Back Muscle Spasm – What is it?
Firstly, we need to know what a back spasm is before we decide what treatment path we would prefer to go down. So, what is a back Spasm? Pure and simple, it is your muscle going into a voluntary contraction or the tensing of the muscles in the upper or lower region of your back. Spasms can involve part of the muscle, the complete muscle and sometimes muscles that are also next to it.
How does a back spasm occur?
A spasm happens when the cells of the muscle run out of fluid and energy, and then it becomes hyperexcitable – this could occur through holding the muscle in the same position for prolonged periods of time – this results in a forceful contraction causing a spasm.
Who can it affect?
Back spasms can happen to just about anyone, however, if you have poor posture, suffer from sprains and strains or indeed overuse of your muscles, then you are more likely to suffer from back spasms. Surprisingly, day to day stress and anxiety can also be a common factor in the cause of back spasms too.
How does it affect the body?
Your muscle may feel much tighter and firmer than normal, with also the possibility of a dull ache to accompany that sensation. Some people report that they feel a sharp stabbing pain too or all the described combinations of discomfort and pain.
Spasms can be different for each one of us, ranging from small spasmodic episodes giving mild discomfort to a pain that is so bad that it can be described as a chronic and severe pain leaving you having difficulties in moving in your usual manner.
What will give relief from back spasm pain and where can I find it in Lincoln?
There are a few different ways to help ease your pain with medication being one of the options. Medication from either your registered or GP practice in Lincoln UK or over the counter medication at a reputable pharmaceutical chemist in the Lincoln High Street, UK, can give you advice on good anti-inflammatory relief treatment that is available.
A simple exercise that helps to stretch the affected muscle is less likely to strain or tear the sore muscle. For lower back spasms the’ Childs pose’ will help with tension. To do this yoga pose, you need to kneel on the floor with your knees slightly apart at hip width. Stretch your body upwards, then lean forward bringing your chest down towards your thighs. Stretch both your hands and arms forward in front of your head and rest both your elbows on the floor. An amazing stretch and feels wonderful!
Holistic massage is also a great way to treat and bring relief to your muscle. By putting firm pressure on the muscle that is affected will reduce tension and to help even further, use a spiky ball or foam roller too. To soothe, press the affected area for 30 – 60 seconds, then rub the surrounding muscle area by using a circular motion to bring relief. Hot and cold compresses can reduce muscle inflammation. Using a warmed towel or heat pad is a great aid in general for tense or tight muscle. Making sure you are hydrated too will also help with the recovery of muscle spasm and its related pain.
Prevention is better than cure.
So, with all this in mind, try to use the following on a day to day basis to protect against further back spasms:
Check your posture throughout the day
Always lift with the legs, not the back
When sitting, make sure you are sitting in a good position and not sitting for long periods of time without getting up and moving around.
Put massage into your self-care routine to maintain the health of your back.