Muscle Pains and Spasms

What are Muscle Pains and Spasms?
When a person’s muscle contracts, but fails to extend back into its original position, the person experiences a muscle spasm. Spasms are common in adults and they often happen to the larger muscles of the legs, abdomen, and back. They typically occur at night, or when a muscle isn’t warmed up and is required to perform a sudden and heavy workload. Muscle spasms are the result of a depletion or imbalance of electrolytes in the tissue, lactic acid or toxin buildup, viral infection, or muscle tears from injuries. While muscle spasms will often go away without treatment, there are approaches that bring relief, such as massage, ice and heat therapy, exercise, and various anti-inflammation drugs.

How can I treat Muscle Pains and Spasms?
Traditional Chinese medicine considers muscle spasms and pains to be the result of stagnant liver energy and works to restore energy flow through the removal of toxins. Muscle healing can be helped by eating green leafy vegetables such as spinach and Swiss chard, fruits with anti-inflammatory nutrients like cherries and pineapple, and herbs and spices that activate blood flow such as cinnamon and turmeric. Other remedies include applying an icepack to the afflicted area two to three times a day in the first 24 to 48 hours and taking a hot Epsom salt bath daily until the pain subsides. Physical activity that benefits muscle spasms should focus on stretching and building flexibility.

What should I avoid in my lifestyle for Muscle Pains and Spasms?
It is important to avoid substances and activities that create strong emotions like anger and anxiety, including sugar, caffeine, alcohol, smoking, certain medications for weight loss such as monoxidil, overexertion in exercise, and stress.

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