Muscle spasms are involuntary contraction that can occur suddenly. These spasms range from mild to severe, and they can affect various muscles throughout the body, such as the leg muscles and the back muscles. Strenuous exercise is a cause of spasms, as well as dehydration and inadequate mineral intake. But in some cases, the cause of spasms remain a mystery.
If you suffer from acute or chronic muscle spasms, here are four ways to reduce pain.
1. Increase your fluid intake. Dehydration is a common cause of spasms. Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated and prevent spasms. If you're in the middle of an attack, drink a glass of tonic water. This is proven to provide quick relief.
2. Gently and slowly rub your sore muscles. This increases blood circulation, which helps ease spasms.
3. Use heat or cold therapy. If your muscles are tight, apply a cold compress for 10 to 15 minutes. If you also experience pain in your muscles, apply a heat compress for the same amount length of time.
4. Take a vitamin supplement. A low intake of calcium, potassium, vitamin B and other essential nutrients can contribute to muscle spasms. Talk to your doctor to see if a supplement is right for you.
Do your best to keep your body operating at its optimum. Remember regular chiropractic adjustments have shown to aid the body in staying healthy, for longer periods. If you or anyone you know would like to see what chiropractic can do for them, give us a call. We take walk in appointments as well.
Dr. Justin Snyder