Muscle Spasms are characterized by tensing of a muscle or muscles involuntarily causing a range of pain from mild to severe. They can impact anyone at anytime, however some people may experience them more often, and they may persist for longer periods.
In this article, we will go over many of the common causes of muscle spasms as well as some of the treatments we can provide right in our office to bring you relief.
What do Muscle Spasms Feel Like?
Muscle spasms can impact a surprising number of places in the body – From the foot, thigh and calf to the hands, arms or abdomen. When the muscles contract in this way, you may be able to see the hardened muscle or feel it with your hands. The muscles may twitch or you might just feel pain. The muscle spasm may last a few seconds, a few minutes or as long as 15 minutes.
Possible Causes for Muscle Spasms:
Spasms can happen to anyone no matter your age or condition. While the exact cause is unknown, many experts agree that poor hydration, overly intense exercise, restricted blood supply, not enough stretching, stress or lack of electrolytes may be to blame.
Possible Treatment Options for Muscle Spasms:
While it is difficult to provide the exact treatment for muscle spasms, there are some things you can try.
- Taking a daily B12 vitamin
- Apply ice or heat (try taking a bath to relieve the cramping)
- Walk around and get the body moving
- Stretch out the area (especially useful for charley horses – Flex your foot to relieve the cramp)
- Take a painkiller
- Massage the muscles
You may also be able to prevent muscle spasms by stretching comprehensively prior to and after exercise. Drink plenty of fluids and be sure you’re getting enough vitamins and electrolytes. Focus on a healthy diet and reduce stress wherever possible.
If you are having muscle spasms often, please give us a call so we can see what treatment may work best for you.
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