Muscle Spasms

Muscle spasms, also called muscle cramps are an involuntary contraction of muscles. Muscles spasms are very common. Often due to overuse, muscular fatigue, dehydration, and electrolyte abnormalities. The spasm occurs abruptly, it can be excruciating, and usually dissipates quickly. Stretching and massaging of the muscles can relieve the spasm. Often muscle spasm pains come and go, but it can be very spontaneous and very painful. 

Muscle spasms occur when a skeletal muscles contract and do not relax. A sustained muscle spasm is called a muscle cramp. Leg muscles, quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves, are most likely to cramp up, but Any skeletal muscle in the body can go into spasm. A “charley horse” is another way people call muscle spasms. 

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Muscle spasms can range from being mild to debilitating. A cramped muscle can be visibly distorted and look knotted. There might be some twitching going on. The area of a muscle cramp may be tight, tensed.

Medications for high blood pressure, insulin, birth control pills, cholesterol-lowering medications, and other medications may cause muscle spasms. Medications can cause cramps through different mechanisms. They may interfere with electrolyte levels, contribute to the breakdown of muscle tissue, and interfere with blood flow. You must report medication-related muscle cramps to your doctor.

Muscle cramps also happen at night. Especially in the calves, are very common and affect up to 60% of adults. Women are more likely to suffer from nocturnal leg cramps than men. Management of nocturnal leg muscle spasms should include breathing exercises, stretching, massage, and treatment of any underlying disorders that contribute to the condition.

Clinical massage therapy is an effective treatment for chronic muscle spasms. Therapeutic sports massage, relaxation, and deep tissues techniques are great massage modalities that focus on treating chronic tension, spasmodic conditions, soft tissue injuries, aches, and pain associated with muscle spasms. Sports massage, combined with deep tissue, can help to reduce muscle stiffness, cramps, and tension. It’ll help to improve range of motion and relaxation by lowering your heart rate, blood pressure, and helping you relax. 

So, please give me a call or email me about your conditions, and let’s see if I can be of any assistance to you. Usually, for the first treatment, people come in for a sixty-minute treatment to try and see if it would work for them. And typically, they feel little better right after the first visit. They leave the office with little less pain and a bit bigger smile. For years patient’s feedback has been that after a clinical session with me, they feel ok for a day or two.

Based on your condition and my findings from the first visit, I’ll make a recommendation for a treatment plan. I will also make suggestions about what else could be done to improve your situation. So, please give me a call at 732-766-0897 or email me at so we can talk about your condition and hopefully help you feel better. 

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