Treating Muscle Spasms in Fibromyalgia

By Carri Drzyzga

Fibromyalgia

All of us suffer from muscle spasms and twitches from time to time, but those with fibromyalgia often complain of this annoying occurrence as an ongoing condition. The spasms can apparently come and go at any time and occur in any muscle, but most frequently they are in the back and legs. People suffering with this condition are on the lookout constantly for treatments that work.

It is believed that a muscle spasm is usually caused by one of three things: a lack of oxygen to the affected muscle which is most likely caused by restricted blood flow to that area; a lack of oxygen due to overwork of that particular muscle; and, thirdly, that the spasm is simply a reflex reaction. No one really knows for certain what causes a spasm at any given time.

Another theory suggests that muscle spasms can be due to certain vitamin or mineral deficiencies, and spinal/joint misalignments. While these are all theories, it is always best to discuss the condition with your doctor and follow any medical advice you are given.

More than anything, muscle spasms are annoying for fibromyalgia sufferers who are already dealing with a multitude of ongoing symptoms every day. The spasms themselves can further aggravate a person who already deals with headaches, muscle pain and interrupted sleep on a regular basis. There are a few simple things you can do yourself to help reduce the incidents of their occurrence.

If the cause of the spasms is due to poor circulation, one thing you can do that may help is apply heat to the affected area. This will increase the flow of oxygen to the area while keeping the muscle warm.

A therapist may recommend certain stretching exercises to keep the muscles limber to help prevent them from cramping up. Always be sure these exercises are performed correctly or they can do more harm than good.

Regular massage can also help reduce the frequency of spasms and cramps. With much of the similar benefits of heat compression, massage can also help to improve circulation and increase blood flow to the muscles. Visiting a massage therapist on a regular basis is a great idea for fibromyalgia sufferers who experience more than normal aches and pains.

Some people affected with this type of chronic pain also experience some relief from trying chiropractic or acupuncture. Health care practitioners, total wellness practitioners and naturopathic doctors can advise you on the advantages and disadvantages of these treatments.

One last treatment that you can use at home to help with muscle spasms and aches when they occur is topical creams, similar to those used by arthritis and rheumatism sufferers. The anti inflammatory properties help relieve symptoms as they are happening.

Regardless of which way you choose to treat your muscle spasms at home, always be sure to consult a professional or Ottawa wellness specialist for the best advice.

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