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Gaining muscle mass on affected limbs

AlejandraTR17AlejandraTR17 Member Posts: 6 Listener
edited September 2020 in Cerebral Palsy
Hi, everyone! Have people been able to gain muscle mass in their affected limbs (i.e, legs, given spastic diplegia) with PT and/or exercise? Is it possible? Thanks!


  • Richard_ScopeRichard_Scope Scope community team Posts: 2,686 Scope community team
    Hi @AlejandraTR17
    Yes, it's absolutely possible using weight and resistance training plus swimming. I go to the gym regularly and I have found it to be very beneficial for my weaker limbs. I was lucky enough to find a personal trainer who designed an exercise regime for me. 
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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @AlejandraTR17, I have CP that prominently affects my left size. My left leg is thinner then my right but (pre-covid) I found that swimming helped. :)
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  • janer1967janer1967 Community champion Posts: 8,477 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @AlejandraTR17 Welcome to the community glad you have joined us here

    I will tag in another member @chiarieds who may be able to help you with her experience
  • chiariedschiarieds Community champion Posts: 7,435 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @AlejandraTR17 - sorry for the delay in replying, for some reason I could only get on the online community very briefly yesterday afternoon. Thank you for the tag @janer1967.
    I read you've just had surgery to stretch your hip abductor muscles, so I hope this would be followed up by physiotherapy. As mentioned above, swimming is one of the best exercises as it is rhythmical in nature. As far as your abductors go, you would need to start slowly, & build up gradually, and maintain gentle stretches as well as your core strength. Are you able to see a physiotherapist who specialises in neurological problems?
  • WestHam06WestHam06 Community champion, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,218 Pioneering
    Hi @AlejandraTR17
                                     How are you? In answer to your question, yes it is possible. In agreement with many of the replies to your question, swimming is a great way to achieve this along with physio. A little like @Richard_Scope has said weight and resistance training is also beneficial. I was also lucky enough to have a gym instructor as well who built a programme around my needs. I hope that this helps and please let us know how things progress. Thank you. 
  • AlejandraTR17AlejandraTR17 Member Posts: 6 Listener
    @chiarieds, thank you so much for checking up on the adductor surgery. Feel very supported :blush:
    It was a SEMLS and they also did femoral derotation and all kinds of procedures. So I'll start physio when the casts come off both legs on Oct 2! I will be able to see a neuro specialist,

    Big thanks to both @chiarieds and  @WestHam06 -- I'd always been shy with gym trainers about my specific needs, thinking "all exercise is great," which is true, but it makes sense to ask for specific things -- core, abductors, etc. Thank you both!

  • chiariedschiarieds Community champion Posts: 7,435 Disability Gamechanger
    You are very welcome @AlejandraTR17 - I worked as a physio a long time ago specialising in children who had cerebral palsy. Since joining Scope a year ago, I now realise how cerebral palsy can impact greatly on adults' lives; something I didn't think about then, as I was just trying to help children as much as I could.
    I have, however, maintained an interest in neurological problems..... just as well, as myself and family have a genetic disorder + a neurological component!
    I am pleased you will be able to get appropriate physio, & I bet you can't wait for the 2nd of October. Please kindly let us know how you get on. :)

  • WestHam06WestHam06 Community champion, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,218 Pioneering
    Hi @AlejandraTR17
                                     No problem and please let us know how you get on. Please feel free to ask anymore questions. Best wishes with you physio appointment. Thank you
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