Exercise and spasticity

I suffer from spasticity in both calves (lateral gastrocnemius - the outside calf muscles). I’ve found that too much standing and/or walking can aggravate the discomfort they cause. Can anybody suggest some alternative forms of exercise? I don’t have easy access to a swimming pool, so that’s not an option.

I use a home rower (in the garage) which allows me to sit down as I exercise.

It might be worth doing some calf stretches and see if that eases the problem.


Years ago a physiotherapist gave me some calf exercises to do on the bottom step. They have a similar effect to the stretches in that file. They work, but the effect is temporary. I did them this morning and the muscles feel tight again. :frowning_with_open_mouth:

As for a rowing machine, I wish we had room for one - I’d love to try one. Same goes for an exercise bike.

Thanks for your suggestions.

How long since you have them?
I have it on my right calf from my current relapse. It is the third week.
I am hoping it will go away. Or won’t it ? :frowning:

Hello lily, welcome to the forum. Sorry it’s taken a while to respond.

If your spasticity is part of your relapse then “how long is a piece of string?” I know that’s not very helpful, but I’ve had relapses that have lasted a few weeks and others that have lasted months. Years ago I was told that if symptoms last more than 12 months (my MS nurse said 2 years) then they’re probably permanent.

My spasticity is not a relapse. I’ve had it since at least 2016, possibly longer in a mild form. It’s not constant. Some days I hardly notice it, other days it’s noticeable, sometimes mildly painful. Today is one of those days. :face_exhaling:

Hopefully yours is just part of a relapse and it will end sooner rather than later. If not, and if it affects your mobility, discuss options with your neurologist. My spasticity is annoying, but I don’t feel that it’s bad enough to need muscle relaxants.

Hi, thank you so much for your response.
Literally counting days!
I have got a doctors appt coming up soon, will discuss it with them.
I keep doing exercises but like you said it feels like a temporary relief. I can walk okay but it is the feeling and the heaviness of my leg that is driving me nuts.
Sorry you are feeling it a lot today. Hope it settles down quicker! And glad that it is not painful every day.
It is good to know I am not alone in this but at the same time really annoying that we have to live with this.