Have you ever felt a painful tightness in your neck, while sitting at your computer or in your leg after a little too much cleaning or exercising? Perhaps you have experienced muscle spasms in your back when getting out of bed or up from the couch? These situations may occur when a muscle become rigid, contracts and then goes into a spasm. Muscle spasms are usually sudden and painful, lasting up to ten minutes. Pain may range from mild to severe. Additional muscle spasm symptoms include muscle weakness and/or loss of function and difficulty turning, bending or moving (neck, back and/or shoulders).
Muscle spasm symptoms may result from structural, muscular, chemical and emotional stress. These factors or causes include:
Prolonged or Strenuous Exercise
Poor Posture while sleeping, resting or working
Sleeping on an old mattress
The Birthing Process
Pollution, Pesticides, Toxins
Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking
Nutritional Deficiencies, Dehydration
Cold Weather (draft on the neck)
Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Anger
It is vital to identify what causes muscle spasms, in order to create a muscle spasm treatment program. This includes a complete health history, discussion of symptoms, x-rays (if needed) and a structural and muscular examination. A program of chiropractic care, massage therapy and/or nutritional counseling is designed to reduce pain, relax muscle spasms, strengthen weakened muscles and restore balance. Muscle spasm treatment options may include:
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression
Trigger Point Therapy
Hot and Cold Therapies
Ionic Foot Bath Detoxification
Rehabilitation Exercises and Stretching
At Kessel Wellness Center, Lou Kessel, DC, CCSP and his Healthcare Team utilize chiropractic adjustments to correct spinal misalignments - vertebral subluxations. This helps to remove stress from the spine and related nerves and tissues. The spine is adjusted… the head becomes better balanced… hips and shoulders become more level… and stress is reduced or removed from muscles and joints. The result is muscle spasm reduction or elimination. Additional benefits include an increase of energy and range of motion.
The key to good health is education and prevention. Below are some helpful tips to prevent muscle spasms:
Reduce or eliminate interference between the brain and muscles via chiropractic care. If a spinal misalignment is not corrected, then nerve tissue can become compressed or stretched, thus reducing the ability for the brain to “communicate” information to muscles and organs of the body.
Stretch, stretch, stretch! This helps to keep muscles loose and flexible.
Attain and maintain good posture.
Drink enough water to remain hydrated - reducing cramps during exercise and vigorous activities.
Relaxation exercises help emotional stress.
When the weather is cold, please dress appropriately. Take a hot bath or shower to keep muscles warm.
It is vital to listen to your body. Pace your activities and rest during the day, if necessary. If you experience pain, please stop and seek medical care.
“As a model, I travel around the world. I often fly on a weekly basis. Due to my lifestyle, along with the added physical stress of wearing high heels, I started to develop severe headaches, low back pain and muscle spasms. My stress level was high and I was even having difficulty sleeping. Thanks to Dr. Kessel and Kessel Wellness Center, my life changed! The chiropractic care and adjustments that I received, corrected the physical and muscular stress placed on my body. Now, my headaches are just about gone. If I ever do experience a headache, I come in, get adjusted and walk out headache-free! My pain is gone, my posture is greatly improved, I sleep better and have reduced my stress.” - P. B.
“In February, I came to Kessel Wellness Center, suffering with pain. I had pain in my face, shoulders and neck. The muscles in my neck and down my back were so tight – they felt like they were actually pinching me. In fact, if I had to turn my neck, I had to turn my whole body, because my pain was so great. In two short weeks, I feel so much better… it’s amazing! Now, I can turn my neck and my muscles are not so tight! The pain in my face, shoulders and neck are gone! Besides eliminating my pain, I’ve lost weight. My skirts are so big… they almost fall down! Thank you Dr. Kessel!” - N.C.
“I was astonished at the relief I felt after my first adjustment. I didn't know that it was possible to feel relief from pain without filling one prescription! Needless to say, after my first few weeks, I felt wonderful and continue to feel better with each visit. The results I've had are astounding. My neck and back pain are just about gone. I have little or no bronchitis, hay fever, asthma, cramps or tingling!” - L.H.
“I want to thank Kessel Wellness Center for everything they have done for me. It has been many years of suffering for me and I never have found a doctor, like Dr. Kessel that took such good care of me. I'm really feeling much better every time I come in for my treatment. I thank God, because I have found the right person that listens to me and understands everything I say about my pain. You really are the only one! - J.A.
“When I first came to Kessel Wellness Center, I was in a great deal of pain. I could not sleep a full night without waking up periodically in pain. Now, after only 4 visits, I can sleep a whole night comfortably and have stopped taking painkillers!” - G.C.