A disorder in which nerves cause involuntary muscular contractions in a centralized area of the body or in many different parts of the body.

Many use the terms muscle spasms and muscle spasticity interchangeably, but they are incorrect in doing so. While both can cause a tightness/stiffness and an involuntary control of those muscles, they are different in origin. Muscle spasms are a result of a damaged central nervous system or nerves, while muscle spasticity is a muscles reaction to an injury to the muscle itself. From a Chiarian’s perspective, the difference can be seen in that we tend to have muscle spasms in our necks that are caused by damaged nerves; that pain coupled with the fear of moving, causes a tenseness that can lead to muscle spasticity in the neck and upper back.

Recommended Doctor for Diagnosis: Orthopedic Doctor/Surgeon, Physical/Rehabilitation/Occupational Therapist
Testing: clinical visit

  • Treatments: Heat Therapy, Relaxation Techniques, Massage Therapy
  • Medications: Muscle Relaxers such as Methocarbamol (Robaxin)