercise on spasticity in MS patients – Motl "is testing an exercise regimen that incorporates balanced amounts of aerobic, resistance, and balanced modes of training"; Sosnoff will have "a clinical trial investigating the effects different durations and intensities of leg cycling on MS spasticity."
Loobie, do you have an excercycle? It sounds like this might help your leg spasticity.
Since both studies are seeking participants who can be in Urbana-Champaign several times a week, if anyone is interested in being a study participant, contact the exercise neuroscience lab at 217-244-1191 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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