Have you ever reached to get something up high, or bent down to pick something up off the ground and it suddenly feels like your whole back has wrenched up because of a muscle spasm? If so, we feel your pain! You were just trying to reach for something out of your grasp, and now you feel as though you can’t even move. How is it possible that such a simple task leads to such excruciating pain?
To be clear, it wasn’t just the one task that did it. Your muscle was already strained, and you weren’t even aware. That muscle was pushed to its limit, and it stiffened into a spasm to protect itself from further damage. Muscle spasms typically occur from repetitive movements like heavy lifting or from poor posture due to slouching in front of a computer all day. When your muscle has been strained over time, one sudden movement can send it into a spasm. When a spasm occurs, the blood supply is cut off, causing even more pain and an inability to move. There a quite a few measures you can take to prevent muscle spasms, and to alleviate the pain once one has occurred.
Drink plenty of fluids and be sure you are getting the correct daily amount for your body. Shoot for .5 ounce-1 ounce for every pound you weigh.
Schedule periodic massages to loosen up any muscle stiffness.
Incorporate more magnesium and calcium into your diet, as muscle spasms can be caused by low levels of both.
Be sure you are getting plenty of restful sleep, and add a stretching routine both before bed and first thing in the morning when you wake up.
Visit your chiropractor regularly.
Chiropractic adjustments help to correct stress to the nervous system, which allows your body to function optimally. This will help to treat a muscle spasm and may even prevent them from happening to begin with! Contact us to schedule a consultation today, and we will help you on your path to wellness.