Back pain can be a very painful and scary experience for people when it occurs. Naturally you straight away think the worst outcome, as your spine is where most of your daily load is carried through, it is your body’s nerve pathway and this is where all your vertebrae discs are. The majority of back pain is due to muscle spasm in your back muscles.
So why does your muscle go into spasm?
A muscle spasm, the majority of the time comes from physical stress from repetitive movements such as sitting at a desk for long periods of time or constantly picking up your children. A muscle spasm can also happen when the muscles is over stretched in any given movement. When this happens the nerves sends singles to the brain of these stresses and it then triggers a response called self protection mechanism or protective muscle spasm reflex. This mechanism will make the muscle shorten and go into involuntary contraction aka SPASM. When the muscle going into spasm it constricts the blood vessels decreasing oxygen and nutrition flow into the muscle and causing a build up waste products in the area hence why sometimes the muscle is sore to touch.
With my experience when treating muscle spasm and back pain I always ask my patients two very simple but to the point questions:
Does your back pain ease when you’re moving about? 9 times out of 10 the answer from my patients is YES!
Does your back pain feel worse when getting up after sitting for a period of time? 9 times out of 10 the answer is also YES!
So what does this mean……………………… well this means the more you keep moving the faster the muscle in spasm will relax and the faster you will be on the road to recovery. The more you move, the more blood flow into the area, the more nutrients delivered to the muscle and the fast waste products will be removed from the muscle. Now this doesn’t mean go running a marathon before you can walk, stay within your limit. Yes this does sound completely mad as when this happens you feel like you can’t move at the time but its true!
Exercise has been accepted by the majority of clinics professionals and authorities as one of the best treatments modality of back pain and muscle spasms. Studies have shown that exercise done correctly and safely has shown great long term benefits to the treatment of back pain and muscle spasm.
BUT THE NUMBER ONE RULE IS LISTENING TO YOUR BODY AND DO ONLY WHAT YOU CAN TOLERATE! START BASIC AND AS YOU’RE CONFIDENCE AND ABILITY GROWS THEN GRADUALLY BUILD IT UP.
Over 50% of my patients at MSK Therapy suffer from muscle spasm resulting in mainly upper or lower back pain. The results we get from using specific treatment to target the muscle spasm are amazing. The main treatment we use to treat muscle spasm is called counter strain technique. This technique we use physical hands on treatment using passive movements against the muscle to reduce the muscle spasm.
Once we feel the muscle relax we then use the industry leading percussive therapy device the TheraGun G2PRO which will further release the muscles spasm, increase lymphatic flow and decrease waste products resulting in decreased pain and more mobility.
MSK Therapy have been providing Sports Massage Newcastle for over 7 years now and we specifically Specialise in Sports Massage.
For more information regarding TheraGun, please visit their website at www.theragun.co.uk.