Are there alternative treatments for fasciculation?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Because the benign forms of fasciculation can easily be treated, there are a handful of ways to prevent short-term muscle spasms. Sometimes the twitching is caused by a magnesium deficiency, so adding a supplement to your diet can help. Stress can often cause fasciculation, so taking time to relax can alleviate the symptoms. Muscle relaxation can also apply to stress caused by strenuous exercise; gentle physical therapy or immersion in hot water can help ease tense muscles. It can also be helpful to cut back on stimulants like caffeine that may over-stimulate muscles to relieve muscle twitching. But bear in mind that persistent fasciculation along with weakness or a loss of sensation may be a sign of a more serious condition, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or nerve damage, and so should be checked with a doctor.

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