Sometimes as simple as heat or massage can strong-
Place an electric heating pad or a hot washcloth on the misbehaving muscle to relax the cramp and increase blood flow to the affected tissue. Set the pad on low, apply for 20 minutes, then remove it for at least 20 minutes before reapplying.
Take a long, warm shower, or soak in the bath. For added relief, pour in a half-
Press Out Pain
Find the epicenter of the cramp. Press into this spot with your thumb, the heel of your hand, or a loosely clenched fist. Hold the pressure for 10 seconds, ease up for 10 seconds, then press again. You're doing it right if you feel some discomport, but not excruciating pain. After a number of repetitions, the pain from the cramp should start to diminish.
Rub It In
Mix 1 part wintergreen oil with 4 parts vegetable oil, and massage it into the cramp. Wintergreen contains methyl salicylate (related to aspirin), which relieves pain and stimulates blood flow. You can use this mixture several times a day, but not with a heating pad -
Banish Nighttime Leg Cramps
Before bed, drink a glass of tonic water, which contains quinine, a popular remedy for leg cramps. Research has supported the use of quinine for nocturnal leg cramps, but don't take quinine tablets; they can have serious side effects, such as ringing in the ears and disturbed vision. The FDA has banned the sale of the tablets.
To prevent nighttime calf cramps, try not to sleep with your toes pointed. And don't tuck in your sheets too tighly -
Take 400 to 800 IU of vitamin Eto prevent nocturnal leg cramps. Studies suggest that taking vitamin E improves blood flow through the arteries.
Mind Your Minerals
Low level of minerals known as electrolytes -
If you change your diet and you still get cramps, take 500 milligrams of calcium and 500 milligrams of magnesium twice a day, for a total of 1,000 milligrams of each supplement. Some of people who get leg cramps due to a magnesium deficiency find fast relief from taking supplements. Don't take magnesium without calcium; the two minerals work as a pair.
Drink Your Fill
Cramps are often caused by dehydration, so if you're getting frequent cramps, drink more water.
If you tend to get cramps during exercise, drink at least 2 cups of water two hours before each workout. Then stop and drink 4 to 8 ounces every 10 to 20 minutes during exercise sessions. If you're sweating a lot, consider a sports drink, such as a Gatorade, that replaces lost sodium and other electrolytes.
Muscle cramps are usually temporary and don't cause permanent damage. But give your doctor a call if the cramp or spasm last for more than a day, or if it continues to bother you despite trying home remedies. And call immediately if the spasm occurs in the lower back or neck and is accompanied by pain that radiates down your leg or into your arm, or if abdominal cramps occur in the lower-
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