Have you felt a sudden cramp in your muscles or are you feeling tired on your back for quite some time? These may be muscle spasms that may affect your overall comfort and your Wesley Chapel chiropractor may be able to help.
Muscle spasms or muscle cramps are involuntary contractions that are often painful or uncomfortable. They can develop virtually at any muscle, but the most common areas are in the legs and along the spine, which can be very limiting.
Muscle spasms involve a large bundle of muscles that is different from a muscle twitch, which only involves a small muscle fiber. While it may be experienced by most people, muscle spasms are highly preventable and manageable. The first step of managing it is to determine the causes to specifically address the root problem.
The following are the common causes of muscle spasms:
- Overuse of muscles
When a muscle is tired or overused, it may lead to muscle spasms when at rest because the muscle is used to being overstretched or overworked. For instance, people who work in construction areas and athletes may experience muscle spasms when they fail to rest for some time. In this line, make sure to take some rest between heavy work and exercise to allow the muscles to relax.
- Engaging in muscle work on a hot weather
Another common cause of muscle spasms is dehydration and loss of electrolytes as a result of forceful muscle contraction on a hot weather. When you need to move on warm temperatures, make sure to replenish your cells with plenty of fluids and sports drinks.
- Unaccustomed training
Engaging in exercise without warm up or suddenly engaging in high impact exercises can also lead to muscle cramping because the muscle fibers are not accustomed to a particular activity level. A good example is developing spasms on the abdominal muscles when doing sit ups too quickly or too many without prior experience.
- Circulatory problems
Problems in circulation such as atherosclerosis and thrombosis can block blood flow to the muscles leading to muscle cramps. Reduced oxygen and nutrients to the muscles can stimulate the fibers to go into spasms.
- Nutritional problems
Low calcium and potassium levels can aggravate muscle spasms. Calcium is responsible for muscle relaxation and when it is lacking, it can leave the muscles to be tensed most of the time. In the same line, low potassium levels can also lead to spasms. Make sure to consume calcium and potassium risk foods such as milk and banana.
- Poor positioning during sleep
Poor positioning can also cause spasms especially along the neck and back. This makes you feel sore or spastic upon awakening. Avoiding sleeping in a prone position and use a supportive pillow and a firm mattress for this matter.
- Systemic diseases
Anemia, diabetes, renal problems and others can lead to muscle spasms as a result of poor circulation, poor nutrition and reduced nerve function.
Muscle spasms are easily prevented by avoiding the above causes. If you are suffering from muscle spasms regularly, visit your chiropractor for effective managements to correct them and improve your quality of life.