By: Dr. St Jean
Back spasms are much more common than you would think. When they happen, it can be scary, because the pain can be quite substantial. Several times each week new patients ask about why they get spasms and I figured, this would be a great video topic.
Are Back Spasms Normal?
Absolutely not. Think about it, back spasms are very common, but that does not mean they are normal. There is a big difference between common and normal. Back spasms are your body’s way of trying to tell you something in the area of the spasm is wrong. If you are ready to take action to identify and eliminate the underlying root cause of your pain, schedule a free consult with me by clicking here.
One of two things is usually happening. You are either performing some kind of activity or movement which your body is not handling well due to potential muscular or postural imbalances. Or, there is something a bit more serious going on within your spine.
Your brain controls your muscles, and your muscles control your joints. Therefore, when your brain is telling your muscles to spasm – usually there is instability in the affected area; its a protective mechanism. Regardless, you’ll want to schedule an appointment with your doctor, to figure out what is causing your back spasm.
Figure out the Root Cause of Your Spasm
Of course you can relax, rest, use some heat or cold packs, maybe take some over-the-counter medications. This is definitely a viable option. However, I would caution you not to choose this route. It’s much safer to have a doctor evaluate your spasm and make sure nothing more serious is going on.
Yes, 9/10 its nothing major, but better to be safe than sorry.
Plus, all the patients I see who wait, tend to require a bit more treatment than those who come in right away.
There are several potential causes of back spasms, however 3 major ones come to mind:
(1) Your back is spasming in an attempt to protect itself from a muscular strain
(2) The spasm is occurring as a result from an active strain
(3) Your spasm is taking place due to a more serious underlying spinal pathology, such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, arthritis, etc.
Either way, what should you do? Should you wait and see what happens? Obviously that is not a good idea! Go see your doctor! Remember, and I can’t stress this enough, I say this to protect you. If you wait, there is a good chance treatment will be more difficult – in terms of duration and frequency. It will require more to get you better than if you just came in right off the bat in the first place.
Advice for Back Spasm
First things first, identify the root cause of your spasm. What is causing your back to spasm? Once we know this, specific treatment can be rendered to alleviate the spasm and pain.
The way I go about treating back spasms is a combination of soft tissue to inhibit the affected area, brain-based therapy to help turn the spasm off in the long run and therapeutic exercise to activate the area. You’ll need to stabilize and strengthen the area for long term results.
Be sure to look at my low back pain video section in the video and article blogs. There is a ton of great information on exercises, stretches, release techniques and much more. Best of all you can implement this advice in the comfort of your own home.
BUT….remember what I’m going to say. If you have a back spasm and pain, go see your doctor – Chiropractor, PT, MD, DO, etc. I can’t tell you that enough. Hopefully now you have a better understanding of why your back may be spasming! If you are ready to take action to identify and eliminate the underlying root cause of your pain, schedule a free consult with me by clicking here.