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Strength Training for Cerebral Palsy

Strength training, also known as resistive training, for people with cerebral palsy is a type of therapy that is often used in conjunction with other forms of exercise to increase muscle strength and flexibility. Strength training also prevents the atrophy of muscles that are rarely used—a common problem among children and adults with cerebral palsy.

How Strength Training Helps

People who don't have cerebral palsy or other conditions that affect movement and posture are able to freely move and stretch their muscles and tendons as they walk, run or perform daily functions. This ensures that muscles, tendons, and bones all grow at the same rate. However, children with cerebral palsy often have difficulty engaging in such activities, causing their muscles to grow slower than their bones. This results in contracture, one of the most serious complications of cerebral palsy. Strength training works to reduce the chances of developing contracture by keeping the muscles strong and limber.

Research has also found a correlation between leg muscle strength, posture, and walking ability, indicating that people with weaker leg muscles exhibit a tendency to crouch more in their gait. People with cerebral palsy may develop a “scissor gait” in which they walk on their toes with their knees bent inward. Strength training is aimed at significantly improving gross motor skills such as standing, walking, and sitting.

More Benefits of Strength Training

Studies have shown that strength training for people with cerebral palsy may lead to increased walking speed, walking efficiency, motor activity, and a reduction in spasticity.

Additionally, through repeated, controlled motion, muscles become trained to perform in specific ways that mimic normal body movement. So with strength training, a child with cerebral palsy may learn to walk, stand, and move in the proper way allowing him/her to reach their maximum potential.

Your Legal Rights

If you suspect your child's condition was the result of medical negligence, you may be eligible to recover your losses including pain and suffering, past and future medical bills, the cost of strength training and other forms of cerebral palsy treatments, and more.

Please contact us today to speak with a qualified and compassionate cerebral palsy attorney who can examine your case FREE of charge, inform you of your legal options, and ensure your rights are fully protected.

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