Muscle cramps are sudden contractions of one or more muscles. The result is intense pain and inability to use the affected muscles. People also call them tendrils.
The most common causes of muscle cramps in athletes is represented by strain and dehydration during physical activity performed in an overheated environment. Blows, muscular effort and maintaining the same position for a long time can cause muscle cramps.
Also, this symptom is often caused by lack of potassium that can result from an electrolyte imbalance. Another reason could be the lack of hesperidine (bioflavonoid called Vitamin P – antioxidant that contributes to normal functioning of blood vessels). This substance is found naturally in the composition of nutrients in combination with vitamin C. Bioflavonoids, such as: flavonoids, citrine, quercetin, etc are essential to treat leg cramps that start at night.
Writer’s cramp affects the thumb and first two fingers on their hand used to write for a long time because of the same muscle groups. At home, cramps may occur in hand or arm by using a brush or gardening tools for a long time. Other causes of cramps include circulatory or nerve problems. Some cramps occur during rest. A common form of cramps occur in the calf and toes during sleep.
Preventive measures for muscle spasms
To prevent cramps or cramps occurrence is recommended to:
– Avoid dehydration: it is required drink a quantity of liquid (water or other beverages) corresponding to at least six glasses a day. Exact amount depends on diet, sex, activity level, weather, health, age and medications administered. Fluids help muscles to contract and relax and keep muscle cells hydrated and less irritable. It’s best to consume fluids before exercise, during exercise and after it, to prevent fluid loss.
– Stretching exercises before and after long use of any muscle groups. In patients whose seizures occur at night is recommended stretching exercises before bed.
Methods to eliminate muscle spasms
In case of cramp, these actions may be helpful:
– Stretching and massage: stretching and massage of affected muscles can help to relax. If you have cramps in the calves is recommended to support weight on the affected leg and slightly bend the knee or leg foot with dorsal flexion (pulling the toes towards the shin).
– Application of hot or cold: Use a cold compress to relax tense muscles, followed by applying a warm towel, a electrical blanket or a hot bath for the elimination of pain or sensation left.
Natural remedies for muscular cramps
* Cramps are relieved by massaging the painful area.
* Maintaining proper hydration levels. After each exercise is recommended to drink water with a small amount of sugar and salt added.
* Some women experience leg cramps in pregnancy type. In this case, is needed a gentle massage of the feet and to keep them a little higher than the trunk.
* Stretching or flexibility exercises before any strenuous physical activity.
* Eat a mixture of two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of honey in a glass of warm water. Honey Vinegar is rich in potassium.
* Drink plenty of fluids. Every day you must consume at least 2 liters of liquid.
* Ice can reduce muscle inflammation if the pain was caused by heat.
* Eat pineapple because it contains an enzyme called bromelain that helps to restore damaged tissue, improving muscle cramp.
Natural treatment for muscle spasms using Calivita products
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