March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month;
Spastic Cerebral Palsy.
Spastic means 'stiff' - children diagnosed with spastic CP experience very tight muscle tone. Some are unable, even with Physical therapy, to relax their muscles. They require medication, and in some cases, surgery to sever muscles groups to help prevent damage to bones.
Some children with CP also suffer with low muscle tone. An inability to support sitting, or holding up their heads.
Henry has Spastic CP. It effects all four of his limbs. He frequently goes ridged and is unable to relax. Putting him in his wheelchair, or in the car seat is sometimes painful... even with medication.