How chiropractic care can help relieve muscle spasms
Muscle spasms or cramps are health conditions where you experience an involuntary and uncontrolled contraction of your muscles. It is a very common problem and can effect almost all parts of the body. The most common places are your thighs, calves, feet, abdomen, arms, and hands. Sometimes these cramps can effect several muscles in a group.
Using a chiropractor for muscle spasm can help relieve the problem and associated pain. Regular chiropractic care could also reduce or remove your cramps.
Causes of muscle spasms
Muscle spasms can affect anyone at any time. The time of day or level of activity is not necessarily the cause. You can experience them while sitting, walking or even while sleeping. For some individuals, physical exertion can trigger these cramps.
While research is still being conducted and an exact cause is unknown, some experts generally believe this problem can be related to:
Exercising in high temperature
Excessive high-intensity workout
Inadequate stretching of muscles
Stress and anxiety
Loss of electrolytes such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium from your body
Nocturnal leg cramps are also a common occurrence and could be due to:
Overuse of muscles
Sitting or standing for long time
The severity of pain can vary. You may just feel twitches in the muscle, while other times it can be extremely painful. As your muscles involuntarily contract and cannot relax, they are under great strain and pressure.
Fixing the problem at home
If you experience a muscle spasm or cramp you can try to gently stretch the affected muscle and slowly massage the problem area. This stretching and massaging can help ease the involuntary tension and let your body relax. Once relaxed, move the muscle around, drink water and apply a heating pack or ice to the area to help it relax further.
If this is a common problem, you should talk with Dr. Scott Jutte, your Dickson, TN chiropractor.
How chiropractors treat muscle spasms
Your spine is the nerve highway for the body. Your brain sends signals to all parts of your body through this main highway. If the signals get crossed, due to a pinched nerve for example, then your body will not know what to do and could start to have problems.
Whether the cramp is due to dehydration, low electrolyte levels or a pinched nerve, your Dickson Chiropractor will perform a thorough examination of you and the symptoms and recommend a solution to your problem. If the problem is pinched nerves you could benefit from some spinal decompression.
Spinal Decompression is a method that gently and safely stretches the spine so your nerves and spinal discs can get some relief from the pressure of gravity. This can help reduce your pain and relieve cramp(s).
From spinal decompression, laser therapy, and massage to chiropractic care; Dickson Chiropractic can help you feel better by the time you leave. Talk with your experienced, certified doctor, Dr. Scott Jutte today to find out how he can help you.