How to treat a spasm

Spasms can be very uncomfortable especially because they come when least expected and tend to last for days together. A spasm is not restricted to any one area of the body. You could get a spasm in your legs, fingers, neck or back. When gripped with a spasm life can become miserable. Here a few tips to treat a spasm and make the recovery easy and fast.

Most spasms take place when you have exerted your muscles during a workout or some other physical activity. Once you are in the grips of a spasm, compress the area with a bandage (an elastic one would be better) to prevent internal bleeding. Do remember though to not tie it too tightly as this could have an adverse effect and restrict the flow of blood to the area. Let the affected muscle rest for a while. Don’t start moving about briskly once there is mild relief as this could trigger off another spasm.  Straighten your leg and bend your toes towards the head, holding it in this position for 25 to 30 seconds. Rest and repeat this exercise. You will get some relief. If 48 hours have passed and the spasm is still troubling you then, massage the affected area a bit. Do remember to not overdo the massaging bit as it could hurt and indirectly cause another spasm. If it is a back spasm then, put your legs on a pillow or stool to reduce strain to the back. Sometimes, anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen or naproxen could help.

Sometimes, a spasm could be due to a calcium deficiency so, if you are not having cheese or yoghurt in your diet include it. Lack of potassium also tends to cause muscle spasms so eat lots of bran wheat, potatoes, soya and bananas. Lessening vinegar and tomatoes helps too as their acidic content tends to prevent the body from absorbing calcium.

While you can always recover from a spasm, do take note that it could also occur due to some injury or neurological illness. Tend to it.

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