Physical Therapy for MS

Physical therapy is an important treatment of spasticity (wide range of involuntary muscle contractions). Physical therapy for spasticity refers to a range of physical (as opposed to drug or surgical) treatments.

Physical Therapy routines for spastic muscles are designed to reduce muscle atrophy, maintain or improve range of motion and mobility, increase strength and coordination, improve muscle tone (muscle tone is the continuous and passive partial contraction of the muscles.), and improve care and comfort.

With the proper Physical Therapist, the treatments will be individualized to meet the needs of the person with spasticity. Just as with any exercise routine, the success of the therapy is often based upon the motivation of the person with spasticity, as well as the physical therapist’s skills.

Physical therapy cannot cure spasticity, but therapy can enable you to compensate for the changes brought about by MS.

Physical therapy can also be very helpful at lessening and even stopping secondary symptoms of MS, that of muscle weakness and stiffness which leads to walking and mobility problems.

A physical therapist can teach you exercises to strengthen and loosen muscles. Many of these exercises can be performed at home. The goal of physical therapy is to improve your independence and quality of life by improving movement and function and relieving pain.

Physical therapy can help with: Lack of coordination, Fatigue, Immobility, Weakness, Balance problems, Pain.


I know from personal experience, it is very disappointing to work hard, faithfully follow the physical therapists instructions, seeing progress, then because of the ms activity, overnight it’s all lost.

When I’d go to bed after a solid weeks work, I’d wake up the next morning at ground zero. It felt like wasted effort and I lacked the motivation to start again. Over time, I’ve literally seen myself snoozing and loosing.

I’ve accepted my new reality: Gone are the days that I can know what tomorrow has in store based on the effort that I put into today. Now that I am back to working hard, completing the routine that was assigned by my physical therapist, I have to discipline myself.

There is still a chance that I’ll be back to ground zero when I wake up in the morning, but in reality if I don’t even try, I’ll eventually be there with less of a chance of climbing back up! The primary ms symptom of spasticity and the secondary symptoms will all take over my way of life. I choose to do all that I can so that won’t happen! I will exercise!

Look forward to more information about Physical Therapy and “compensatory treatments,” as they’re called, including information about new movement techniques, strategies, and equipment.

Have you started physical therapy? I’d love for you to tell me about your experiences in the comments below.


About our Co-Founder: With a bachelors in Social Work, Linda is 53 years old, happily married with eight children and 17 grandchildren. Diagnosed with MS in 1995 and now having accepted and truly embraced her new reality, Linda has created She is dedicated to proving that joy can be chosen while living with Multiple Sclerosis. Linda specializes in helping others, especially those with MS attain the lifestyle, independence and happiness amid living with MS.


  1. steve@mobility scooters

    From personal experience Physical Therapy is all about your state of mind. You have to be positive and commit to it fully to succeed in the end

  2. The psychological side of recovery goes hand in hand with the physical side. As you have said in your article getting yourself from ground zero, you will need some regular counselling. Do you offer some counselling? Even if its just friendly advice this can help immensely.

    • Kyle,
      Call it divine intervention, call it the law of attraction, call it what ever you want but I’m looking for a counselor to offer services from right here on MSrelief. I plan to create a page called either Counseling or Therapy where visitors will have access to a paid therapist! I have visited your site and I’m very impressed so I have given my email address and phone number. I hope you contact me soon!

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