What Are Muscle Spasms?
Muscle spasms are movement within the muscle that happen in a fast and sometimes painful manner. It may feel uncontrollable, and usually, muscle spasms last for a short amount of time. Spasms may affect large or small muscle groups.
What muscle groups may be affected?
One’s body has three different types of muscle.
They are the heart muscle, also known as the cardiac muscle, and it helps move blood throughout the body in a pumping action.
Skeletal muscle helps the bones move the bodies by supporting the skeletal system. Skeletal muscle supports the neck, legs, arms, trunk, face, and back.
Smooth muscle includes muscles that enable the movement of inner organs, such as the lining muscles of the intestines, stomach, and esophagus.
What causes muscle spasms?
Muscle spasms are caused when a muscle is overused and has been pushed to muscle fatigue due to dehydration or an abnormality in electrolytes. Sometimes muscles may spasm when the spine or joint become inflamed or injured.
Lactic acid may be to blame. Lactic acid builds up within muscles during exercise, and this increases the acidity of muscle cells. Sometimes anxiety or nervousness also causes muscle spasms that are also known as nervous tics.
Drinking too much coffee or caffeinated beverages can also cause spasms, as well as low levels of calcium, vitamin B, and vitamin D. Sometimes muscle spasms can happen as an adverse reaction to drugs or after the use of nicotine and tobacco products.
What treatment is available for muscle spasms?
Muscle spasms can be avoided by eating fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains, and protein-rich foods.
Getting proper sleep helps the nerves recover and regular chiropractic care helps to ensure to spine and joints are well aligned and cared for. Stress reduction through yoga or Tai Chi may also help, as well as limiting intake of caffeine.
When are muscle spasms more dangerous?
Muscle spasms can be a sign of muscular dystrophies, Lou Gehrig’s disease, spinal muscular atrophy, or Isaac’s syndrome. These are less common and are more often either inherited diseases that weaken and break down muscles overtime or nerve cell, muscle fiber, or sclerosis-related disorders.
If one feels that the muscle spasms are persistent and quite chronic, it’s time to make an appointment with your local Coral Springs chiropractor.
When should one seek Medical assistance?
Medical assistance is advised if the muscle spasms are excruciating and have either not responded to home remedies or last a significant amount of time.
Medical assistance should be sought if the pain increases at any time or spreads to other areas near the original spasm site.
Ultimately, muscle spasms are usually not a huge cause of concern. Often the spasms will go away without treatment.
In the case where one is worried about the longevity or pain of muscle spasms, it’s wise to seek medical treatment from a chiropractic care specialist at The Spine and Wellness Centers.