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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Facial Muscle Spasm

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Are there good alternative therapies for facial nerve paralysis?

Are there good alternative therapies for facial nerve paralysis?

No really: No dependable alternative therapies exist. The cause of the paralysis is very important. A bell's palsy should probably be seen and treated by an ENT to ensure appropriate treatment (high dose steroids +/- decompression surgery). If the paralysis is complete, surgical options exists for the various problems associated with the paralysis. See a facial plastic surgeon w/ experience in this area. ...Read more

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Muscle Spasm (Definition)

Muscle spasms are typically painful involuntary muscle contracures which can occur in any part of the body, such as the neck, back and legs. There are various causes of muscle spasms such as recent injury or trauma and dehydration. Typically, patients can modify activity, rest, stretch, utilize heat or ice for treatment of muscle spasms. Rarely, patients can also ...Read more


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Why is massage therapy rarely prescribed for treatment of muscle tension.?

Why is massage therapy rarely prescribed for treatment of muscle tension.?

Just a guess...: It may be because it is not covered by insurance and can be expensive, making it less likely to be prescribed. Drs may also want to come up with a source of the muscle tension and focus on treating that. Massage therapy can provide relief in some people and in some the tension comes back. Osteopathic drs are trained in manipulation treatments, some include muscle stretching/massage-like treatments. ...Read more

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What are traditional chinese medicine treatments for chronic muscle pain?

What are traditional chinese medicine treatments for chronic muscle pain?

Several: Acupuncture is the most well known based on the flow of energy through the body through what are called meridians. Each of these channels have points close the the skin surface. The basic idea is to help restore normal energy flow which in turn helps the muscle pain. There are also traditional chinese herbs to help restore balance or "harmony" in the body. Diet-try gluten/dairy free for 2 weeks. ...Read more

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What are alternative treatment methods for spinal muscular atrophy?

What are alternative treatment methods for spinal muscular atrophy?

Well not sure: What treatments you are getting. In general muscle exercises and physical therapy are useful. Do they know why your spinal muscles are atrophied? Ask yuor doctor who is handling this. There is no quick cure. ...Read more

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Good treatments for hypotonia/low muscle tone?

Good treatments for hypotonia/low muscle tone?

Hard to say: Is this part of a condition? Can u excercise? If you have recurrent pain issues coming from the body an snri would help, like cymblata 30mg but unsure if you are out of shape or have a muscle disease. ...Read more

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Which types treatment options are there for back pain and muscle spasms?

Which types treatment options are there for back pain and muscle spasms?

Conservative care: Generally you will start with conservative treatment such as physical therapy (including strengthening and stretching), as well as anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxant medications. Regular exercise, weight loss, improved diet, and smoking cessation are also recommended. Be sure to see a physician first to evaluate whether there is any significant underlying pathology. ...Read more

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Other than muscle relaxants and mouthguards, what are treatments for bruxism?

Other than muscle relaxants and mouthguards, what are treatments for bruxism?

TMJ/TMD Issues: Sometimes, treatment for tmj/tmd can lead to an improvement to diminishing bruxism or eliminating it. Tmj issues can reappear, so a mouthpiece is recommended, but needs to be the right kind. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for muscle spasm?

It depend: Fortunately, muscle strains usually heal with time in a couple of days or weeks because muscles in the lower back have a good blood supply to bring the necessary nutrients and proteins for healing to take place.If the pain is severe, the patient may be advised to rest, but for no more than one to two days. Pain medications and applying ice or heat may all help alleviate the pain. ...Read more

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Need help preventing facial muscle spasms?

Need help preventing facial muscle spasms?

Determine cause 1st: First determine what is causing the spasms first. It could be an indication of serious underlying disease that requires treatment. That may be the best method to prevent them. Central tumors or hormone dysfunction or electrolyte abnormalities are just a few of the causes which should be treated and not ignored. ...Read more

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Most effective. Muscle relaxants for chronic. L4-l5 pain?

Most effective. Muscle relaxants for chronic. L4-l5 pain?

Physical therapy: 1st go see your family doc for evaluation. Need to make sure no other reason for low back pain. 2nd consult physical therapist for activities to improve strength, flexibility & posture to minimize aggravation. 3rd consider Acetaminophen if liver is ok, nsaids if stomach & kidneys are ok. Narcotics & muscle relaxants can lead to confusion & addiction, thus are best avoided in long run. See pain doc. ...Read more

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What treatment options are available for back pain and muscle spasms?

What treatment options are available for back pain and muscle spasms?

Many options: You need to have a diagnosis first, whether it is a simple strain/sprain, fracture, disc herniation, spinal stenosis. Assuming the condition does not need immediate surgical treatment, simple first treatments include chiropractic manipulation, massage, traction, physical therapy, acupuncture, medications, core strengthening exercises. If no response, consider injections and subsequently surgery. ...Read more

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How effective is acupuncture and botox for limb dystonia?

How effective is acupuncture and botox for limb dystonia?

Botox: Botox (or other botulinum toxin) is the gold standard for limb dystonia. Acupunture is not known for helping with limb dystonia as much as just the pain. ...Read more

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What is great herb for facial and muscle spasms (herbs or natural supplements only)?

What is great herb for facial and muscle spasms (herbs or natural supplements only)?

Wake UP numilaugher!: "Natural" is nonsense. Malaria, Ebola, snake venom, toxic molds - all totally natural. Some crucial drug wisdom: If it has no reported SIDE effects, it probably has no EFFECTS, either. You can practically bank on it: What health hucksters promote as "natural" is almost certainly worthless. Leave the Middle Ages behind. Be a skeptic, not a sucker. Seek real KNOWLEDGE, not pseudoscientific claptrap ...Read more

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Is acupuncture effective for residual facial synkinesis?

Is acupuncture effective for residual facial synkinesis?

Possibly: Acupuncture can help with pain associated with residual facial synkinesis as well as atypical facial pain, in ~40% of people. Acupuncture is ineffective at restoring normal nerve connections to diminish synkinesis, however. Specific treatments by a speech therapist can stimulate facial muscles & nerve to help retrain your muscles and may be more effective to restore normal motion/function. ...Read more

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Is there any permanent cure for neuromuscular pain and muscle spasm in chest and back? Which is better - drugs or physiotherapy?

Is there any permanent cure for neuromuscular pain and muscle spasm in chest and back? Which is better - drugs or physiotherapy?

See below: Neuromuscular pain and muscle spasm are symptoms and do not describe the cause, therefore it is not possible for me to advise about "cures". You should see a doctor to determine the cause of these symptoms if possible. ...Read more

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Is myofascial release therapy an effective treatment for muscle and connective tissue tightness and pain?

Is myofascial release therapy an effective treatment for muscle and connective tissue tightness and pain?

Back pain: It has been shown to very effective for some people, but not all. It is definitely worth trying if it is a chronic issue for you. ...Read more

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Which muscle relaxer works best for rheumatoid arthritis?

Which muscle relaxer works best for rheumatoid arthritis?

Hum: In rheumatoid arthritis you might have for other reason inflammation , but muscle contraction is really not a feature of rheumatoid arthritis , flexure contracture might occurs , that are reducciton on the lengh of the tendons with dys functionallity those have to be evaluated and specific therapy instituted. Some patients with rheumatoid arthritis suffer of fybromyalgia, and have contractures. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


Dr. Ellen Bondar
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Muscle Cramps Or Spasms (Definition)

A muscle cramp is a sudden and involuntary contract of one's muscle(s). Such cramps are usually harmless, and may result from certain medications or from long periods of exercise. ...Read more