why do keep getting back spasms?

Why Do I Keep Getting Back Spasms?

Warning Signs, Pain, Sources

By Sherwin Nicholson | SN Health Resources

The first warning sign is misinterpreting the warning sign.

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Even though everyone suffers from an intense back spasm at one point or another, most regard their experience as temporary.

We wait for the spasm to subside, sometimes with the aid of medication and then identify the experience as isolated.  We also relate the spasm to the particular activity we were performing at the time as the cause.

In the vast majority of cases, the cause is not the activity involved, but a chronic problem where the body is failing to meet the demands of the activity.

Aside from serious issues such as disc, nervous, or disease conditions, most spasms are related to muscle conditioning.  With proper hydration, nutrition, and a reasonable level of activity which does not overextend core muscle groups, you can then begin to address critical deficiencies that lead to recurring back spasm.

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Warning Signs In Depth

Before a spasm, we are not consciously thinking about what particular movement we are in the midst of performing.  We carry out hundreds of small movements during any given time of the day without paying any attention to our posture, balance, or the strain on our spine, muscles, and joints.

At the height of a spasm, your back, which previously gave little warning of failure will suddenly engage in a very painful method of protecting itself from injury.  The pain that you feel from a back spasm is not simply an indication of an injury sustained due to the movement you were performing at the time.

It is a warning sign of a deeper and more pervasive problem with your back that is worsened during the movement.

Not realizing this, many people may miss the actual issue with their back, as they resolve to avoid that particular movement going forward, thinking this alone will eliminate future spasms.

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Pain Can Deter Us From Correcting Our Spasms

Usually, painful experiences from very traumatic events are remembered for a very long time.  What we struggle to remember about these events are the details of the circumstances surrounding it, such as what we did to trigger the problem.

In the case of a back spasm, we will remember how we felt, perhaps where it occurred, when it happened, what were doing, but we tend not to remember why it started in the first place.

This is sometimes difficult to do since we are not naturally inclined to analyze every single detail of our actions, let alone physical movements at any given time.

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Learning the Reasons to Avoid the Consequences

The injury is usually due to poor overall conditioning resulting in a lack of protection of our lumbar spine.  That area of the lumbar spine sends feedback to the muscles to protect it, by any means necessary. When the muscle surrounding the at-risk area is signaled to contract, it will contract as a full spasm.

5 Sources of Pain

  • First, pain is experienced in the muscle that was not sufficiently protecting the area of concern well.  That muscle becomes a source of pain from strain and overall wear.

  • The second source of pain is the muscle recruited to spasm to compensate for the failure of the first muscle. The constant firing from the nerves to contract this muscle well beyond its capacity is another source of pain.

  • The third source of pain is any injury to the area in question which was present even before the spasm.  This area would have been aggravated and injured for an extended period before the spasm even occurred.

  • Fourth, is the increased pain from the area of concern as the muscles that are in spasm will contract, thereby increasing the pressure on the muscles in that area to maintain stability and restrict movement as much as possible.

  • The fifth source is any other area(s) of the back which is now affected by new muscle imbalances that developed during the back spasm in the body’s attempt to recruit better support during the spasm

Finding an Effective Plan

An effective plan to stop your injury should start with some very effective and simple exercises.

These different sources and reasons of pain from a back spasm can make treatment very difficult.   Each area needs to be looked at to resolve repeated back spasms.   Without a proper plan of conditioning, you might accept this problem.  The risks of doing so may lead to another injury that is harder to manage.

Rest and Pain Medication is Not Enough

Long-term relief from recurring spasms requires more than rest and anti-inflammatory medication.   It requires careful attention to your activities and movements which may be triggering your spasm. 

 It is important to seek proper medical advice about recurring back spasms.   If your medical doctor recommends a treatment plan that involves exercises and stretching, it is strongly advised that you follow it carefully. 

A Common Mistake with Recommendations

In most cases, your family doctor or health professional will provide you a list of recommended exercises and stretches to help you with your pain.  However, we tend not to follow them because we are left on our own to practice them.  We tend to try a few, favor some and ignore most of them over time.  Our pain then returns.  This time we believe that these recommendations were insufficient. 

What You Should Do

To avoid this mistake,  you should follow a plan that guides you initially from a state of chronic pain and gradually progresses you out of it.  This plan should then recondition you so as to help prevent your pain from returning.  This site is dedicated to providing its readers a full awareness of what they should both understand and do concerning lower back pain.

Please search this site for further help.  If you find the information helpful, you will also find our guide offered a valuable resource in your need to address lower back pain.

On day one of your plan, I did the first half of stage 1 and my lumbar spine became unlocked for the first time I can remember. For a few hours, I knew what it was like to be pain free. “


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