Why is my muscle twitching? Why does it hurt? And what does it mean? These are just a few of the questions you may ask yourself when experiencing a muscle spasm. These instances are more than just an inconvenience, as the root causes of muscle spasms could indicate a variety of underlying health conditions. Learn more about muscle spasms, how they affect daily life and why you should consider muscle spasm treatment at AIMS Clinic to find relief.
What are muscle spasms?
Muscle spasms are also known as muscle cramps, but they involve much more than just cramping. These involuntary muscle contractions can significantly impact daily life and may strike at any time. Ranging in intensity from mild to severe pain, the affected muscles often exhibit visible twitching, appear distorted or feel harder than normal to the touch. The most common causes of muscle spasms include:
- Pregnancy or giving birth
- Muscle fatigue
- Poor posture, sleeping on a bad mattress and other physical factors
- Inadequate stretching before exercise
- Electrolyte imbalances (potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium, etc.)
- Exercising in hotter temperatures
- Excessive vomiting and/or diarrhea
Muscle spasms can happen at any time to any muscle and affect men, women and children of all ages and activity levels. They can affect a part of a muscle, an entire muscle or a group of muscles.
How do muscle spasms affect day-to-day life?
When muscle spasms occur, they can last from seconds to minutes or even longer. Often accompanied by varying degrees of pain, they disrupt your daily routine. For instance, office workers with muscle spasms of the hand may find it hard to continue typing, while machine operators struggle to accurately control equipment. Meanwhile, athletes with muscle spasms anywhere may be prevented from training. Even tasks as simple as walking or sitting in a car seat or chair can become challenging.
When muscle spasms are recurring, widespread throughout the body and/or chronic in nature, they can take a toll on quality of life and day-to-day functioning. You may find yourself unable to work, sleep well or take part in activities you once took for granted. In these cases, it’s important to consult with a doctor to understand the cause of the spasms and whether they point to a serious underlying condition. Your healthcare provider may determine that vascular issues, hormonal problems, nutritional deficiencies or specific diseases are at the root of the spasms.
How can muscle spasm treatment help?
Our integrated approach combines multiple disciplines for muscle spasm treatment that requires zero medications or surgery. After a thorough assessment, your doctor may recommend chiropractic care and/or physical therapy to determine the causes of the spasms and help muscles relax. While every treatment plan is different, soft tissue massage, spinal manipulations, hot and cold therapy, muscle release techniques and other modalities are often used to help patients find relief.
Your chiropractor or physical therapist may also recommend a number of complementary treatments, including:
- Nutritional counseling
- Podiatric care
- Lifestyle adjustments
- Pain management
- And more…
Seek Treatment Today
No one should have to live with the complications and discomfort of muscle spasms. To learn more about our alternative treatments, contact AIMS Clinic. Our team of experts will provide a free consultation to determine the probable cause of your spasms and guide you toward the road to recovery. For more information, call us today at 732-254-5553.