Exercise to Relieve Involuntary Muscle Movement

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Involuntary muscle movements, or tremors, occur anywhere in the body and may produce symptoms ranging from mildly embarrassing to those that interfere with work or play. You may have difficulty holding a cup still or an annoying ticking movement in your thigh muscle. The origin of tremors can range from a benign cause to a neurogenic disorder, such as Parkinson's disease. Exercises may help stop these involuntary muscle movements.

Talk to your doctor about the involuntary muscle movements. If these tremors are not related to medications, caffeine or stress, the underlying cause should be investigated prior to self-treatment with exercise.

Strengthen the muscles where the involuntary action occurs with kinetic exercise. You may be able to stop an involuntary movement by forcing the muscle to contract. Walk on a spasmodic foot, try daily pushups for upper-body muscles affected or squats for lower-body muscles.

Stretch the muscles daily with yoga exercises. You may elect to take a yoga class in person or alongside an instructor on DVD. The collaboration of gentle muscle stretching, deep breathing and relaxation may also benefit your entire muscular system and relax those involuntary movements.

Focus on the joint closest to the involuntary movements -- this is the spasm source. Involuntary muscle movements may be a problem with the innervation, not the muscles. For instance, if your hand has tremors, a nerve in the wrist joint may be the culprit. Try stretching and strengthening that specific nerve/muscle bundle for relief by squeezing a rubber ball five times daily.


Talk to your doctor about diet, as electrolyte deficiencies may also trigger involuntary movements. You may not need exercise, just a banana a day for added potassium.


Seek medical care if your involuntary movements are getting worse or interfering with activities of daily living.