Back spasms strike at the most inopportune moments. Picking up your child, leaning over to pick something up, or even just moving as you always do. Since I’ve moved to Colorado Springs, I seem to get them more often than I did when I lived in California. I didn’t know why until I did some research. Here are some tips to help avoid back spasms and relieve them once they strike.
Drink water. Staying hydrated is one of the most important things to do at this elevation. Water has many advantages, and one of which is to keep your muscles working properly. I’ve found when I’m drinking enough water, I don’t have back spasms as often.
Exercise. Strengthening the muscles in your back will help them to function as they should and help prevent spasms from recurring. Click here for back strengthening exercises. Another exercise: lie on your stomach with your feet under a couch or bed. Put your hands behind your head, and raise your upper body as much as possible and hold for three counts. Relax. Work your way up to a count of ten.
Ice. If you have a back spasm, put ice on the area initially to relieve the pain. Twenty minutes on, twenty minutes off.
Heat. After the first 24-48 hours, use heat to relax the area. Moist heat is best.
With these tips, your back should be feeling better and the back spasms a thing of the past.