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A muscle spasm is a convulsive contraction in a muscle. It may be present as a sustained contraction (tonic) or as an alternating contraction and relaxation (clonic). A muscle spasm, known as reflex muscle guarding, occurs in response to a painful stimulus.

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Muscle Spasms

How to Treat Muscle Spasms

by Ian Brown

A muscle spasm is a convulsive contraction in a muscle. It may be present as a sustained contraction (tonic) or as an alternating contraction and relaxation (clonic). A muscle spasm, known as reflex muscle guarding, occurs in response to a painful stimulus. A spasm will deter the muscle against movement, reducing the likelihood of re-injury. Muscle guarding is not always localized. The guarding may come from a distant source as a referred pain. In most cases muscle guarding will cease when the painful stimulus is removed. Another form of a muscle spasm is what is known as an intrinsic muscle spasm. This is caused from circulatory changes or nutritional deficiency. Alterations in calcium blood levels can also lead to muscle spasms. When severe enough, a muscle spasm can lead into a cramp. A cramp is a sustained, or clonic, prolonged spasm.

With respect to injuries, a muscle spasm will occur due to improper warm-up and cool-down practices, lack of stretching, reduced fluid intake, or an underlying problem such as dysfunction in a nearby joint. There are different views on how to treat an acute injury. When stretching an acute injury it is possible to cause the nervous system to react to pain felt in the muscle, which in turn may cause a greater spasm to occur or possibly a cramp. It is also possible to tear fibers in the muscle by stretching the muscle too far when trying to overcome the spasm. With the experience I have had, I will take the muscle into a light stretch until the muscle relaxes itself and the spasm diminishes or releases. After it releases, gentle massage and ice should be initiated. This will soothe the area and calm down the nervous system.

Icing should be done in intervals of 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off repeated three times. Light stretching (no pain felt) and gentle massage can be continued throughout the day. In the second day, if the spasming has stopped, then moist heat m...

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