When muscles contract, or tighten up, involuntarily, it is known as a muscle twitch or spasm. In other words, you are not the one controlling the movement in your muscles. Muscle twitches can occur for a variety of reasons, such as stress, consuming too much caffeine, poor diet, the wrong type of exercise, or as a negative effect of medication. Muscle twitching is also called muscle fasciculation.
Muscles in the shoulder, calf muscle, eyelid or thumb commonly contract without your volition. This kind of muscle twitches usually recede on their own and are often related to anxiety or stress. However, if the twitching persists, you should definitely go to a doctor as it could be a sign of some other underlying nerve problem.
A muscle twitch meaning an involuntary contraction of the fibers that make up a muscle. Nerves control muscle fibers. When something stimulates or damages a nerve, it causes the muscle fibers to contract, resulting in a twitch. A person can often see or feel these twitches below the skin.
Common causes of muscle twitching include the following:
- Consuming too much caffeine and other stimulants can cause muscles in any part of the body to twitch.
- Twitching can occur after physical activity because lactic acid accumulates in the muscles used during exercise. It most often affects the arms, legs, and back.
- Deficiencies of certain nutrients can cause muscle spasms, particularly in the eyelids, calves, and hands. Common types of nutritional deficiencies include vitamin D, vitamin B, and calcium deficiencies.
- The nicotine found in cigarettes and other tobacco products can cause muscle twitching, especially in the legs.
- Adverse reactions to certain drugs, including corticosteroids and estrogen pills, can trigger muscle spasms. The twitching may affect the hands, arms, or legs.
- Muscle spasms can occur in the eyelid or the area around the eye when the eyelid or the surface of the eye is irritated.
Fortunately, shoulder blade spasms can be easily treated. Here are some simple remedies anyone can follow:
1. Stop doing what’s hurting you
If you are doing any sort of physical activity when your spasms start, stop whatever it is that you are doing. Spasms can happen anytime, during exercise or even when you are going about your daily chores. So, if spasms happen, stop your activity and try to rest. Although spasms are painful, there are usually no continuing concerns. Try rubbing or massaging your shoulder blade muscles. This will relax your muscles and increase blood circulation…