What is a muscle spasm? Basically, a muscle spams is an involuntary muscle contraction. We have all had them at one time or another. They usually come suddenly and are very painful! Who hasn’t had the famous “charlie horse” in the calf in the middle of the night? That is a muscle spasm.
Muscle spasms cause pain, but they function as a warning sign: Something else is going wrong with your body mechanics. Back spasms are defense mechanisms; the muscles contract, protecting a deeper problem. The only way to get the muscles to relax is to move, functionally transferring the stress that is causing the injury or inflammation in your back to your posterior chain, which is built to take it, and thereby relieving the pain.
One of my favorite sayings is: MOTION IS LOTION!
Muscle spasm can be caused by several possibilities such as:
Poor blood circulation in the legs
Overexertion of the calf muscles while exercising
Insufficient stretching before exercise
Exercising in the heat
Magnesium and/or potassium deficiency
Calcium deficiency in pregnant women
Malfunctioning nerves, which could be caused by a problem such as a spinal cord injury or pinched nerve in the neck or back
Medication can cause cramping/spasms
Massaging the area
Epsom salt bath
FOUNDATION TRAINING will help correct poor movement patterns
FOUNDATION TRAINING is integrated stretching
FOUNDATION TRAINING is posterior chain “strength” training
FOUNDATION TRAINING is better posture
Have a great day!
That’s me in the picture below…taking a dynamic stretching position at the office. This is how you take care of your body. This is FOUNDATION TRAINING!