Leg cramps are the worst, especially at night when you’re trying to get some much-needed sleep. Nothing ruins a good night’s rest like sudden pain shooting through your calf or thigh muscle. But fear not, my fellow cramp-sufferers! There are plenty of ways to relieve leg cramp pain and prevent it from happening in the future.
What Causes Leg Cramps?
Before we dive into how to stop leg cramps, let’s first talk about what causes them. Leg cramps occur when your muscles involuntarily contract and refuse to release. This can happen for a number of reasons including:
- Electrolyte imbalances
- Overusing muscles
- Prolonged sitting or standing
Now that we know why our legs decide to spasm uncontrollably, let’s discuss how we can make them stop.
Hydrate Or Suffer
Dehydration is one of the main culprits behind leg cramps. Remember: If you don’t drink enough water throughout the day, then prepare yourself for painful nighttime endeavours as dehydrated muscles tend to be more prone towards contraction than keep fuller ones.
Stretch It Out
The most effective way of relieving a leg cramped beyond belief is stretching it out…duh! Try this stretch technique (while laughing may help too)
1) Sit down on the ground with both legs straightened out in front of you.
2) Grab onto toes on one foot (let’s call him Leftie) with “Righty” hand.
3) Pull Leftie toes towards knee until you feel a stretch in your hamstring muscle group along backside shin bone
4) Hold this position for 15 seconds; remember people any longer than this will have strangers question whether they need an ambulance;
5) Repeat entire process with Right foot.
Do Some Yoga
Yoga is not just for hippies and people who wear socks with sandals. It’s a great way to relax your muscles and improve flexibility so you don’t have another leg cramp episode any time soon. Poses like the Cobra, Downward Dog or even Corpse Pose are perfect for getting blood flowing through your legs without putting too much pressure on them.
Extra Tip: You can’t get a leg cramp if you’re always doing yoga!
Magnesium: The Cramps’ Nemesis
Magnesium deficiency may cause muscle spasms and twitching in various parts of body such as arms (ask Tina’s Zumba instructor). There are many sources available that have magnesium compounds, but keep in mind that overdosing can result in diarrhea, low blood pressure manifestation or irregular heart rate rhythm – all side-effects hardly worth suffering from a potential remedy for muscle tension syndromes such as our arch-nemesis calf-cramping; consumed dose needs to be within healthy suggested range
Acupuncture isn’t carried out by inserting needles into areas where we feel pain (e.g., local area of calf which suffers major contraction) but instead its practitioners reach reflexology points along body medians.socalled meridians — Don‘t ask what they mean! Laughter is good – it helps ease soreness while acupuncture works wonders at untangling tethered nerves leading up until point sufferance shown.
Leg cramps freaking suck, there’s no two ways about it. But now armed with these tips (pun intended) you’re ready to fight back against involuntary muscle contractions with everything from hydration & relaxation techniques including yoga poses going forward into life knowing that nothing–not even pesky night-time disturbances causing extreme discomfort mainly concentrated around the calves region anywhere between 5 minutes-u/d finish line–can bring us down. So get stretching & hydrating people – you won’t regret it.
Hey there, I’m Dane Raynor, and I’m all about sharing fascinating knowledge, news, and hot topics. I’m passionate about learning and have a knack for simplifying complex ideas. Let’s explore together!
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