A muscle spasm occurs when involuntary movement of a muscle leads to that muscle tightening and shortening. This action creates discomfort for the individual that often subsides after a heightened period of intense pain during the duration of the spasm.
Causes of Muscle Spasms
Muscle spasms, frequent or infrequent, can be caused by many factors. Some causes include the following: muscle injuries, strokes, neurological issues, nervous system problems and other muscle disorders.
Also contributing to the occurrence and frequency of muscle spasms, may be an electrolyte imbalance such as low salt and potassium levels in the body. Several factors contribute to this including dehydration or maintaining a diet that fails to provide the needed electrolytes.
How Muscle Spasms Cause Back Pain
Back pain may be directly connected to muscle spasms because of a spinal condition caused by one of the above factors. An individual with a spinal condition frequently experiences discomfort and pain in other parts of the body.
Chiropractic Care May Cure Muscle Spasms
A chiropractor identifies spinal conditions that contribute to nerve and muscle problems interfering with optimal functioning of the muscles of the skeleton. Once identified, a chiropractor performs a spinal adjustment to relieve stress from the following areas of the body which may be contributing to muscle spasms:
Other soft tissue
After a spinal adjustment, individuals experience the benefits through the following:
Less stress on the joints of the body
Easier movements and improved range of motion
Elimination of muscle discomfort
Improved nervous system functioning
Decrease in frequency and intensity of muscle spasms
Chiropractic Care Prevents Future Back Pain
With a spinal adjustment, not only are the above benefits immediately felt, an individual can also expect an improvement in his or her overall feelings of wellness. Ongoing visits with a chiropractor will ensure that proper spine alignment is maintained and that the body is free of the stress-related factors impacting the spine that cause muscle discomfort and other body pains.
Maintain Proper Spine Alignment and Good Health
Visit the chiropractic office of Dr. David Lewis in San Mateo to treat muscle spasms associated with spinal conditions. The benefits of proper treatment extend far beyond physical comfort; individuals experience an increased sense of wellbeing and overall, good health.