Spasm a sudden involuntary muscular contraction or convulsive movement, if painful means excessive and prolonged contraction of muscle. When cramp occurs in the involuntary muscles of internal organs such as the gut, such pain is called colic. The most common cramps that affect voluntary, consciously controlled muscles are exercise induced cramps, heat cramps and nighttime leg cramps.
Spasms Clonic are fast-alternating contractions and relaxation of muscles manifested by stereotype movements of the some body parts or another occurring with the various range of motion. Hiccups (spasms of the diaphragm muscles), Stammer (spasms of the speech motor muscles), Nodding spasm of the sternocleidomastoid muscles, paralysis of gaze (the oculomotor muscles spasm).
Exercise induced cramps occur during or after the strenuous or unaccustomed exercise, and are a warning that the muscles are exhausted and their blood supply is not keeping up with the needs for oxygen and glucose and the removal of waste products. Rest, stretching and muscles rubbing the affected area will relieve the cramp.
Heat cramps result from the loss of too much salt due to excessive sweating from exercise and or from the hot weather. This is particularly in people not familiar to hot, dry climates where sweat is not noticed because of the rapid evaporation. Heat cramps often affect the hands and feet first. That can be prevented and relieved rapidly by drinking fluids or eating foods containing salt. An individual’s appetite tells how much body needs.
Night cramps in the legs and feet are a common problem. The calf muscles are affected most and one can often feel the hard, knot like muscle at the pain site. The cause of night cramps is usually because of poor circulation or plausible explanation is that sleeping in the same position for a long time slows down circulation to parts of the leg and the reduced oxygen supply makes muscles more sensitive to any stimulus that would make them contract. Normally night cramps happen more often in hot weather, so low salt may contribute. Occasionally cramps can be a side effect of certain medications. If you get a cramp the best way to relieve it is by stretching the muscles. For calf muscles, stand on your toes and bring your heels down firmly, keeping your toes on the floor. Prevention of night cramps is difficult. Exercise to stretch calf muscles helps many people. Stretching exercises for calf muscles-stand about 1 meter from a wall. Lean to be forward, keeping heels on the floor and using your hands and arms to regulate the tilt, until you feel a moderate but not painful full sensation in your calf muscles. Hold for 10 seconds then relax for 5, and continue for 5 stretches. Repeat this.
Tonic spasm: are longer lasting, characterised by sticking of the body parts in forced postures. Spasm develops in infectious and degenerative disease of nervous system, developmental defects and injuries of brain, disease of other organs and systems accompanied by cerebral hypoxia and impaired metabolism (intoxications, poisoning, hyper-blirubinemia and others) and also in neuroses. Truisms or lockjaw (mesenteric cramp), graphospasm (occupation-related spasm of finger and hand muscles found in certain jobs such as musicians, hairdressers, telegrapher, shoemakers, tailors, dressmakers, milkmaids, typists, blepharospasm (spasm of orbicular muscle of eye in watchmakers) systremma (a kind of spasm often occurring in ballet dancers).
SPASMS: spastic response-may develop in a quite healthy individual during a short time increase of the brains readiness for convulsions due to stressful events, infection, intoxication, overstrain etc.
External causes: are less significant for development of spastic syndrome. It occurs in an active pathological process in nervous system characterised by formation of congestive excitation foci in cerebral cortex and is manifested by recurrent spasmodic attacks.
The traditional theory of acupuncture Onnuri ‘SuJok’ energy concept of eight ki or Triorigin states that vital energy is the animating force behind life, the cosmic forces of Nature, which is the root of all things. It is said that if one stays in touch with the vital energy, ones life will be healthy in all its phases, be it BODY. MIND. EMOTIONS!
Acupuncture, as itself is a powerful medicine, helped many who were not successfully treated through conventional western medicine. Several conditions can be dramatically improved or remedied in full including, SPASM, CRAMPS! The course of treatment is undoubtedly effective; one could find the difference in case of hiccups and night spasm in initial few sessions.
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