What is Muscle Atrophy and How Can I prevent it?
Apr 4, 2019
What is Muscle Atrophy and How Can I prevent it?

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What is Muscle Atrophy?

Muscle atrophy is when the muscle wastes away and is often experienced by patients with certain brain injuries, Cerebral Palsy, stroke, malnutrition, or extended hospitalization. When we don’t use our muscles regularly it causes them to thin out due to lack of active stimulation and exercise. The thinning of the muscles can cause a person to lose strength within their body. Another reason someone can experience muscle atrophy is due to poor nutrition because nutrients and proteins are necessary for normal development and function of muscles.

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How to prevent it.

If you or someone in your family has experienced a neurological event or illness, there are ways to prevent muscle atrophy. Unsurprisingly, one of the best ways to prevent muscles deterioration is staying active. However, it can be hard to find the motivation after an illness or traumatic event. Occupational and Physical therapy can help create and guide a patient through an exercise routine that is specifically designed for the patient's needs. Along with physical activity, it is also important to maintain healthy eating habits. After an illness or traumatic event the body needs the nutrition to build strength in our muscles and build up our immune system.

As you come to understand the best options for you or a loved one’s rehab journey, don’t miss the opportunity to check out Neofect Home Rehab Solutions. Neofect Home Rehab products are clinically proven to improve hand and arm functionality all with fun, engaging activities that you can do in the comfort of your home.

To learn more, call (888) 623-8984 or email info@neofect.com.

WRITTEN BY

  • Ashley Gatewood, OTR/L
    Ashley is an occupational therapist and health writer based out of Richmond, VA. Ashley has seven years of experience across multiple practice settings and is currently working in adult home health.
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