A contracture is a permanent tightening or shortening of a body part, such as a muscle, tendon or skin which affects both shape and function of the area. The contracture is often a response to continued stress or spasticity, or an over-firing of commands from the nervous system to the various body tissues. Contractures may be caused by burns, occur as a result of surgery or symptomatic of disorders such as cerebral palsy or Dupuytren's contractures.
Contractures cannot be exercised or stretched away once they occur. Massage can help to relieve the pain