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what do you do to relax muscle knots and spasms?

Sagath

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I'm 5'10 and 330lbs. I think the tables top out at 250lbs.
With all good intentions meant, losing some weight will probably go a long way towards those muscle knots/spasm problems as well. My step-father was 6ft and 230, lost 30lbs (with much convincing by me and mom) and put on some lean weight (muscle) by lowering his bodyfat levels and I swear it gave him 10 years back (Hes 70 this December).
 

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Yup. Getting the weight off certainly does help with back pain. And strengthening the core, carefully, is very good to go with that.
 

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muscle weight good body fat water weight bad since I stopped running I went from around 225 to 245 and I do not eat allot of crap I eat mostly veggies and Istill have all of this weight I could run but then I gain Migraines because i love running and sometimes get lost in the run end up ruining for a min 1 hour plus the mid in between should blades spinal crap they cant do anything for doesn't help I get the arms fully numb in the middle of the night wakes me up or migraines it sucks hehe but its what Ideal with I do my CHi Kung and meditate daily walk not as much as I should if I lived near forested area I probably would walk allot more muscle spasms that come from know where and dont want to go away blood tests MRI show things are normal so core exercises is usually when I get the spasms even simple crunches I do my Push ups also daily probably just old age and the abuse I put my body through when younger it sucks hehe
 

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Whew that was a hard block to read @Shadowmeph but I think I got it ;)

Core work has actually been debated in the literature; some specialists saying it is good, some saying it can do more damage to the low back by putting too much pressure on the injured area. The specialist I was seeing several years back basically said what I said above: carefully do core work and see if you find it a benefit. If pain is greater than benefit, then don't focus on core stuff.

My personal experience was doing only a small amount of core work when things were bad, and then slowly building up as I improved and had less pain. For me keeping the weight down and doing some core, say 40 crunches and 40 leg raises a day, keeps things tight enough to give my back support but isn't too much to strain anything. I'm no Ironman but even that little bit it helps!

That's what has helped me anyway, once I was out of acute phase. And other general exercise, time on the elliptical, some weights, and stretching all to keep mobility going.
 

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yes I apologize for that wall of words I DO that allot finger trying to keep up with the words in my head
I was using a huge exercise ball that I actually use as my main chair to sit on for crunches but the spasms happen which sucks its like a rib pops up mid back along the right side of my back . when this happens it sharp pains me for a spilt second knocking out my wind . it happened to me a few weeks back then Ihad thought it healed but its back so I have to be careful . I can handle pain pretty easily as long as it is constant Ican breath through it buit this kind of joltinging split second pain Icannot handle and it sucks hehe
 

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my mum uses a few types of magnesium to help with her muscle spasms. she has something like MS...but they can't diagnose it as scans are inconclusive, even though there is a plethora of symptoms she suffers. same for wife, who is diagnosed with MS. the magnesium helps with calming spasms so she can sleep at night.
 

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Here is a weird one but have you ever tried things like dr ho (the self electrocution pads). I ran into someone over the last couple days that swears by them for certain muscle pains.
 

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