Muscle spasms can cause pain, make daily tasks challenging, and affect your quality of life. Whether you are experiencing muscles spasms due a chronic condition or a sports injury, our chiropractors at Chiropractic Today, serving Birmingham, AL, can help provide relief and reduce your symptoms. To learn more about muscle spasms, we invite you to keep reading!
Understanding Muscle Spasms
A muscle spasm occurs when your muscles involuntarily and forcefully contract. Muscle spasms happen most frequently in your feet, hands, calves, thighs, abdomen, and arms. When the spasms occur in your calves, it is most often at night. You may have experience one or multiple muscle spasms at a time, which may last for up to 15 minutes.
Causes of Muscle Spasms
While the cause of muscle spasms is unknown, certain factors can increase the risk. If you are not stretching the muscle enough or overusing it, you may experience a spasm. You can also get muscle spasms if you exercise in the heat, lose electrolytes, become dehydrated, or have restricted blood supply in a certain part of the body.
A muscle spasm can also occur due to stress, sitting for too long, or standing on concrete floors for long periods of time. While the spasms are more common in older adults, young people can experience them as well. Muscle spasms tend to be common in athletes as well due to dehydration, fatigue, and overuse.
Relief for Muscle Spasms
Since muscle spasms can happen if you don’t stretch your muscles enough, our chiropractors recommend stretching regularly. We will also show you exercises at our office that you can implement to eliminate muscle spasms. Along with that, we'll provide you with advice that can help you ease your pain at home and discuss appropriate levels of exercise to prevent overworking your muscles. Our chiropractors may also recommend that you use hot and cold therapy to help ease any inflammation. In addition, we can talk about proper ergonomics and the best times during the day to exercises, which can help you avoid spasms.
Contact us for Treatment Today
Our team at Chiropractic Today, which serves Birmingham, AL, and the surrounding regions, can help if you're having muscle spasms that are interfering with your sleep or affecting you throughout the day. When you visit us, we can discuss any discomfort you may be experiencing and the frequency of your muscle spasms to determine the appropriate care. To schedule your appointment with one of our chiropractors, call us at (205) 991-3511 today!