When a muscle contracts abnormally and spontaneously, it goes into a spasm. Spasms may involve smooth or striated muscle and can occur anywhere in the body; however, they do tend to take place in common muscles that are subject to overexertion. If the contraction occurs in the back, near the spinal cord or the nerve roots then it causes unbearable pain. Initially, the sufferer feels a swift and unexpected pain in the lower back during movements such as pushing, twisting or pulling and it may be possible to continue these movements for a little more time.
What Causes Muscle Spasm Pain?
Some causes of muscle spasm include straining of a muscle, dehydration, trauma, and damage to nerves or to the spinal cord.
A pinched nerve is caused when a nerve is somehow damaged or injured by direct pressure or compression and is unable to properly conduct its signal. There are many potential causes for a pinched nerve, depending on the location of the nerve.
A pinched nerve in the neck or lower back can be caused by a herniated disc, arthritis, bone spurs, or spinal stenosis.
A pinched nerve in the lower back or buttock can compress the sciatic nerve, which can cause sciatica.
A pinched nerve in the wrist can be caused by carpal tunnel syndrome. Cubital tunnel syndrome is a similar condition caused by compression of the ulnar nerve in the elbow.
Both of these conditions are more common in people with diabetes and people who perform repetitive activities such as a typist, using a computer keyboard for long periods of time, or assembly line workers.
Swelling around a nerve can be caused by an injury, bruise, or other conditions, including the swelling of the extremities that can occur with pregnancy.
How to Relieve Muscle Spasms Pain Naturally
– Pay attention to how you use your back. Try avoid twisting at the waist (instead turn the entire body) and always use your legs (and not your back) when lifting heavy objects.
– Cold Therapy: Ice/Cool compresses is particularly good for the first couple of days. Apply an ice pack to the painful and tender area. Ask someone to massage the exact spot where the pain is concentrated, with the ice. Move the ice pack gently in a circular motion and then up and down and sideways. Do this for ten to fifteen minutes. The ice will reduce the swelling in the muscles and the surrounding tissues and will alleviate the pain quickly. Apply the pack as frequently as possible to get rid of the excruciating pain.
– Relax. Lie down in a comfortable position
– Pelvic tilts. This exercise gently move the spine and stretches the lower back
- Lie on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the floor
- Slowly tighten your muscles and press your lower back against the floor. Hold for 10 seconds (don’t hold your breath). Slowly relax.
– Walk (no bed rest!!) Take a short walk (3-5 minutes) on a flat, level surface every 3 hours.
– You should also work to strengthen your core abdominal muscles as they provide stability for the back and help take some of the workload off of the weaker back muscles.
– Since a lack of magnesium, calcium and water are thought to provoke muscle spasms, increasing your intake of all three may help as well.
Spasms can often be addressed through chiropractic care, improvement of diet or physical therapy.
Many people find relief from back spasms through chiropractic care. Doctor of Chiropractic use noninvasive techniques that utilise chiropractic adjustments as well as muscle stretching to treat the back spasms. Chiropractic adjustments include procedures to correct the alignment of the spine and to restore balance to the body. The adjustments of the joints and muscles by chiropractors are believed to improve the ability of the muscles to receive nutrients and to improve blood flow. This replenishes the fluid in the muscle and removes the cause of the back spasms.
Chiropractic care is a gentle and noninvasive alternative to traditional medicine.
The benefits of chiropractic care include relief from pain, a reduction in muscle spasms, an increase in mobility and an improved posture, among others. Much like a traditional doctor, when you visit a chiropractor, they will begin treatment on the area that is giving you pain. Once this problem is taken care of, the chiropractor will treat other areas of your body as a method of prevention. This is a good way to avoid suffering from back spasms in the future.
Chiropractic is one of the most cost effective and safest form of care for back spasms pain. Clinical evidence suggests that chiropractic is more effective in dealing with back spasms pain than other more common medical treatments.
Chiropractic adjustments free the nervous system to communicate effectively so that the body can self-heal and self-regulate.