When spasms strike they STRIKE; and often without warning. One minute you’re bending over picking up something seemingly inconspicuous; and the next minute you’re in excruciating pain, unable to move. Worryingly, many adults will find themselves in this situation at some point during their lives. And those who have experienced even one muscle spasm are likely to suffer one again.
Though back spasms undoubtedly cause significant and often debilitating short-term pain, they are not usually caused by anything serious. Our Fareham chiropractor explains that for the majority of the time, spasms in the spine are a result of seemingly trivial injuries to the strictures within the lumbar spine.
Our chiropractor also advises that there are many simple ways to help avoid a painful muscle spasm:
Gentle stretching will significantly benefit your muscles, so make a commitment to add stretching exercises into your daily routine. Pilates and Yoga are two effective activities that will help to promote safe stretching.
If you don’t engage in regular physical activity, start now! Join a gym. Start a fitness class. Walk regularly. Whatever you do, keep it up – the key to any exercise routine is consistency.
Strength training will help you to build muscles and reduce muscular imbalances.
And if you experience a spasm in the meantime?
First 48 to 72 hours: To reduce inflammation, apply ice for 20 minutes; reapply every two hours while lying on your back. Remember to always use an ice pack – never apply ice directly to the skin.
After 72 hours: Apply moist heat to increase blood flow to the area and to help relax tight muscles and irritated nerves. A heating pad is ideal. You may also find relief by soaking in a tub of hot water.
Remember that it’s never too late to start increasing your strength and flexibility.
Our experienced team of chiropractors at Homewood are here to help and advise you on all aspects to do with your back pain.
For friendly advice or to book an appointment, contact us today on 01329 280 283 or email email@example.com