Paraspinal Muscle Spasm
When you bend down to pick up a piece of paper from the floor or you support the phone with your chin while conversing or you lift your stuffs out of your trunk, you might suddenly feel your muscles tighten painfully and that's when a spasm sets in.If all the muscle fibers contract at the same time within a muscle belly, then spasms occur. This most commonly occurs when you suddenly move or overextend a tensed-up muscle that hasn't been properly prepared for the movement.Suddenly bending over after sitting for a long time would make the fibers suddenly tighten and then muscle spasm develops. In muscle spasm, the fibers narrow down the flow of blood to the muscle, creating numbness and pain. The pain generated generates even more contractions. You are then stuck in a quagmire of pain without the muscle attempting to relax.
A cramp can easily relax and ease off but in a muscle spasm, that part of the body or muscles usually locks and is immobile.The most common place spasm occurs are usually the back and the neck. These regions are the most susceptible because they consist of muscles that are woven and packed tightly. In some cases a muscle spasm does indicate that you have and injury or a herniated nerve. Muscle spasms have a way of locking you down in an uncomfortable position with terrifying pain and discomfort. Here are some tips that can help you relieve muscle spasm:RestingResting will help take the stress off the already strained tissues especially if the spasm is located on your back. Gently sit down and let your knees touch your skin. Sit or squat in this position until there is no pain. This technique should help release the muscle fibers and help them relax.Use a little CryotherapyApplying a cold rub with ice or a cold towel can help relief the pain easily. If you can't reach the area, you can ask a friend to help you. What the ice or cold towel does is that they help open up the vessels (Vasodilation) but they do so by narrowing and open it wide. This helps nutrients and blood as well as factors that help release stress rush into the area, nourish it and ease or remove the pain. Make sure to spread the contact of the ice all over the area, that is, move the ice or wet cold towel through the area.