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(Muscle) Spasm

A muscle spasm is an involuntary contraction of part of or the whole of the muscle. This can often be quite painful. Muscle spasms can last from several seconds to continuous spasms as a protective mechanism or medical condition. Some of the types of muscle spasms can include skeletal muscle spasms, angina and seizures. Physiotherapy treatment can help reduce muscle spasms and help to prevent them

Trigger point massage to spasmic muscles to relieve spasm. Patients are recommended for regular deep tissue release therapy for optimal muscle health and prevent trigger points from forming.

What are the causes of muscle spasms?

There are many different reasons for an individual to develop muscle spasms. The type of muscle spasm experienced will depend entirely on the cause or reason.

Some of the causes of muscle spasms can be:

  • Dehydration
  • Muscle overuse or strain
  • Protective mechanism (broken bones)
  • Low blood calcium or magnesium
  • Electrolyte depletion
  • Neurological condition

how our senior physiotherapists can help

Physiotherapy can help with muscle spasms through different methods of treatments.

These are specificly aimed at treating the symptoms and the cause s of spasms (if there is an underlying injury). Physiotherapy treatment can help decrease the tension in the muscle and provide pain relieving strategies.

physiotherapy Treatments for muscle spasms

Treatments for muscle spasm can include:


Muscle spasms can cause discomfort for the individual and can prevent them from participating in sport and some of their activities of daily living. Physiotherapy can help relieve muscle spasms through individualized physiotherapy treatments.

If there is an underlying cause our senior physiotherapists will do an in-depth assessment and treat the injury which potentially could be causing the muscle spasms. Please contact us to arrange an appointment.