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What Are Muscle Spasms?

Category: Health

If you have ever visited one of Happy Head Massages four locations, chances are you have read that a deep tissue massage is a good choice if you have muscle spasms. You may be wondering if this is the right massage for you, and that requires knowledge of what muscle spasms are.

Muscle spasms are sudden, quick, and often painful contractions of your muscles. The most common muscle type affected by muscle spasms are the skeletal muscles, which are anchored to the bone either directly, or by a tendon. Normal contractions of these types of muscles allow for you to move your arms to lift things, or allow your legs to run, and even work when you smile. These muscles need the proper amounts of proteins, fluids and oxygen to work properly, so when they don’t get the necessary nutrients, they become hyperexcitable and contract. This quick, involuntary contraction is a muscle spasm.

Muscle spasms can happen due to overuse and dehydration. They can also occur if a muscle has been held in the same position for too long. These usually cause the larger muscles, such as the quadriceps, calf muscles, or shoulders, to contract. Another cause is stress and anxiety, which tends to make the smaller muscles, like the facial muscles, twitch.

A great way to help relieve muscle spasms is getting a deep tissue massage. This will help increase the flow of blood, oxygen, and other essential nutrients to the muscles. Stretching the affected muscle as the spasm is happening is another way to help relieve the pain and tension.

Preventing muscle spasms is easier than it may seem. Proper sleep and hydration is a big part of reducing stress levels and allows time for muscles to heal, especially after working them out. Take time to relax and breathe. It is important to stretch prior to, and after, physical activity to allow muscles to get their nutrients and start the healing process.

Muscle spasms are something most people have experienced, and it is not a comfortable experience. When you have a better understanding of what they are and why they happen, it’s much easier to prevent them in the future.

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