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Published on August 3rd, 2013 | by Tom


How to Get Rid of Muscle Cramps, Causes & Prevention

Muscle  Cramps are uncontrollable and painful spasms in a muscle. The exact cause of muscle cramp is not clear, but possible reasons are overusing, dehydration, poor physical condition, nutritional deficiencies etc. Muscles of the calf and foot are very prone to cramps. Usually a cramp can heal on its own, but you can also learn some home remedies to ease the pain and speed the recovery.

Home Remedies for Muscle Cramps

  1. Drink fluids. Drinking an electrolyte beverage like, Pedialyte can prevent cramping by rebalancing the mineral balance in your body. Remember not to choose sports drinks with high sugar content, otherwise, it will aggregate your pain.
  2. Take multivitamin pills. For cramps caused by mineral or vitamin deficiency, it is better to take multivitamin pills to get zinc and magnesium.
  3. Stretch and massage. Stretch and massage the affected muscle gently and lightly until the cramp subsides. You can perform this either alone or after any other treatment presented in this article.
  4. Ice compress. Apply an ice pack on your cramped muscle to ease inflammation and relax your muscle.
  5. Punching your lips. Use your thumb and index finger to grasp your upper lip, and massage and wiggle it firmly. This one acts as an immediate pain relief but not for long-term treatment.
  6. Use an analgesic balm. Similar to cold compress, an analgesic balm can also reduce pain and loosen the muscle.

How to Get Rid of Muscle Cramps, Causes & Prevention

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How to Prevent Muscle Cramps

  • Improve your physical condition by keeping regular exercise.
  • Warming up by doing some stretches or light jogging before playing sports
  • Drinking plenty of water to keep your body hydrated while you are exercising.
  • Keep a balanced diet which includes adequate fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and be careful with high heels.

Causes of Muscle Cramps

Actually there are no biological explanations for muscle cramp. Most of them are harmless, but some muscle cramps are linked to certain medical conditions:

  • Atherosclerosis-inadequate blood supply caused by narrowed arteries may increase the risk of getting Muscle Cramps.
  • Nerve compression. Nerve compression in your spin can cause pain in the buttock or leg. The longer you walk, more pain you will feel. And the pain will go away as soon as you stop exercising.
  • Mineral deficiency-inadequate supply of potassium, calcium or magnesium can lead to muscle cramps. Some medication like diuretics can break down the mineral balance in your body and contribute to muscle cramps.


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