You reach for an item onto the top shelf of the cabinet and your back wrenches in pain for a muscle goes into spasm. How can something as easy as reaching for a towel produce such pain?
The answer is -- it did not. Reaching to your towel overextended a muscle which was already strained. This made the muscle stiffen and go into spasm to protect it from any additional harm. Muscles can become strained due to repetitive movements or habits, such as bad posture, heavy lifting, swinging a racquet or sitting before a computer.
Often, when muscles have been strained for some time, all it requires is one sudden movement (i.e., one stretch to get a towel) to get an already strained muscle to move into spasm.
While this occurs, all of the muscle fibers contract at exactly the exact same time. Muscle contraction cuts off blood supply, which generates even more muscle pain, causing the muscle to contract even further. This can be an all too common occurrence for some people who lie around the ground in pain for hours because the muscle doesn't relax with motion.
It can take several weeks to get a muscle spasm to deteriorate, so try another to help the recovery process.
Chiropractic care helps to alleviate the cause of muscle spasm once it's present as well as helping to stop it from occurring in the first location! Proper nerve function is essential to proper muscle function, and chiropractic adjustments locate and appropriate regions of the spine where there's nerve dysfunction.
The Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Technique is a specific system of analyzing and adjusting the upper cervical vertebrae of the spinal column. These vertebrae can misalign in such a way as to interfere with the brainstem and spinal cord as they exit through the floor of the skull into the neural canal.