Muscle Contracture: Everything You Need To Know

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Do you know what a muscle spasm ? You know how it is produced? Do you know how to treat it ? In this post we explain everything you need to know about this very common ailment among all kinds of people, not only among athletes.

Muscle Contracture Everything You Need To Know
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What is a muscle spasm?

The muscle contracture is simply continued involuntary muscle contraction, which causes the muscles of the affected area remain constant tension. Basically a muscle contracts and it relaxes, but when a muscle contracture arises because a vast area of muscle has not been relaxed , and therefore remains contracted. This causes that area to stay hard and swollen.

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These types of injuries are very common especially in sports, but also, although it may seem surprising, among sedentary people, people with a high elderly and suffering from stress.

What kind of muscle spasm there?

Mainly there are two types of contracture:

The Produced during exercise. While performing any physical exercise metabolites are generated. If your body is unable to eliminate them all, because the effort was too high, they will accumulate and generate pain and swelling in the affected area.

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The Back that occurs after the effort. After making a large effort, the muscle is unable to return to its original resting state, as a result of accumulated fatigue, which will result in a contraction.

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It also could add a third type of waste . It  is a type of very specific contracture  occurs only after a serious injury because the muscles surrounding the injured area has to shrink naturally. This contraction, which acts as a protective mechanism of the affected area, causing further contracted muscles have recovered although the primary lesion.

Muscle Contracture Everything You Need To Know
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How to treat a muscle spasm?

Then we’ll give you a few little tips that you can follow at home to try to relieve the affected area. If after a period, continuous condition, we recommend that you go to a physical therapist to treat it .

First and most important , although it seems obvious is not to repeat the gesture or movement which creates contractual , hence the rest is the best method of curing a contracture.

A second recommendation would be the application of dry heat in the affected area during the first days when you noticed contracture , as the heat serves as a vasodilation and therefore help to purify the metabolites. A heating pad can be a source of dry heat.

The third and final tip would be to use contrast baths . These baths are based on combining cold water and hot water, which causes better blood circulation in the affected area.

 

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