Last Modified on Jul 29, 2014
Treating muscle cramps requires a multi-tiered approach that includes lifestyle changes, dietary changes and nutritional supplements. Regulating the activity level and eating a balanced diet with plenty of water supports effective functioning and eliminates many symptoms of muscle cramping. Additionally, specific supplements deliver important nutrients to the body and prevent cramps.
What is a Muscle Cramp?
A muscle cramp is defined as the sudden, involuntary contraction of one or more of the muscles. This contraction typically renders the muscle useless and can be quite painful. A hard lump of muscle tissue may also develop beneath the skin following a muscle cramp.
Several factors contribute to muscle cramps. Overuse, dehydration, muscle strain and inactivity are several of the primary causes of cramps. Inadequate blood supply, mineral depletion and nerve compression may also contribute to the condition.
Natural Remedies for Muscle Spasms and Cramping
With a variety of causes, muscle cramps also have a variety of treatments. Effective treatment regimens often incorporate increasing or possibly even decreasing exercise, increasing daily water intake and balancing the diet. Additionally, supplements including potassium, magnesium and sodium are also important for regulating cramps.
Potassium is an important factor in the function of the muscles and nerves. Potassium is an electrolyte that aids in the electrical exchanges in the body. Adding additional potassium to the diet reduces the risk of cramping by facilitating the effective functioning of the muscles.
Magnesium functions in much the same way as potassium. Magnesium is an important electrolyte that helps regulate nerve signals in the body. When taken in the appropriate proportion, magnesium helps prevent and even reduce the risk of cramps.
Sodium is actually the electrolyte of most concern when it comes to muscle cramps. Sodium helps regulate and promote the balance of the body’s natural fluid levels. Taking sodium or adding sodium to the diet helps maintain an appropriate level of fluids in the body and, in turn, prevents cramping.
Muscle cramps range in intensity and can elevate to a medical emergency fairly quickly. As such, maintaining an effective balance that prevents cramping is important. Natural treatments can help establish and preserve this balance.
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Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- A Bar of Soap
- Acupressure Points
- ACV, Baking Soda, Aloe, Apple Juice
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Water
- Aspirin and Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc
- Baking Soda
- Bar of Soap
- Blackstrap Molasses
- Buffered Salt
- Candied Ginger Slices
- Cayenne Pepper
- Cold Showers
- Dietary and Herbal Suggestions
- Epsom Salts
- Horse Chestnut Root
- Hydrigen Peroxide
- Hydrocortisone Cream
- Hydrogen Peroxide Inhalation
- Hydrogen Peroxide Topically
- Ivory Soap
- Lobelia, Trace Minerals
- Magnesium and Dill Pickle Every Day
- Multiple Remedies
- Pickle Juice
- Point Toes To Nose
- Quinine Water
- Remedies Needed
- The Cell Salt Magnesium Phos.
- The String Method
- Tonic Water
- Tonic Water With Quinine
- Vitamin E, Calcium, Magnesium
- Vitamins C, D and E
- Wear Socks to Bed
- White Vinegar
[YEA] I use a bar of soap to help from getting woken up by leg cramps, works great for that. Put it directly under bottom sheet and change every month or so.
I am still looking for something for my constant RLS. Will be trying a couple of things from this site.
[YEA] Cramps in your legs
Crazy time to get cramps.. Usually when I am sleeping..Middle of night or just before dauwn,, thats when I stretch.. Most of the time if i stand up, right away.. they stop. BUT IF I do not. O sh_ _..The Best thing that works is to pinch your upper lip with two fingers, and hold..., Hold for a while even if the lip hurts, You can bite your upper lip that will work also..
I am told another remedy, but never tried it.. Pinch the Opening between your Big toe and the one next to it.. Pinch where the toes go into the foot. Pinch hard and hold.