There are more than 600 muscles in your body, reponsible for gross and fine motor movements. Muscle spasms can occur when a muscle contracts but fails to extend back to its original resting position. Inactivity, anemia, tobacco use, inflammation, hormonal imbalances, arthritis, dehydration, and activity without proper warm up are just a few reasons why spasms occur.
Spasms are caused by an imbalance of the electrolytes calcium, magnesium, and potassium in the muscle tissue. Pain and spasms can also be caused by lactic acid or toxin build up as a result of muscle metabolism, viral infection, or muscle injuries.
Massage therapy is excellent in treating muscle spasms, including in the acute phase. With slow, gentle to moderate to deep pressure, a skilled hand can usually locate the source and aid in quicker recovery.
It may be interesting to also note that in Chinese medicine, most muscular disorders are caused by stagnation to the liver energy and its inability to rid the body of toxins.
Here are a few natural home remedies should a muscle spasm arise:
-For acute back injury, apply an ice pack to the painful area for 15-20 minutes, 2-3 times a day, during the first 24-48 hours.
-Take an Epsom salt bath for 20 minutes to allow heat and Magnesium to relieve muscle tension.
-Make a natural anti-inflammtory cocktail by mixing equal parts of unsweetened black cherry juice with dark grape juice. Drink 3-6 glasses a day until pain subsides.
Daily Supplements for Muscle Health, Inflammation, Spasms:
-Calcium (1,000mg), Magnesium (400-500 mg), Potassium (25 mg) are essential.
-Bromelain enzyme (450 mg) natural anti-inflammatory, helps counter muscle and joint pain.
-Vitamin B complex and folate
-Omega-3 Fatty acids
**If pain and cramping are constant throughtout the day, you should see a physician to rule out any other disorders.