In the course of our lives, we conveniently forget little things like exercise and thus end up making our bodies bear the brunt of our sheer recklessness. A back spasm is one such avoidable condition that we tend to ignore when we engage in extra strenuous activities and stress our body and our minds too much. This HolisticZine article has some home remedies that you can use in case you happen to fall victim to a back spasm. They're easy to understand and mostly very common sense remedies. So you won't have any trouble with them.
Home Relief for Back Spasms
Experiencing back spasms can be an excruciating ordeal. For those five to six seconds, you're in such agony that you can't think straight. The causes of back spasms can be varied. It could be because of excess strain on the back muscles. Or you could have lifted a heavy object that you shouldn't have. Generally back spasms, though painful, heal themselves in a day or two. To make the process a little easier, you can try out the home remedies for muscle spasms in the back, given below. They're very simple and easy to follow. If the pain is unbearable and you are not able to make even slight movements (especially in case of a fall), then stay in the same position, and have someone call a physician immediately.
As usual, the first step towards recovering from any kind of muscle spasm is to take adequate rest. The same goes with back spasms as well. As soon as you experience that agonizing pull in your back, the first thing you should do is immediately find a spot to rest. Lay down on your back and don't move. When you feel the initial shock wearing off, you can indulge in slight movements, but nothing that will stress your back muscles more. Take enough rest, don't lift heavy objects, and follow the other home remedies for back spasms mentioned below.
Cold treatment can work to quite an extent to help soothe the pain that a back spasm causes. The cold treatment has a two pronged approach. First, indulge in a cold shower with the water falling straight on the part of your back which has experienced the spasm. You'll feel some relief when you're done with the shower. After a while, if you don't feel better and the pain continues, you can gently pat the affected area with an ice pack.
Most often, even though a back spasm could take more than a couple of days to heal completely, you cannot simply sit at home doing nothing. So, you can take small but important steps to make sure that you get some relief from the pain and also to ensure that the condition does not recur. Getting your posture right is the first thing on this list. Always have a good back support when you sit. Sit straight and without a stoop. When you sleep, make sure that the mattress is not too soft or hard. It should be just right for your back. The mattress could be a cause for your back spasm. So try sleeping on another surface for a few nights and see if that makes a difference. If it does, then you know that a change of mattress is in store.
In addition to the remedies mentioned above, you can also do some very simple and gentle exercises that will help soothe the back and relax the muscles. Simple stretching exercises are the most effective in case of back spasms. Just lie on the ground, keep your hands to your side and tighten your stomach muscles while trying to make the small of your back reach the ground. Stay in this position for 10 seconds, relax for a few seconds and then repeat. You can also lie on your stomach and try to join your hands (like you would do in prayer) behind your back. Leg lifts are also a good way to strengthen your back.
Home remedies for back spasms also include drinking a lot of water and consuming a healthy diet to ensure that the body functions smoothly and can prevent the occurrence of muscles pulls, cramps and spasms. So, follow a healthy diet, a good exercise regime and you'll rarely experience a spasm.