Muscle spasms are involuntary, spontaneous contractions of a muscle.Although “back attacks” seem to occur out of the blue, the movement that triggers the incident is generally preceded by a series of small strains to the structures of the spine that develops slowly, over time. Once injured,inflammation sets in. This, in turn, sensitizes the nerves, causing the muscle/s to contract and spasm.
Muscles can become too tight due to lack of exercise, too much exercise,structural imbalances, dehydration and electrolyte loss, or any combination thereof. In contrast, some muscle groups are too weak. When muscular imbalances become chronic aberrant forces are transmitted to the spine. Consequently, one movement outside of the norm can trigger an injury to a spinal joint, ligament,or disc resulting in spasm and back pain. Because these structures are already“primed,” the event that triggers the spasm is nothing more than the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back.
Muscle spasm in the low back is exceedingly painful and often debilitating over the short-term.Joint manipulation is the most common treatment that chiropractors use.Most often they manipulate your spine, but they can also manipulate joints in other areas. Manipulation allows your spine and joints to restore normal motion, which in turn leads to reduced pain and a decrease in muscle spasms.
If you have a headache, you’re not alone. Nine out of 10 Americans suffer from headaches. Some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea. What do you do when you suffer from a pounding headache? Do you grit your teeth and carry on? Lie down?Pop a pill and hope the pain goes away? There is a better alternative.
Research shows that spinal manipulation – one of the primary treatments provided by doctors of chiropractic – Is an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck. The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) found that interventions commonly used in chiropractic care improved outcomes for the treatment of acute and chronic neck pain and increased benefit was shown in several instances where a multimodal approach to neck pain had been used.