Prevent Contracture with Exercise and Stretching

Ligament vs tendonIf we don’t exercise including stretches, our muscles, tendons and ligaments will shorten and we may lose the full range of motion. This is called contracture and exercise including stretching will help strengthen and lengthen our muscles, tendons and ligaments and prevent contracture.

A tendon is a fibrous connective tissue which attaches muscle to bone.  A ligament is a fibrous connective tissue which attaches bone to bone.

Contracture is the condition of shortening and hardening of muscles, tendons, or other tissue, often leading to deformity and rigidity of joints.

• Many contractures can be prevented through exercise and stretching.
• It is best not to let contractures develop, and if they do begin to develop, correct them as soon as possible

Multiple Sclerosis, the condition damaging the central nervous system causes spasticity. Spasticity refers to muscle stiffness and a wide range of involuntary muscle spasms (sustained muscle contractions or sudden movements) which can lead to contracture.

We don’t want to delay or forgo treatment that may make it difficult or impossible to regain our range of motion that will interfere with performing everyday tasks at home and work.

Regular exercise can help prevent contractures or muscle and joint stiffness. Ask your doctor about the best exercise program for you. My doctor suggested a physical therapy device, the Century Versaflex Stretching Machine. It is difficult for me to stretch my legs the needed way on my own and this device will help me stretch. This stretching machine will also prevent more problem areas from stiffening in my legs.

Our eCommerce store, has the Century Versaflex Stretching Machine , I ordered one and you can too. It will be great to stretch without the need of other’s help to stretch and avoid leg contractures.

I’m excited for my Century Versaflex Stretching Machine to get here, I have it’s spot picked out already!  Tell me what you do for exercise and stretching in the comments below.
.Linda Grace Cox


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. I use the pool to do my stretching and exercises. The bouyance in the water allows me to have ease from the weight of my limbs.

    • Chatty,
      Thanks for taking the time to comment! I agree that swimming is an great place to exercise with MS! I had never thought of doing stretching in the pool, but now that you suggest it, I can envision it, it seems like a great idea.

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