Electrical Stimulation: Electrodes placed strategically on my skin emit an "alternating" electrical current mimicking my body's own electrical conductivity and stimulating my weak muscles. This has helped improve my own nerve conduction and muscle responsiveness. 3x/week.
Strength Training: Strength-building exercises are key to fighting both spasms and spasticity. Muscles go into spasm as a protective measure against further injury. For example, the spasm on the inside of my calf and foot defends against my weak ankle rolling out. By building strength in my ankle over time, I can break the spasm cycle. Already, muscle I've built in my upper back has significantly reduced spasms in my chest, improving range of motion in my shoulder. 3x/week.
Pressure Point Massage: Look for a massage therapist like mine who has extensive training in sports injury rehabilitation (mine used to travel with the L.A. Lakers), as well as knowledge of kinesiology and neurology. My masseuse works through all three layers of muscle, sometimes applying pressure so deep, her hands shake. 1x/week.
Botox: (Post 1-26-12)
Baclofen: I take a low daily dose (20 mg) of this muscle relaxant – helpful especially in the beginning when exercise increased the stiffness in my muscles. I hope to soon reduce my dosage and ultimately discontinue it.
Home Program: I continue to be active; to wear my nighttime foot and hand braces; and to stretch and exercise my hand 5-6 times/week.