Muscle relaxants have some value for relief of spastic muscle disorders, that is, a state of increased muscle tone that results from an imbalance between central and spinal control of muscle tone. Spasticity is the result of a general release from supraspinal control and is characterized by heightened excitability of a- and 7-motor systems and the appearance of primitive spinal cord reflexes. Treatment is difficult, since relief often can be achieved only at the price of increased muscle weakness.
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