… And the #1 Back Spasm Treatment
If your back muscles are swollen, inflamed or strained, a back spasm is more common, and any sudden movement can actually cause the muscles and tendons in your lower back to tear and spasm.
If you play sports like football, baseball, golf or basketball, the sudden, twisting movements make back spasms all the more common, as does the strain of weight lifting.
What are Back Spasms?
So what exactly are back spasms? It’s any type of involuntary, abnormal contraction of a muscle in your back, especially one that continues to spasm rather than relax quickly.
Typically the pain will get worse if you try to move, leading some people to say they “threw their back out,” when actually what they’re experiencing is a muscle spasm. Because the pain can be severe (especially if it occurs near your spinal cord or nerves), it may force you to stay lying down, often in a curled up position, until the pain lessens.
The pain may last for just a few seconds, minutes or much longer, and may re-occur if you go back to the activity that caused the stress or strain in the first place.
In fact, while bed rest is not normally the best course of action for back pain, for back spasm treatment resting may be just what the doctor ordered, as long as you don’t stay off your feet for more than a few days.
Spasms are especially common when your back muscles are tired, over-used, weak, damaged by injury, or held in one position for too long. For instance, if you’ve been slouched over your computer for hours, bent over raking leaves or shoveling snow, or engaging in any type of repetitive movement, a back spasm is more likely to occur. This is especially true if you’re engaging in strenuous activity and become dehydrated, as muscle spasms are often associated with dehydration and low levels of potassium and calcium in your blood.
The back problems listed below may make you especially prone to back spasms as well:[i]
What Can You do for Back Spasm Treatment?
When a back spasm occurs, try to stretch the muscle out to stop the spasm. Applying heat or cold (or alternating them) may also help to soothe the spasm as it’s occurring. You’ll want to elevate your legs (try lying down and putting pillows under your knees, or lying on the floor with your legs up on a chair) to take pressure off your back.
Anti-inflammatory medications are often the next recommended course of treatment, either over-the-counter like Tylenol, aspirin or ibuprofen, or stronger prescription varieties. But as you’re probably aware, these come with some serious consequences. Even aspirin, long revered as safe form of pain relief, is linked to serious gastrointestinal bleeding, kidney damage, stroke, hearing loss and more.
This is not to say that an anti-inflammatory isn’t an appropriate back spasm treatment. If your muscles are damaged or strained, which is almost always the case when a back spasm occurs, an anti-inflammatory can help to soothe the inflamed tissues and lessen pain.
But not all anti-inflammatories are “drugs.” In fact, some of the best ones come right from nature. We regularly receive reports of people tossing their prescription and over-the-counter painkillers in the trash once they try the natural formula known as Heal-n-Soothe®, which contains not one or two … but 12 powerful anti-inflammatory natural ingredients that stop pain fast. This includes:
- Proteolytic Enzymes
Research indicates these enzymes work throughout your entire body to help it fight inflammation… dissolve scar tissue… cleanse and thin the blood… plus even boost cardiovascular, respiratory and immune function.
This special natural compound, which is extracted from pineapple, contains several proteolytic enzymes that have been shown to short-circuit multiple pain pathways in the body.
- Turmeric Extract
Turmeric has the unique ability of using its antioxidant powers to seek out and destroy free radicals in the body, which contribute to pain and swelling. Turmeric has been found to be more safe and precise than aspirin in stopping inflammation by shutting down the COX2 enzyme responsible for pain.
Papain contains a wide range of proteolytic enzymes and works by breaking down proteins.
- Devil’s Claw
Numerous studies have proven its effectiveness in reducing pain and inflammation.
- Boswellia Extract
One of the most widely used herbs in Indian medicine, it has been used for centuries by traditional Indian healers to reduce pain and inflammation. Hundreds of studies have been done proving its effectiveness and in addition to being a powerful and safe, natural anti-inflammatory, Boswellia has also been shown to support healthy blood circulation.
- Vitamin E
This fat-soluble vitamin is an essential nutrient for humans and is known for its powerful antioxidant properties.
- Ginger Extract
Used for over 2,500 years in Asia, ginger has been used to treat nausea and to reduce pain and inflammation. It works by decreasing the amount of prostaglandins, which are what cause you to feel pain. In other words, it does what NSAIDs and prescription pain meds do, but in the way nature intended it to do so.
Found naturally in a variety of plants and fruits, this flavanoid has been shown to have a strong anti-inflammatory effect due to its powerful antioxidant activity.
- Mojave Yucca Root
The Mojave Yucca root has more benefits than you could shake a stick at, including reduction of muscle spams!
Glutathione is quite literally THE most important antioxidant in your body. The benefits of increased glutathione are virtually endless, since glutathione is the antioxidant that controls ALL other antioxidants in your body. It is the ONLY antioxidant in your body that has the ability to eliminate ALL free radicals, not just specific types!
- Citrus bioflavanoids
Citrus bioflavanoids aid in the absorption of vitamins and act as important antioxidants.
They also inhibit collagenase and elastase, the enzymes responsible for the breakdown of connective tissue. That way your joints and ligaments stay as healthy as when you were a teenager.
Each of these natural ingredients is powerful in its own right, but when they’re combined together in Heal-n-Soothe®, they work throughout your entire body to help it fight inflammation, and the result is nothing short of miraculous for back spasms and countless other types of pain.
Written By: Updated: September 25,2012