Symptoms of Muscle Cramps
A cramped muscle
causes pain so it inhibits the ability
to move the affected and associated
body parts. A cramp pain does not usually
endure for more than a few minutes,
and often it lasts for only a matter
of seconds. The severity of the pain
ranges from mild to extreme. The muscle
may remain tender for approximately
24 hours after it relaxes from a cramp.
A large amount of cramp cases occur
during resting periods, and they typically
occur during the night. They may disrupt
sleep and can become a distressing condition
if sleep is regularly disturbed.
Stretching and massaging the
affected muscle can usually relieve
an attack of muscle cramps. Most cramps
subside without any special treatment.
One of the simplest remedies that can
be used to relieve nocturnal leg cramps
is to stretch the affected leg straight
out and point the toes upward. Immediately
standing up and walking a few steps
may also shorten the duration of a cramp.
For individuals who are experiencing
cramps in fingers and hands, pressing
the palm on a table or floor and stretching
the hand can provide relief. Ice packs
may also help to relax muscles and alleviate
cramps. Try some of the following natural
cures to treat leg cramps.
Vitamins and Minerals
diet is calcium-deficient, you may be
prone to developing cramps. Include
calcium-rich foods in your diet such
as skim milk, nonfat yogurt, cheese,
fortified foods such as juice and cereal,
broccoli, Chinese cabbage, and tofu.
Take calcium supplements after consulting
a doctor. Also, include adequate quantities
of potassium and magnesium in your diet.
Eat a banana each day as it is a very
rich source of potassium. Additional
sources of potassium are tomatoes, potatoes,
broccoli, cantaloupe, oranges, and grapefruit.
The daily calcium requirement is 1200
milligrams, potassium is 100 milligrams,
and magnesium is 400 milligrams. Vitamins
E and A are also believed to aid in
Essential oils of lavender, chamomile,
and tarragon are believed to have antispasmodic
and relaxing properties. Applying a
few drops of either of these essential
oils onto the affected area can help
to relieve cramps.