Smart Tips on Relieving Chronic Muscle Spasms
While they feel similar to cramps, chronic muscle spasms are a different thing altogether. Whereas a cramp makes your muscle feel tight and stiff for a minute or two, chronic muscle spasms translate to a few days of muscle soreness and pain. Unlike a cramp that is relieved with a few massage strokes and minutes of rest, a muscle spasm refuses to budge until it is ready to do so – kind of like an unwelcomed visitor that even overstayed its forced welcome. Chronic muscle spasms can also strike just about anywhere in the body. Your neck, back, legs, and even your fingers are especially vulnerable to a spasm attack. Since treatment for the causes of muscle spasms takes time, here are some tips that you can consider to get relief fast:
Ease into your routine gradually.
If your last morning jog left you with muscle spasms in your legs that make it painful for you to run, switch into an easier activity like walking. Do not force yourself to resume your regular routine while suffering from muscle spasms or coming off from an attack. Even if the spasms have stopped, they can easily come back once triggered. Gradually ease into your regular routine by taking up similar but easier activities until your muscles have fully recovered.
Prepare your muscles for possible recurrence.
If you have had muscle spasms before, you can expect to have a recurrence. While there are no guarantees that preparing for a recurrence can prevent a relapse, it can make the next attack easier to bear. Simple exercises like stretching can increase the flexibility and elasticity of your joints and muscles. Keeping your muscles strong and flexible is key in preventing chronic muscle spasms. Strengthening exercises can also help build your muscle up. Working with a trainer or physical therapist can also help a lot.
Keep your muscle under wraps.
Covering the affected muscle in tight but comfortable bandages can prevent internal muscular bleeding that can set of another series of muscle spasms. Just remember to wrap your muscle up firmly but not too much so as to stop or reduce the blood flow. If your muscles feel uncomfortably contracted, numb, or limited in movement, the bandage wrap is too tight. Adjust accordingly to get the maximum benefit.
Pamper your body.
Rest is important if you want to keep muscle spasms at bay. Your day-to-day activities cause stress and tension in your muscles to build up, thus, increasing your chances of having muscle spasms. Resting and relaxing your muscles can prevent the onset of the spasms. Aside from rest, you can also modify the way you do certain activities in such a way that you ease the pressure on the affected muscle. For example, if you have back spasms, it is better for you to lie down or sit in a chair with good back support. Standing requires the muscles to work harder.
Practice muscle relaxation techniques.
Massages, heat therapies, and cold compresses work wonders on muscle spasms. However, applying them during the attack can make the condition worse. Wait until the spasms subside before applying these techniques. These are designed to get the blood flowing back into the muscles to distribute nutrients, ease the stiffness, and reduce the soreness. Doing these regularly on muscles that are often affected by spasms can reduce the frequency of attacks.https://www.healtharticlesworld.com/diseases/back-pain/smart-tips-on-relieving-chronic-muscle-spasms/https://i1.wp.com/www.healtharticlesworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/smart-tips-on-relieving-chronic-muscle-spasms.jpg?fit=640%2C456&ssl=1https://i1.wp.com/www.healtharticlesworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/smart-tips-on-relieving-chronic-muscle-spasms.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1Back painWhile they feel similar to cramps, chronic muscle spasms are a different thing altogether. Whereas a cramp makes your muscle feel tight and stiff for a minute or two, chronic muscle spasms translate to a few days of muscle soreness and pain. Unlike a cramp that is relieved...Doc firstname.lastname@example.orgAdministratorHealth Articles World