How to overcome your muscle spasm
A muscle spasm is a sudden contraction of a muscle or group of muscles, and the result is pain. We have many patients who come in to the clinic in spasm.
As you can imagine, this state can be painful and exhausting. Have you ever had a calf muscle spasm while playing a sport? It can quickly take you to the ground in agony. The same is true for back muscles.
What causes a muscle spasm
Muscles spasms can occur for various reasons; some of which are mineral deficiencies, underlying injury, overuse, chronic diseases (like Diabetes, anemia and kidney disease), and nervous system diseases.
Repeated unfamiliar movement is a common cause of muscle spasm. This can happen after workout in which you used muscle groups that you rarely use.
Sometimes, a muscle spasms due to an underlying injury. We see many patients whose muscles are in spasm due to a disc herniation. Imbalances in the body or spine can create overuse of muscle groups, which can cause a spasm.
What we can do about your muscle spasm
To determine what treatment is best for your muscle spasm, we first identify the cause. The cause will direct your care.
So, while many of these treatments can be beneficial for a patient in spasm, they may or may not be used.
Treatments include heat therapy, electric stimulation, mineral replacement topically and/or internally, chiropractic adjustment, ART (Active Release Technique), massage, spinal decompression therapy, laser therapy, and rest.
It is common for muscle spasms to go away with proper rest, however, if yours is overwhelming or it is not going away with rest, come see one of our doctors.