Cramps are, simply involuntary and lasting musclecontractions in our body. Every muscle that we can move voluntarily may cramp,causing us temporary pain and discomfort, making us unable to move it or returnit to its relaxed shape. The cramp may last just a few second or it may lastfor hours depending on the muscle or the situation causing it. Besides muscles,various organs in our body can succumb to a cramp. This article will considerrelieving cramp pain and reducing, or reverting, the cramping process of crampsaffecting skeletal muscles.
In most cases cramps may be stopped and prevented by merestretching of the muscle involved. Whether it is some of our leg muscles or theones in our hand, all we need to do at the moments when a cramp is emerging isto press either our hand onto the wall or lean our entire body on it in orderto stretch the affected leg muscles. Flexing the ankles may also help.
Massage is an excellent remedy, even more if followed byexposing the muscle to warm compression or liquid. Thus taking a warm showermay reduce the remaining symptoms of a cramp and help relax the muscles. Hydration,liquid intake, that is it may be crucial since lack of fluid in one’s system isknown to increase the possibility of these muscle fits.
If the cramps are regular and persistent, they might becaused by another underlying condition, especially if these treatmentsmentioned above fail to help with doing away with them. In such cases, oneshould concentrate on curing him or herself from that disease and mostprobably, the cramps, acting as side-effects or symptoms, may fade as well. Forsome muscle disorders causing cramps, Botox injections are known to be atemporary, but highly effective remedy.
During regular exercising or sport activity, one must besure to drink suffice amounts of water before, during and after the activitysince, quite often cramps are caused by liquid deficiency in our muscles andorganism as well as by dehydration.
Additionally, numerous vitamin, mineral or any other substancedeficiency we might have the possible cause of reoccurring cramps. Thus,intaking of those through adequate nutrition rich with fruit, fibers, grains,proteins as well as fat is crucial. Lack of calcium, magnesium and vitamin Eare the most frequent causes of muscle cramps, especially those which strike usduring sleep or muscle relaxation.
Having all that said, proper nutrition, regular exercisewith adequate water intake as well as normal sleeping and resting habits ensurea life with minimal danger from muscle cramps.