Back spasms are amongst the most common everyday ailments in the Western world and can range from slight sprains to serious spinal and muscular problems. One of the most important factors to keep in mind is the nature of the injury which, in turn, requires an understanding of back spasm areas.
Here, are just four reasons why narrowing down and identifying your back spasm area can be so important, as well as a few ways to treat that pain.
1. HIGH VS. LOW: This is one of the first questions which must be answered en route to a successful treatment. There are many contingent aspects which go into defining and then treating back pain, this is part of the reason why you’ll see different rehab times for different players when they suffer back spasms. This is a relatively common injury for professional athletes, and it’s especially prevalent in sports such as football, where there’s a lot of contact involved, or baseball, where the players play nearly every day. Spasms near your neck or shoulder region should be treated differently than spams in your lower back.
2. HOT VS. COLD: Once you’ve identified the region and—if your spasms are serious enough—contacted your doctor—your next step is to determine which kind of treatment you should apply to the area. After the injury, for the first 48 hours or so, when it comes to muscle-related injuries, you’ll want to apply a cold compress or ice-filled bag to the area and rest. After about 72 hours, or when you feel the cold compress has had its effect, you’ll then want to switch to a hot compress.
3. STRETCHING: When it comes to stretching the back spasms area in question, you’ll again want to take care, ensure not too over-exert yourself, particularly at the start. Ideally, you should stretch the area just enough to make it feel a bit “warm”—that is, to loosen the muscle and ensure that it’s still functional. In addition, if your injury is severe enough, strength conditioning exercises can be an important step. If your back spasms are in upper region of your back, you’ll want to primarily look towards neck and shoulder exercises to help; if it’s the lower region, stretches which work out the lower back and pelvic regions should be more applicable.
Tools like self massagers can also be effective.
4. LIFT FROM THE KNEES: An old piece of advice, but one worth repeating—when lifting something, especially something heavy, lift from your knees. This can help avoid back spasms altogether. Likewise, when determining the back spasms area that you need to stretch out, if it’s the lower region which is causing you trouble, knee and leg-related stretches which loosen the region can help.