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I have fibromyalgia and one of the most painful symptoms I deal with is muscle spasms. I get them in many parts of my body, but the two areas affected the most by them are my upper back, right between my shoulder blades and in my calves. Both of these areas can debilitate me if I am not proactive in treating or preventing them.
I prefer to deal with these painful spasms as naturally as I can. I despise taking medication that can alter my mental state as most pain medicines and muscle relaxers do. So I do several things to try to prevent them from happening at all. I take supplements, drink plenty of water, practice mindfulness meditation (especially body scans to help me catch the beginnings of these spasms), and gentle yoga. I also believe that my meditation practice has made me mentally stronger and better able to deal with my illness.
The most effective method of muscle tension release I’ve found, after a body scan, is foam rolling. It’s like a gentle massage that I control. I can work every major muscle group with the proper roller. The Live Infinitely roller is my roller of choice currently.
This particular roller has bumps and grooves designed specifically to avoid putting pressure directly on the spine while using it for the back. This is important for everyone, but I find it especially good for my use. Pressure against my spine can actually make my spasms worse.
Foam rolling has many other benefits as well. It can help prevent injury and reduce post-workout pain, by breaking down lactic acid buildups. Foam rollers are also great to use during leg and butt workouts and so much more.
If you have issues with muscle spasms, I encourage you to give foam rolling a try. It works wonderfully for me and I’m sure it could benefit you as well.