Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM.
That’s a great question. Leg spasms can be contributed to many things, such as an overactive nervous system, mineral deficiencies, lack of sleep, lack of water (to only name a few).
Acupuncture is phenomenal at balancing out your entire system so it can help relax nerves and muscles, as well as address the underlying cause of your condition. This means it not only fixes the issue, but it also prevents it from being a problem again in the future. The muscles themselves can benefit from acupuncture, because the insertion of the needles loosen the muscles fibers, while also activating the circulatory system. This brings fresh blood and nutrients to the area.
In short, acupuncture works at the local area (the affected muscle) and the central nervous system (the brain) to combat your symptoms and keep them at bay.
I hope this information is helpful.
Acupuncture helps muscle spasms by bringing clean oxygen and blood in the areas of spasm as well as the whole body. Blood circulation is also important part of acupuncture to help the spasm.
Scott Sang In Lee
Acupuncture treatment can release muscle spasms, give more strength and energy to muscles, and make muscles more elastic.
Acupuncture in theory is excellent for promoting circulation. When the leg spasms, acupuncture is great at curing this annoying symptom.
What acupuncture is doing, is its allowing blood to flow to all areas of the body. This circulation will help provide the muscles with natural substances to help alleviate spasms. The acupuncturist may also place needles on other regions of the body. The reason for this is because to ensure circulation throughout the body, there are points that work in harmony, like siblings, to help bring maximum effect!
Cupping is also another excellent adjunctive therapy to acupuncture to help completely relieve any spasms.
After you receive treatment, it is important to stay hydrated and consume nutrition with plenty of potassium!
If the spasm persists for longer than a week to 2 weeks, please go see your doctor for further evaluation.
From the perspective of Chinese Medicine, spasms and cramps in the muscles are considered to result from stagnation of qi (energy) and blood. Acupuncture has been used throughout the ages for treating muscle spasms by needling acupoints that promote the free flow of qi and blood to release the stagnation.
In addition, studies have shown that acupuncture promotes the body’s release of natural anti-inflammatory steroids as well as pain relieving endorphins.
Another way to look at it is to think of a tight muscle as a stretched rubber band. It too is tight and stretched. The acupuncture would be like un-stretching the rubber band so the muscle again loosens and relaxes.
The spasms are from tight muscles - the acupuncture keeps them more loose and also helps the nutrients be delivered through the blood, so that the muscles can be nourished and relaxed. Like a plant being watered to soften up, muscles need the fluids and blood to keep them soft, supple and relaxed. Acupuncture helps the body nourish the muscles.
There are more ways, but those are the basics. Find a licensed practitioner and it may take a few treatments to fully help - don't give up after 1 treatment if the one doesn't seem to help. Also, if your acupuncturist isn't helping, you can always switch to another one. Just like auto mechanics and donut shops, some places are better for you than others, but everyone has their own personal favorite.
We know acupuncture regulates a set of neurotransmitters at the level of the brain and spinal cord. We know that acupuncture is affecting brain structure and how sensory signals are processed in the brain. Acupuncture can also be used to release tight muscle through the use of trigger points. Any or all of these could be playing a role in symptom relief.
For the best results, please make sure you see an NCCAOM board certified acupuncturist. To find someone in your area, go to the "Find a Practitioner" link at NCCAOM.org.