Muscle cramps are common, but usually avoidable if you follow these simple tips to maintain healthy muscle function.
Muscle cramps are powerful, involuntary, painful spasms of a muscle. They occur most commonly in the calf, hamstring or foot. Whilst cramps most often fix themselves after a few moments as the muscle relaxes, many people have regular, recurring cramps. Regular cramping can be a sign of an underlying disease or ongoing nutritional deficiency. Rest assured if you cramp regularly, your condition may be treated using the below tips.
The definitive cause of the muscle spasms we call ‘cramps’ are not fully understood. Muscle spasms are usually a sign that the cramping muscle is under excess stress, heat or lacking key nutrients. If you are cramping regularly, there could be a number of contributing factors:
Any or all of the above factors can lead to irregular muscle function, which increases the chance of spasm / cramp.
In looking at the above risk factors, you can reduce your risk of cramping by trying the following tips:
We usually don’t spare muscle cramps a second thought until the muscle is already spasming and we are clutching the effected limb in agony. Use the below tips to shorten the severity and duration of cramps.