Muscle spasms are characterized by the sudden, involuntary contraction and release of a group of muscles. You may feel your calf muscles twitching when running or jogging, forcing you to take a break, or muscle spasms can occur when you’re laying in bed at night trying to fall asleep. The good news is that it typically doesn’t cause any need for immediate medical condition, as the condition usually subsides on its own. The bad news, however, is that muscle spasms are extremely uncomfortable and can impact a person’s quality of life.
Doctors have identified several risk factors associated with muscle spasms, one of which is dehydration. People who go through the day in a state of dehydration are more likely to experience a muscle spasm. Try to get into the habit of drinking at least eight, 8-ounce glasses of water a day to maintain proper hydration and to reduce your risk of muscle spasms. Drinking water alone isn’t going to completely protect you from this condition, but it’s one more step to help discourage muscle spasms.
Lack of electrolytes may also increase a person’s risk of developing a muscle spasms. Electrolytes are electrically charged ions (sodium, potassium, chloride, bicarbonate, etc.) that are commonly found in sports drinks. Rather than drinking pure H2O all the time, try to incorporate some sports drinks into your diet to help replenish your body’s electrolytes.
Certain medical conditions, such as dystonias, may also increase a person’s risk of developing muscle spasms. Dystonias is a neurological disorder that causes involuntary twitching and repetitive movements. People suffering from this condition are more likely to experience muscle spasms due to the body’s involuntary movements. Doctors have yet to identify a root cause for dystonias, but the condition has been linked to physical trauma, infection and reaction to pharmaceutical drugs.
Along with proper hydration, you can also reduce your risk of developing muscle spasms by performing a light stretching routine before you exercise. Far too many people jump right into their workout routine without taking the time to stretch. This exposes the muscles to high level of stress and exertion, which may promote a spasms. It only takes 5 minutes or so to perform a light stretching routine, but doing so could eliminate the possibility of an exercise-induced muscle spasm.
Most cases of muscle spasms are minor and will go away without the need for medical treatment. If you suffer from frequent and/or severe muscle spasms, however, you may want to look into the different treatment options available. A professional chiropractor can often alleviate some of the discomfort associated with this condition through a series of manual adjustments, joint manipulations, muscle stretching and therapeutic massages.
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