When a muscle contracts abnormally and spontaneously, it goes into a spasm. If the contraction occurs in the back, near the spinal cord or the nerve roots then it causes unbearable pain. Initially, the sufferer feels a swift and unexpected pain in the lower back during movements such as pushing, twisting or pulling and it may be possible to continue these movements for a little more time.
But soon the overstretched muscles start bleeding and they begin to tear together with the tendons. Back spasms usually occur when the muscles in the back are swollen and inflamed. Any exertion can easily tear the muscles and the tendons.
Sports that require a lot of pushing or lifting or sudden twisting of the back can overstretch and overstrain the muscles and lead to back spasms. Disk ruptures, arthritis, weak stomach muscles, inflexible muscles along the spine and back weakness can also contribute to back spasms.
Apply an ice pack to the painful and tender area. Ask someone to massage the exact spot where the pain is concentrated, with the ice. Move the ice pack gently in a circular motion and then up and down and sideways. Do this for ten to fifteen minutes. The ice will reduce the swelling in the muscles and the surrounding tissues and will alleviate the pain quickly. Apply the pack as frequently as possible to get rid of the excruciating pain.
This desert plant has powerful pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties which not only calm the irritated muscles, tissues and tendons but also reduce the pain and swelling considerably.
Skin a fresh aloe vera leaf and remove the pulp. Put the pulp into a pan and add two teaspoons of turmeric powder to it. Put the pan on the fire and warm the mixture, stirring all the time. Spread the warm mixture on the painful area. Cover it with some padded gauze and tape it to your back. Do this twice daily and all your pain will vanish in a trice.
Mustard oil provides vital nourishment to the bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments and quickly repairs the damage and helps in regenerating the torn tissues and muscles. Warm some mustard oil and add a piece of camphor to it. Ask some one to massage your back with this oil two or three times daily. The swelling and pain will abate very soon.
Turmeric is very good for relieving all kinds of pain and inflammations. Warm three teaspoons of ghee and add enough turmeric powder to form a paste.
Smear the paste all over the painful muscles. Cover it with some betel leaves and tape the leaves in place with first-aid adhesive tape. Do this two or three times daily till the muscles and tendons are completely healed and there is no more pain.
Warm some castor oil. Dip a thin cloth into it and ask your spouse to place it on the painful area. Cover the cloth with a woolen piece and then place a plastic sheet over it to trap the warmth. Keep it for half an hour. Apply this pack twice daily and be free of the back spasms.