Muscle Spasm

Exercise and muscle tensionMuscle spasm and muscle tightness is one of the most common problems seen everyday by chiropractors. Following an injury or trauma, muscles tighten or shorten, resulting in pain and soreness. However, muscle tension can also occur due to ongoing issues such as poor posture or even unrelenting stress. The neck and shoulder area are common sites of muscle fatigue, muscle spasm and pain. This is a very prevalent problem in office workers, especially those spending a majority of there time in front of a computer. As a chiropractor, I am also sadly finding muscle tension in children and teenagers due to poor posture with the use of IPads and IPods etc.

How Is Muscle Spasm Treated?

Whether your muscle spasm is a result of an injury, tension, stress, poor posture or some other cause, the method for relief is the same, the muscle must relax so that the normal healing process can occur.

One of the many methods utilized in our clinic to treat muscle spasm is to recommend nutritional supplementation. Many different vitamins and minerals are involved in muscle function, so it is important to eat a good diet, chosen from a wide variety of foods.

The minerals magnesium and calcium are particularly important for muscle function. Magnesium and calcium work directly on muscle cells to relax tense or sore muscles. Without these two essential nutrients, muscular movements would be impossible. Many people have adequate calcium intake through their diet, but most people are magnesium deficient. Low levels of magnesium will make muscles tight, and prone to spasm. This does become particularly important in summer, when people sweat more often, and hence eliminate more magnesium in this form. There are many forms of magnesium available in supplementation, however the most effective product that I have clinically found to obtain consistent results is a high quality practitioner only supplement.

If you would like to find out more about your muscle pain or spasms, please book for an appointment. Alternatively ask one of the chiropractors if magnesium would be of benefit to you, when next you get adjusted.

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