Chiropractic Treatment for Cramps

A cramp, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica, is a “painful, involuntary, and sustained contraction of muscle[s].” However, cramps can also occur in the organs, such as the uterus, stomach or bowels. Chiropractic treatment for cramps can help many of these problems. Here's what you need to know about cramps, courtesy of Dr. Shane Silver and the team at Silver Chiropractic and Wellness.

Cramps in the Extremities

Overexertion in cold water can lead to cramps, and several kinds of mineral imbalances (sodium, calcium, and magnesium) may also cause cramps. Parkinson's disease often causes muscle cramps. Poor circulation, anxiety that causes chronically tense muscles, and muscle strain can all result in cramps. One of the most common reasons for extremity cramps, however, is tight muscles.

Muscle Tightness and Cramps

Muscles work in pairs. When they tighten, they flex/bend a joint or extend it. If one muscle is stronger than the other, the weak muscle tends to shorten and become tight. If it is stretched, it responds by going into spasm, causing a cramp. Chronically tight muscles may become knotted and will develop cramps with minimal provocation.

Cramps from Overuse

Certain occupations seem to have an increased risk of cramps in the muscles used constantly to perform certain tasks. Painters, pianists, typists, tailors and seamstresses are all prone to occupational cramps, which occur primarily in the small muscles of the fingers, hand and wrists. These cramps can become so severe that they prevent the worker from doing the job.

Menstrual Cramps

While many people might not associate chiropractic treatment for cramps, specifically menstrual cramps, there's sound evidence that it works. Prostaglandin levels increase as the uterine lining sloughs off and cause contractions of the pelvic muscles, limiting oxygen flow. A spinal adjustment of the lower thoracic Chiropractic Treatment for Cramps Shown by Painter Cramping in Legand lumbar spine, as well as the sacral area, can promote better blood flow. This helps relieve the pain by promoting better oxygenation.

Chiropractic adjustments can help loosen the tight muscles that cause cramps. Physical therapy stretches and strengthens weak or tight muscles. Massage also loosens muscles. If you struggle with cramps, please contact us.