What Causes Muscle Spasms?

What Causes Muscle
            There are several main causes of
muscle spasm that we check for at Natural Health. And of course were talking
about any type of muscle spasm, Charlie horse, shin splint, or just plain old
muscle cramp. There are many causes of these overactive muscles and some of
them are there for a specific purpose.
            Let’s start with muscle spasms due
to nerve pinching from a subluxated spinal segment. On the surface it may seem
like this is an aberrant phenomenon but is actually there to help stabilize the
spinal area so that the nerve is not further damaged. These are normally in the
spinal areas but could be affecting any of the muscles in the extremities as
well. For instance a rotator cuff irritation may be coming from a spinal nerve
irritation in the mid-part of the back which controls the muscles of the
scapula which make up the rotator cuff. It’s important to remove this nerve
interference so not only the muscle works correctly but the organs that are
innovated from these nerve areas can work correctly as well.
            The other real category of muscle
spasms are called cramps and this would include shin splints and Charlie
horses. There are 4 main reasons for these muscle problems. The 1st
one is a lack of circulation or the area just being cold. An example is someone
getting a cramp at night when you’re leg got cold as it was not covered up by a
blanket. We normally use a vitamin E supplement to help the circulation here.
The next cause is a lack of calcium, whether from a lack of mineral in the diet
or from the body’s inability to digest and absorb the needed calcium. The next
cause would be a lack of magnesium from again the lack of the mineral in the
diet or the body’s inability to digest and absorb the needed magnesium. Another
very common cause of shin splints, especially in the hot weather months, is a
lack of salt and/or electrolytes available to the body. This happens to runners
and football players and other sports players who drink only water and don’t
get enough electrolytes to keep the muscles working correctly. This may also
affect the heart muscle and lead to overheating and dehydration. We’ve heard
for too long to stay away from salt because of high blood pressure issues but
there is a moderate amount that everyone needs, especially of the right kind of
salt, mainly sea salt or mineral salt.