We have all had muscle spasms, a sudden involuntary contraction of a muscle or a group of muscles. Spasms are generally mild, only lasting a few minutes but severe cases can be painful and dangerous.
Pain is the first sign of a spasmodic muscle contraction (the official name of spasms). A few things can be done to stop minor and potential severe cases of spasms. But first, we need to learn and understand a little more about spasms to prevent it from happening.
Millions of muscle fibers are connected together forming skeletal muscles. Well-nourished muscle fiber is less likely to develop spasms or cramps.
A strong diet may help nourishing your muscles since spasms are normally caused by mineral imbalance. Increasing intake of minerals such as potassium, magnesium and calcium may fortify your muscles, preventing spasms and more serious related issues, such as torn tendons and ligaments.
Bananas are a very rich source of potassium and are normally recommend for athletes and people doing intense cardio exercise. Dairy products are also important, providing good amounts of calcium and magnesium.
Bad posture is another reason people feel spasms. We tend to adjust our posture into a position that will relieve the pain and compensate our poor mechanical function. However, this may be creating muscle stress, triggering spasms, cramping and muscle pain.
Colic is another type of spasms, an episodic pain due to spasms of a muscle in a particular organ. Muscle pain may induce nausea and vomiting, the most common reactions to colic.
Stretching is essential to reduce muscle stress, maintaining muscles in great conditions, preventing injuries and providing a much more enjoyable life. .
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I am a physical therapist. Muscle spasmes related to injury or pain is the way the body tries to protect the area. These type of muscle spasms repsond well to ice. Spasms need oxygen, delivered by blood flow, in order to continue. Ice helps to both relieve pain and reduce this blood flow. Apply ice to the area of muscle spasm, 10 minutes at a time, once an hour.
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