Does the intensity of spasticity depend on the time of day or the weather?

Many patients report that the strength of their spasticity varies with time of day or weather conditions. Low or very warm outside temperatures, storms, sultriness and cold wet weather increase muscle stiffness in many cases.

If the musculature stiffens towards the evening, it might help to postpone or increase the evening medication. Medication should be regularly checked and adapted anyway.

Many patients with spasticity benefit from keeping a regular daily routine. This means, for example, going to bed and getting up at about the same time every day. Muscle complaints often worsen after a short and sleepless night. Regular rest and recovery periods during the day can reduce muscle cramps caused by overload. Patients with spasticity should also pay attention to proper movement and posture patterns. Physiotherapists can give detailed instructions and recommendations.

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