- Selma Blair posted a new photo to her Instagram account showing herself taking a towel bath to calm her MS spasms.
- Selma's posted this photo before, but took it down after she was "kind of being made fun of" by media outlets.
- Selma was diagnosed with MS in 2018 after experiencing symptoms for many years.
Selma Blair is constantly sharing information with her social media followers about her life with multiple sclerosis. Now, she’s opening up about a simple treatment she’s tried that she says has really helped her.
It’s called a towel bath, and Selma says in a new Instagram post that she shared this photo once and was “kind of being made fun of by some news outlets,” so she took it down. Now, she’s trying again.
“So. I spin the wheel again. I stop on a pic a friend took of me trying to stop spasms by lying in warm water with a heavy towel with minerals in bath. Specific minerals,” she captioned a shot of herself laying in a bath under a pretty, multicolored towel.
“The thing is, the heavy towel helped,” Selma continued. “My body would go into a kind of palsy.” Selma said she was “embarrassed” and tried to turn the spasms into “mouth clicks…but the energy had to go somewhere.”
Her therapist recommended putting towels over her and Selma said it helped. “So I wanted to share. A warm bath with towels and a space heater in bathroom so water doesn’t have to be so hot,” Selma wrote.
Selma never explicitly links her muscle spasms to MS in the post, but they’re a common symptom of the disease. Spasticity, which refers to feelings of stiffness and a wide range of involuntary muscle spasms, is one of the most common symptoms of MS, according to the National MS Society. The organization notes that spasticity varies a lot from person to person, so treatment is often recommended on an individual basis. However, medication, physical, and occupational therapy can help.
Selma ended on this powerful note: “We are in this together. I don’t mind being ridiculed a bit anymore. We do what we need to do. #towelbath.”
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