What’s Causing Your Back Spasms?

What’s Causing Your Back Spasms?

Back spasms are very painful and can occur at random, causing disruptions to your daily life. Any activity that puts an excessive strain on the back is liable to result in back spasms, greatly limiting what you’re able to do on a day-to-day basis. You shouldn’t ignore this problem: it won’t just go away on its own and could lead to larger problems down the line.

Finding out where back spasms originate is key to treating the problem. The experienced staff at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA is determined to help you find the root of your particular issue and, if possible, help you address spasms that may be ailing you.

What are back spasms?

Back spasms are characterized by shooting pain that often extends beyond the back. They’re also associated with tightness and numbness. When muscles suddenly contract (as they do during spasms), blood can’t flow through them, leading to intense pain. Potential causes of this condition include:

  • Weak abdominal muscles not providing adequate support;
  • Ruptured discs in the spine;
  • Bad posture;
  • Prolonged sitting;
  • Arthritis in the lower back;
  • Lifting a heavy object;
  • Aggravating a sports-related injury.

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Any time there is sudden, unnatural movement of the spine or muscles deteriorate, you’re at risk for muscle spasms. Inflammation in the ligaments, muscles, and tendons surrounding the joints needs to be reversed.

How chiropractic addresses muscle spasms

A chiropractor adhering to the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) program can use diagnostic imaging to pinpoint the origin of your back spasms. Locating the cause can help determine which treatment program is right for you. Along with a complete examination and review of your medical history, an expert chiropractor will discuss potential treatment options.

Many patients turn to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, or to injections. These treatments will temporarily ease the pain and can be used in moderation. However, long-term use can lead to addiction and higher risk for dangerous side effects. It’s important to look at back spasms long-term, since they will continue to occur until their catalyst is identified and resolved.

Chiropractic is a treatment that considers all of the body’s mechanics – how muscles, ligaments, and joints work together to support your body. This holistic treatment approach often includes spinal adjustments, which correct misalignments in the vertebrae that may be causing your back spasms. Additionally, chiropractors will often help design an exercise program to help you lose weight and strengthen muscles, along with recommending natural therapies such as deep-tissue massage. Attacking spasms on all fronts can help to both alleviate their chief cause and prevent them from occurring in the future.

Since 2007, Stability Health Center has been helping Seattle, WA patients heal from a variety of injuries and conditions. We use Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), a proven scientific program that focuses on proper diagnosis and formulated treatment. It’s our mission to help provide you with answers about your back spasms and help you to our fullest capacity in addressing them. Contact us to set up a free consultation today.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.