Have you been experiencing involuntary shaking or contracting of the muscles? If so then you should read this article to know the possible reason why and how you can treat it.
What are Tremors?
Tremors are defined as rhythmic, involuntary or unintentional movement of one or more parts of the body. The movement is typically to-and-fro and mostly affects the hands, arms, legs, face, vocal chords and head. The most common are the hands.
What are the Causes?
There are various reasons why it can happen to an individual. Anyone may experience it. It can be from too much caffeine, aging, stress, fatigue, withdrawal from drugs, smoking or alcohol, stroke, brain cancer, low blood sugar, certain medications or multiple sclerosis. Often times, tremors are associated with more serious conditions like neurological disorders.
Parkinson’s disease is the most commonly known neurological cause for tremors and rigidity of muscles. The tremors of a patient with Parkinson’s occur when the muscle is at rest like sitting, lying down or simply resting the hand on the lap. It stops when the patient is in motion.
Dystonia, essential tremor, multiple system atrophy, myoclonus, Tourette syndrome, progressive supranuclear palsy and Lou Gehrig’s disease are other neurological conditions that can cause tremors. Epilepsy can also manifest in small muscle twitches.
Sometimes involuntary movement of muscles may be attributed to lack of vital nutrients in the body. Minor tremors can occur when you are lacking vitamin C, vitamin E or potassium. The solution is to change to a healthier diet or take supplements that will make up for the nutritional loss.
A Closer Look at Muscle Spasms
Muscle Spasms on the other hand differs from tremors or twitching. This is also referred to as muscle cramps. They are usually painful and involuntary. Skeletal muscle spasms are very common and often affect the hamstrings, calf muscle and the front of your thighs. It may be because of overuse, overstretching or staying in one position for too long.
Treatment for Involuntary Shaking of Muscles
As usual with any treatment, you should consult your doctor for a clear diagnosis before you jump into purchasing medications and treatments. Luckily, there are natural supplements for the less serious cases of tremors. Magnesium phosphate in particular is important to promote neuromuscular functionality.
It is also beneficial for our bones and muscles. You can search for supplements with this vitamin to help you from experiencing tremors. Herbal supplements are also an option and you may confer with your doctor about relevant helpful herbal supplements.
Stramonium for example can relieve anxiety and help calm the muscles. Agaricus muscarius is a homeopathic remedy that can improve tremors and twitches. Lemon balm, lavender and passion flower can also have great effects on the nervous system and can give you calmness.