A nude back of a woman indicating back painOur backs are divided into three sections.

The Cervical spine area is the area of our neck and the tops of our shoulders.

The Thoracic spine area is usually referred to as the mid-back area and includes the area of our back between our shoulders and hips.

The lumbar spine is the area below our hips.

Any one of these areas is prone to muscle spasms.  There are many at-home solutions to treat muscle spasms in the back.  In order to stop the spasms, we need to know why they are happening.

8 out of 10 people will experience lumbar spasms, and if you’ve already experienced an episode of the back spasm, chances are you’ll experience more spasms.

Back spasms happen when any of the muscles, nerves, ligaments or tendons in the back become irritated and inflamed.

The back muscles tighten up involuntarily.  This is our bodies’ protective response to avoid further injury.

If back spasms become chronic, they will actually exert force on your spine and begin to change its shape.

There are many pharmaceutical muscle relaxers which are available.  Many of them don’t work well, and almost all of them have side effects such as drowsiness and sedation.

Muscle Spasm in Back – How to Stop It


Our spines support the weight of our bodies.  Giving you back a rest will give it a chance to heal.  Rest can also be combined with Ice packs and heating pads for better results.

Ice Packs

If you are aware of a sudden acute injury, apply an ice pack to the painful area for the first two days.  Ice will reduce the inflammation.

Since spasms are a result of inflammation, reducing the inflammation should reduce the spasm and the pain.  Use an ice pack for 20 minutes 3 or 4 times a day.

Don’t apply ice directly to your skin. If you don’t have an ice pack, place some ice cubes and some water in a zip-lock bag, wrap a towel or T-shirt around the bag, then apply to the painful area.

Heating Pad

After the first two days of an acute injury, or if your spasms are chronic, try using a heating pad.

A heating pad will help to relax your back muscles naturally and allow improved blood circulation to get to the injured area.

Increase circulation will allow your back to heal itself more quickly.  Increased circulation brings more oxygen and nutrients to the injured area, and removes toxins that inflammation produces.

Be sure to use any heating pad as the directions instruct, and don’t lie on a heating pad, or use it while sleeping.

If you need to apply heat throughout the night, there are disposable heating patches available.

Many times, a muscle spasm in your back is the result of many mild irritations.  Applying an ice pack or heating pad to the area around the injury is always a good idea.

Remember to ice first to reduce any inflammation, then apply a heating pad to increase circulation.

Do you have any experience with muscle spasm in your back? Please leave your comment below,

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