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Muscle Spasm

What is muscle spasm?

A spasm is a sudden involuntary contraction or fasciculation of a muscle or maybe consider as muscle cramp. It is an uncontrolled fine movement of a small segment of a larger muscle that can be seen under the skin. Most common seen in thigh, calves (charley horses), foot arches.

How muscle spasms feel?

A spasm may be a Mild twitch in the muscle or may feel tight or hard, like a knot to severe pain. After the contraction stops, the muscle can feel sore and tender. Sometimes severe spasms can be incapacitating.

Who gets muscle spasms?

Muscle spasms can occur at any time to anyone. Whether you are old, young, sedentary or active, you may develop a muscle spasm. It can happen in any activity like when you walk, sit, perform any exercise, or even sleep.

What causes muscle spasms?

A. Insufficient stretching before physical activity.

B. Repetitive strain injuries.

C. Protective mechanism (broken bones)

D. Muscle fatigue.

E. Dehydration.

F. Electrolyte imbalances in potassium, magnesium and calcium.

How can Physiotherapy help?

Physiotherapy can help with muscle spasms through different methods of treatments. These can be aimed at treating the symptoms and the cause (if there is an underlying injury). Physiotherapy treatment can help decrease the tension in the muscle and provide pain relieving strategies.

Physiotherapy Treatment for muscle spasm:-

A. Massage

B. Gentle stretches

C. Pain Management (e.g. IFT, TENS……)

D. Heat or Ice therapy

E. Strengthening exercises

What is an electrical Muscle stimulation (e-stim) Dose?

E-stim treatment will take from ten to twenty minutes, which depends on types of muscle stimulation and condition or problem of patient which will be decided by Physiotherapist.

Is Electrical muscle stimulation (e- stim) safe?

Yes, it is completely safe.

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