Muscle Cramp Remedies

Muscle cramps happen when a muscle involuntarily contracts on its own. When this happens, you can usually feel a hard lump at the point of pain. Cramping usually occurs because your muscle is fatigued or overused. Another indication is that your body is dehydrated, or you may not be getting enough electrolytes. Minerals like potassium and magnesium are important because they help your muscles work smoothly and fluids aid your body in processing the minerals.

 

Here are a few remedies you can try yourself if you have a cramp:

 

  • Stretching: Stop any activity that may have caused the cramp and lightly stretch the muscle, gently holding the stretch. You may even massage the muscle while you stretch or after you finish.
  • Magnesium: Usually suggested for treating pregnant women’s muscle cramps, but more studies are needed. Talk to your doctor before taking any magnesium supplements if you’re pregnant. Nuts and seeds are excellent sources of magnesium if you decide to add this to your diet.
  • Hot soak: Epsom salts are a form of magnesium that is used on the outside of your body.
  • Hydration: To prevent another cramp you need to drink water or some other sports drink with electrolytes which may take a little longer to address the initial pain you’re feeling.
  • Get moving: Walk around. This will send the signal that your muscle needs to contract and then relax.

 

 



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