WHAT IS HY­PO­TO­NIA?

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Hy­po­to­nia means de­creased mus­cle tone. It is a symp­tom, rather than a disorder in it­self, and can oc­cur at any age. Many dif­fer­ent dis­eases and dis­or­ders can cause hy­po­to­nia – the most common be­ing mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy, Down syn­drome and cere­bral palsy. Some­times it will also come as a re­sult of an in­jury or an ill­ness. Th­ese dis­or­ders can af­fect any level of the ner­vous sys­tem, so can af­fect the brain, cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem or mus­cles. Treat­ment varies de­pend­ing on each child and symp­toms. The most common treat­ment is on­go­ing phys­io­ther­apy to strengthen and en­cour­age the de­vel­op­ment of spe­cific mus­cles.

SUPPORT: Tama True­man (mid­dle front) is cud­dled by his sib­lings Kaani, 5, Nei­tana, 11,

and Makaia, 8.

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