Curejoy Expert Claude Butler Explains:
Muscle fasciculation (twitches) are fine movements of a small area of muscle. Twitches can occur in the arms, feet, fingers, hands, head, legs, stomach, eye muscles and other parts of the body
Involuntary muscle twitches can be can be exasperating at times. Usually Muscle twitches are minor and often go unnoticed. Some are common and normal. Others may be an indicator of severe forms of health conditions such as a stroke, traumatic brain injury and nervous system disorder.
Twitches may be short-lived or permanent. There are several causes for muscle twitches that vary significantly in severity. Minor twitches may be caused due to caffeine consumption or dehydration. Some twitches may be the result of a neurological condition or traumatic brain injury. For some, the cause of twitches remains unknown, hence some of the important causes include:
- Autoimmune disorders such as Isaac syndrome
- Dehydration due to an imbalance in the electrolytes in the body
- Lack of sleep.
- Side effect of certain drugs such as corticosteroids, or estrogens
- Medical conditions such as potassium deficiency and kidney disease/uremia.
- Vitamin deficiency
- Excessive stress or anxiety
- Nervous system conditions such as Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Weak muscles (myopathy), Spinal muscular atrophy and Neuropathy (damage to the nerve).
Natural Remedies to Manage Muscle Twitching:
- Magnesium:Food rich in magnesium such as spinach, broccoli, beans, peas, nuts, and seeds should be included in your diet.
- Sea Salt: Salt intake can help your muscles and nerves communicate more effectively and reduce muscle twitches.
- Reducing Caffeine intake: In order to avoid twitching from dehydration, opt for fresh fruit juice and water instead of drinking tea, coffee and other caffeinated drinks.
- Exercise: Incorporating 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily will be helpful in reducing stress and also for inducing a healthy sleep.
- Relax and de-stress: Practicing yoga, deep breathing and muscle relaxation techniques helps combat stress-related twitching.
- Massage therapy: Will be helpful in managing and reducing muscle twitches.
- Good quality sleep: Making sure that you get adequate sleep and maintaining a good sleep routine is very important.
Seek a professional opinion from your health care provider if your twitches are persistent. As immediate medical diagnosis and evaluation can help in deciphering more details about this unique medical condition.