Muscle Myth

Focus on muscle stiffness and muscle weakness takes center stage in treatment of CP children.

Despite so much focus on muscle,children continue to develop Contracture. It is assumed to be from contracted muscles.

Questions that came to my mind all the time were…………

  • Why Muscle; ‘victim of brain lesion’ is focused upon and not a real culprit?
  • Why muscles do not look fully and functionally developed in these children?
  • ‘Are muscles of CP children fully developed?’ do they develop fully at all?
  • Why despite passive stretching on daily basis contractures do not go away?
  • Does delay in development influence growth of muscle negatively?
  • Does poor opportunity to muscles from child being passive, influence muscle growth?
  • Why Serial plaster casts also give only little benefit.
  • Why Botox injections and surgical knife as well do not promise complete benefit.

In my experience………

  • Most of these children have fibrous sheet of muscle and not healthy bulk of muscle.
  • Growing muscle in these children lack opportunity to grow and develop when their posture is supported with passive devices.
  • When the child gets label of being a CP child,he is handled passively and supported extensively for the fear of falling.
  • Self-organizing brain takes a call for safety a priority by exploiting optimal and best tool within to control degrees of freedom in linked segments from paresis with contracture in connective tissue and fascia that connect entire body together as one unit and also connect many muscles together and covers muscle fibers inside out.
  • Under the circumstances it is obvious that stretching or injecting or cutting individual under-developed muscle remains futile.

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