Muscle Cramps

What Is A Muscle Cramp?

Muscle cramp is a sudden and involuntary contraction of one or more muscles. Muscle cramps cause severe pain, however are mostly harmless and get better after some time. Most commonly the muscle cramps develop in the leg muscles particularly in the calf muscles.

What Triggers Muscle Cramps?

  • Overuse of a muscle
  • Dehydration
  • Muscle strain
  • Holding a position for a prolonged period
  • Inadequate blood supply
  • Nerve compression
  • Mineral depletion (such as potassium, calcium and magnesium)
  • Increasing age
  • Pregnancy
  • Medical conditions such as diabetes or nerve, liver or thyroid disorders

How Would You Know If You Have Muscle Cramps?

  • You may experience severe discomfort, sudden and sharp pain
  • Hard lump of muscle tissue beneath the skin
  • Leg swelling, redness or skin changes
  • Muscle weakness

What Are The Available Treatment Options?

  • In most cases, the muscle cramps disappear in sometime and are not too serious to receive any special medication.
  • At times the muscle cramps can be recurrent and may disturb your sleep pattern leading to other lifestyle problems.
  • In case your symptoms worsen and are accompanied with swelling, redness and changes in the skin, make sure you see a doctor
  • Your doctor may recommend certain nutritional supplements that may help you meet the required levels of essential vitamins and minerals.

Are There Any Natural Remedies For Muscle Cramps?

You can try these effective natural remedies to ease your symptoms:

1. Massage With Oil

Ingredients: Clove Oil

Ways to Use:

Slightly warm the clove oil. Rub it on the affected areas using firm strokes. Massage the area for at least 5-8 minutes. Repeat at least two times a day.

2. Stretch While You Exercise

Ways to Use:

Staying active helps to prevent the muscle cramping. Post a daily strenuous workout, spend 10-15 minutes stretching. Makes sure to stretch some of the most vulnerable areas such as hamstrings, quadriceps and ankles to avoid cramping later.

3. Cold or Heat Therapy

Ingredients: Ice pack, Hot compress

Ways to Use:

Cold therapy helps to relieve pain. You can use an ice pack on the swollen or painful areas.

Heat relaxes the muscles and improves blood circulation. Dip a towel in  warm water and keep it on the affected areas.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Ingredients: Apple cider vinegar, Water

Ways to Use:

To a glass of warm water, add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Drink this mixture one every day.

A very common problem that may be affecting so many of you, muscle cramps can easily be prevented by eating a healthy and nutritious diet and keeping oneself hydrated. So, next when a muscle cramp wakes you amidst sleep, try these natural remedies to ease the trouble.

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