A muscle spasm is simply an involuntary contraction leading to tension and pain. The muscle tends to tense up and stay that way until the problem is solved, perhaps even worsening. If you’ve ever had muscle spasms in your neck, muscle spasms in your back, and/or lower back spasms, you may be familiar with one or more of the following symptoms:
- Tension and/or pain anywhere along the rope-like muscles that support both sides of your spine, from the back of your skull to the midpoint between your shoulder blades, down through your lower back;
- With muscle spasms in the neck, tension and/or pain in the muscles branching diagonally from your neck vertebrae to your skull;
- A shooting pain that can sometimes accompany the tension down to your hand, which is the result of a pinched nerve;
- Headache that is relieved when the tension is relieved;
- It may be difficult or impossible to turn head one direction or another without pain;
- Stabbing pain, a stiff feeling, a dull throb, or an intense constant pain;
- Severe and instantaneous pain after contact (say in the case of sports or an accident) could indicate fracture or a disc injury, especially with back muscle spasms.
So what causes muscle spasms?
There are many causes of muscle spasms, ranging from injuries such as sprains, inflammation of the joints, herniated or degenerated discs, or fracture. However, bad posture, genetics, infections or even past issues can also cause muscle spasms and the resulting pain. Something as innocuous as dehydration and missing out on some needed electrolytes can sometimes be the cause of the issue. If the blood circulation is less than optimal or if you’ve exercised a bit too hard, muscle spasms may be a painful result.
How to stop muscle spasms?
By stimulating the cardiovascular system, blood circulation can be vastly improved. In this case, it’s good to get as much contact with the strained muscles as possible and even those beyond. Visiting a massage therapist is ideal for this, but if you need a quick fix it can be useful to have something around the house.
A solution that works quickly and effectively at home is to use a therapeutic massage mat. Solid spikes arranged closely together stimulate circulation and supply pressure to the muscles that need it the most. You can simply relax and breathe deeply. Regular use of the therapeutic massage mat is beneficial for preventing neck muscle spasms from reoccurring in the future.