Last updated: July 2017. Was your back hijacked by a powerful, debilitating lower back muscle spasm – again?
Was the pain so bad you thought about heading to the nearest emergency room?
Did this happen to you more than once?
Don’t ignore it.
Your back is telling you something:
The good news:
You’re not ignoring your muscle cramps anymore. And you probably know that pain killers and NSAIDs will not make it go away.
Deep down you know there are natural, effective and fast solutions.
If this is true, you’ve come to the right place.
In this post you’ll find the fastest natural home treatment for muscle spasms/strains, a great stretch, and 3 more natural ways to prevent the next “attack”.
It’s easier than you think.
Ready? Let’s go.
How Long Do Back Muscle Spasms Last?
A back muscle spasm can last from minutes to weeks, depending on the cause and on the treatment you’ve chosen.
Fir example, bed rest may feel like the right thing to do, but it may not be the right thing to do, unless you can’t move all together.
Bed rest can actually make your muscle spasm last longer. Moderate movement may be optimal to reduce healing in and inflammation in your lower back.
What Causes Back Muscle Spasms?
If you spend most of the day sitting behind a desk, for instance, regularly maintaining a bad posture, a muscle spasm can surprise you doing something as simple as lifting a book.
It can “catch you” when you are trying to perfect a new yoga position or while jogging like you do every day.
Lifting heavy objects is also a common cause, or supporting a heavy object with your back. A few more common causes are over exerting muscles while exercising, a sudden movement or a fall.
How to know if it’s a muscle spasm?
The pain stays only in the relevant area (doesn’t radiate to your legs, for instance) and is sore to the touch.
☑️ The Quickest Way to Relieve Your Muscle Cramp Naturally
Through my research and personal experience, here’s the quickest natural way to stop your back muscle strain:
Magnesium oil/Epsom Salt hot bath.
I’ll bet you want to know: why Magnesium oil?
Because when your back muscles go into spasm, the fastest way to relieve the pain is to simply relax them.
And Magensium, through my research, is the best natural muscle relaxant on the planet.
(If you know me, you already know that I would never recommend prescription drugs such as NSAIDS or muscle relaxants. They are too dangerous to be a first-line treatment).
is the best way to absorb Magnesium quickly, and definitely much faster than ingesting it.
It is absorbed through your skin fast and pulls excess fluids out of your tissues, while reducing inflammation and relaxing your muscles.
All you have to do is rub some Mag. oil on your painful area and wait that aaaah moment.
If you want to supercharge this muscle spasm home treatment, hop into an Epsom salt bath at home.
The powerful combination of heat (thermotherapy) and the Magnesium in the Epsom salt can stop your back spasm in just a few minutes.
Next Step – A Short Rest
Various studies have found that too much bed rest (more than 2 days) will worsen your condition.
When you rest, do not attempt to use the injured muscle in any way.
How do You Prevent Your Next Lumbar Muscle Spasm
First, you have to listen to what your body is trying to tell you.
The muscle spasm in your back tells you that something is wrong. The pain should not be ignored and never attempt to “push through” the pain, it will only cause more damage.
If you are very physically active, or alternatively not active enough, daily lower back stretches are critical to preventing the next muscle cramp.
This video demonstrates an excellent stretch for lower back pain:
While stretching is important, it’s not enough.
If you are serious about ending the pain in the lower back, these are the best natural treatments:
1. Reduce Inflammation
(Heal n’ Soothe Ingredients)
When a muscle is torn or over stretched, your body sends Prostaglandins to the injured muscle to cause inflammation. It’s your body’s way of stopping you from using the muscle further.
Now it can send the healing components to fix the damaged cells.
The first line of these healing agents is called proteolytic enzymes (discovered by Dr. Wolf in 1972). Maybe you have heard of enzyme therapy as a natural treatment for inflammation.
reveals the best (proven) natural treatments for back muscle inflammation.
2. Heat Therapy
The best way to speed up the healing process is by helping the body deliver the healing components better and faster.
In other words, speed up your blood circulation. This is what heat therapy does.
Instead of using the plain old heating pad, supercharge the heat with infrared rays.
Infrared rays penetrate deep into your skin and all the way to your muscle tissues, nerves and spinal bones.
In my experience, it’s the best drug-free pain relieving method ever, and it’s completely safe.
I have this infrared heating pad, which covers my entire back (and can be folded to use on aching joints too).
See why infrared light therapy is the ultimate back pain healer – HERE.
3. Re-Balanace Your Back Muscles
If you really want to get lasting relief for your lower back muscle spasms and cramps, consider addressing the root cause of your lower back pain.
Except for trauma, muscle imbalances are the reason for most types of back pain.
To find out how muscle balances are responsible for your pain, see my article – “The Hidden Cause of Pain in Lower Back“.
If you are in a hurry or just can’t read another word, this video is a short and sweet alternative.
I hope I got to help you, even just a little bit, with this guide.
What about you? How have you treated your muscle cramps so far? Share with us in the comments below.
To your health and happiness,