What to Do When You Have Muscle Spasms

Tips on Back Spasms from Our Chiropractor in Fort Lauderdale

Muscle spasms most commonly occur in the calf, thigh, back, arm, hand and the arch of the foot. Spasms are involuntary movements, which can range from mild twitches that are somewhat distracting or annoying, to extremely painful muscular contractions. Also called muscle cramps (or “charley horses” when spasms occur in the calf), these spasms are often visible and may feel tight and hard when touched. 

Man getting his back spasms looked at by a chiropractor.

Leg cramps and back spasm are some of the most painful and debilitating examples. If muscle spasms are limiting your activities and quality of life, get effective, focused muscle spasm treatment and learn what causes muscle spasms from our chiropractor near Fort Lauderdale. In the meantime, use this information and advice to help ease the pain of your next back spasm.

Who is at Risk for Muscle Spasms?

Spastic muscles happen most often in:

  • Babies
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Weekend warriors or those who overdo exercise
  • Participants in endurance sports
  • People who are ill

Notice that all of the above groups are prone to dehydration, which is a causative factor in many muscle spasms. However, muscle cramps can happen to anyone, and they don’t always happen during exercise or when you’re dehydrated. Leg cramps, back spasm, and other muscle cramps can even occur during sleep.

What Causes Muscle Spasms?

Our chiropractor near Fort Lauderdale sees many examples of the following, which is expected, considering our outdoorsy population and Florida climate:

  • Strenuous activity or working out in hot weather
  • Electrolyte imbalance (Electrolytes are electrically charged nutrient chemicals, such as sodium, magnesium, calcium and potassium, needed for cell and organ function, nerve impulse transmission, muscle contraction and more.)
  • Dehydration
  • Vigorous exercise without stretching or warming up
  • Overuse, tiredness and muscular fatigue

How to Deal with Muscle Spasms from Our Ft. Lauderdale Chiropractor 

  • Quit doing the activity that triggered the spasm and...
  • Massage the muscle
  • Stretch gently
  • Keep the limb or affected body area in the stretched position until spasms stop
  • If the muscle won’t relax, apply heat to soothe the tensed muscles
  • For soreness after spasms, apply a cold pack
  • See your chiropractor in Fort Lauderdale to find out the root cause of any spasms which last a long time, keep recurring or are painful and limit your quality of life.

Get Natural Chiropractic Care for Muscle Spasms in Fort Lauderdale

Our chiropractor offers expert muscle spasm treatment, without the need for medication at Tartack Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Fort Lauderdale FL. Contact us at 954-764-4042 today.

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