Have you ever strained to reach something up high, or bent down to pick something up off the floor, and suddenly it feels as if your whole back has wrenched up due to a muscle spasm? Well, we feel your pain! All you were trying to do was get something just out of reach, and now you feel like you can't even move. How can such a simple task lead to such excruciating pain?
Well, it wasn't just the one task. Your muscle was already strained to begin with, and you didn't even know it. Your muscle was pushed to its limit, and it stiffened into a spasm to protect itself from further damage. Typically, muscle spasms occur from repetitive movements like heavy lifting, or poor posture from slouching in front of a computer screen all day. When your muscle has been strained over time, one sudden movement will often send it into a spasm. When a spasm happens, it cuts off blood supply, which causes even more pain and leaves you stuck on the couch, unable to move for hours. There are a number of things you can do to prevent a muscle spasm, and to help alleviate the pain from a muscle spasm that has already occurred.
- Get periodic massages to loosen up any stiff muscles.
- Drink lots of fluids, and make sure you're getting the correct daily amount (.5 ounce-1 ounce for every pound you weigh).
- Make sure you are getting the proper amount of sleep, and stretch both before bed and first thing when you wake up in the morning.
- Increase your intake of magnesium and calcium, as muscle spasms are also thought to be caused by low levels of both.
- Visit your chiropractor regularly.
Chiropractic care helps to correct stress to the nervous system, allowing your body to function properly. This will help treat a muscle spasm or prevent them from ever happening in the first place.