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What Are Muscle Spasms?

What Are Muscle Spasms?

Regular chiropractic care may help to alleviate the cause of muscle spasms.

Regular chiropractic care may help to alleviate the cause of muscle spasms.

You reach for a box of cereal on the top shelf at the grocery store and suddenly there’s excruciating pain as a muscle goes into spasm. The pain is unbearable, and you can barely move. How can something as simple as reaching for something cause so much pain?

The answer is – it didn’t. The muscle was already strained but reaching for the cereal overextended it. This made the muscle go stiff and go into spasm to protect it from any more harm. Repetitive movements or habits, such as heavy lifting, poor posture, swinging a baseball bat or sitting in front of a computer can cause a muscle to become strained.

Often, when muscles have been strained for a while, all it can take is one sudden movement (i.e., one stretch for a box of cereal) for an already strained muscle to go into spasm. When this happens, all the muscle fibers contract at the same time. Muscle contraction cuts off blood supply, creating, even more muscle pain, which will cause the muscle to contract even further. This is all too common for some people who will lie immobilized on the floor for hours because the muscle just won’t relax with movement.

Help for Your Muscle Spasms

It can take several weeks for a muscle spasm to subside, but you can try the following suggestions to aide in the healing process.

  • Apply ice/heat and try massage therapy to assist with pain relief.
  • Rest.
  • A lack of magnesium, calcium and water are thought to contribute to muscle spasms, it may be beneficial to increase your intake of those three.
  • Seek chiropractic care.

Chiropractic care will not only help to alleviate the cause of muscle spasm once it is present but it will also help to prevent it from happening in the first place! In order for you muscles to function properly, roper nerve function is essential and chiropractic adjustments locate and correct areas of the spine where there is nerve dysfunction.

Excerpt: One sudden movement is all it takes!

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