Happy Friday Friends!!!
We made it once again.
Ever since game 1 of the NBA finals, when Lebron James, one of the biggest names in basketball, had to get carried off the court because of killer cramps, I knew I wanted to address cramps on my blog. Today is the lucky day. We will be education ourselves on cramps, where they come from, what cause them, how to prevent them and much much more.
Let’s dive in!
What are cramps?
Cramps are a painful involuntary contraction of muscle or muscles, usually caused by fatigue or strain – http://www.wiki.com
Possible Causes of cramps
- Poor blood circulation in legs
- Overexertion of calf muscle while exercising
- Insufficient stretching before exercising
- Exercising in heat
- Muscle fatigue
- Magnesium and/or potassium deficiency
- Calcium deficiency in pregnant women
- Malfunctioning nerves, which could be caused by a spinal cord injury or pinched nerve in neck or back
Some underlining medical conditions that are linked to cramps are
- Inadequate blood supply – narrowing of the arteries that deliver blood to the legs can produce cramps usually go away after exercising
- Nerve compression – compression of the nerves in your spine can produce cramp like sensations in your legs. The pain increases when you walk
- Mineral Depletion – Inadequate potassium, calcium, or magnesium can contribute to leg cramps
- Diuretics – medicine that is usually prescribed for high blood pressure can also deplete these important minerals – mayoclinic
Muscle Cramp Risk Factors
Factors that may increase your risk of muscle cramps are
- Age – as you age you loose muscle mass, the remaining muscle can get over stressed easier
- Dehydration – Athletes who are fatigued and dehydrated while participating in “warm weather” sports can develop muscle cramps
- Pregnancy – Muscle cramps are very common during pregnancy
- Medical Conditions – You may have a higher risk of muscle cramps if you have diabetes, nerve, liver, or thyroid disorders – Mayo Clinic
What are Charlie Horse Cramps
These particular cramps are caused by muscle spasms, involuntary contractions of one or more muscles
You could be relaxing or exercising when it happens. The muscles in your calf, feet, or thighs suddenly become hard, tight, and extremely painful for a few seconds or minutes then it the pain dissipates
Charlie Horses can attack the front and back of thighs, hands, arms, abdomens, and muscles along the rib cage
Almost everyone has experienced these painful muscle cramps, which usually come without warning – http://www.webmd.com
How to prevent muscle cramps
- Avoid dehydration
- Stretch your muscles
- Light exercise before beg like a stationary bike
Now that I’ve filled your heads with facts about cramps here comes the fun stuff:
Natural Home Remedies to eradicate cramps
- Baking soda – Add a teaspoon of baking soda in 8oz water and drink. Cramps should be gone within minutes
- Yellow Mustard – Eat 1 tbs of mustard before bedtime
- Ice – Place ice on cramping any muscles
- Apple cider vinegar- 3 tbs apple cider vinegar + 1/2 cup OJ at bedtime can prevent calf and foot cramps. The vinegar reduces body acidity
- Tonic Water – Drinking tonic water helps prevent cramps. Tonic water contains quinine and keeps you hydrated – found at http://www.healing.about.com
That’s all today folks!
We will discuss those dreaded menstrual cramps next week.
Enjoy your weekend