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Posted on 12-02-2014

Can chiropractic treatment help relieve back spasms?

Seeking Natural Muscle Treatment and Pain Relief for Back Spasms

You know when shooting pain takes over in your back you are physically not able to do anything until it subsides. Back spasms occur when the muscles contract and will not relax. Often these spasms are very painful and are among the most common form of back pain treated by doctors.

Some doctors prescribe medications to relax the muscles or relieve the pain, but this only serves to mask the symptoms. Many patients find natural back pain relief from regular chiropractic treatments.

What Causes Back Spasms?

There are many reasons your back muscles might act up and cause discomfort. Among the most common are:

  • Obesity
  • Posture (sitting, standing or sleeping)
  • Athletic or recreational activities
  • Injury

The involuntary contractions of your back muscles is likely occurring due to overuse, weakness or strain. The spasms are likely occurring near your spinal chord and may be causing severe pain if they are pressuring the sensitive nerves located there. Most patients begin to fear exertion because of the potential spasm that might occur from lifting, working out or moving quickly. This response can often cause further damage because the patient becomes immobile instead of actively encouraging the muscles to heal.

Solutions for Painful Back Spasms

Treatment for back spasms should never be delayed. As soon as a painful muscle spasm is first noticed, use rest, ice, heat and compression to serve as the first line of treatment. Hot and cold packs should be alternated to reduce inflammation for at least the first 24 hours. Schedule a visit to your chiropractor for additional treatments to prevent further injury or prolonged symptoms.

Your chiropractor will have a number of helpful treatments to treat the root cause naturally. Rather than relying on medications, a chiropractor will help you properly relax the muscles and stretch them out so they can heal properly. Your doctor might decide that active isolated stretching or massage therapy will best help your situation. It is important to visit the chiropractor as soon as possible to prevent your condition from worsening.

What was the most inconvenient back spasm you’ve ever expereicned? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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