Common Reasons For Muscle Cramps
Cramped muscles are simply muscles that can’t relax for some time. It happens involuntarily, you can’t control it.
Muscle cramps are extremely common. Almost everyone gets one during their lifetime.
Most cramps occur after exercising too much or without stretching. These types of cramps are called ‘true cramps’. There is another type of cramp, a ‘rest cramp’.
Annoying as muscle cramps are, they usually don’t last long and they’re easy to prevent and fix when you do get one.
Follow the home remedies in this article to find out how to prevent or fix a cramped muscle.
10 Simple Home Remedies For Muscle Cramps
#1. Special Exercises
If the cramp is in your calf, then there is a special kind of stretch that you can do to relieve yourself from the cramp. Keep your leg with the cramp in it straight.
Hold your foot by the toes, or a little farther up your foot if you can’t get a good enough grip, and slowly pull your leg towards you. This is an excellent natural remedy to relieve the cramp. If it doesn’t work the first time, try it again.
#2. Stay Hydrated
Cramps are more likely to happen when you are dehydrated. Drink water often when you exercise to avoid cramps. A healthy person should drink at least eight glasses of water a day to keep hydrated.
When you exercise vigorously, you need to drink more than that just to stay hydrated. Keep track of how much water you drink, and make sure that it’s a lot.
One common natural home remedy to prevent cramps is to use salt. You don’t even need to eat salt. Just by simply putting salt into your socks when you sleep, you can help to prevent cramps.
If you regularly get leg cramps for what seems like no good reason, then this might be one easy cure that can help you.
Cramps happen more often when it is very warm outside or indoors. Ice is one of the best natural home remedies that helps to cool you down. When ice is applied directly to the cramp it can loosen the muscles and help them to relax.
Doing this as soon as you can after you get a cramp can help to get rid of it right away. If you can still move without hurting yourself, try to apply the ice while you stretch. This will do even more to help.
#5. Cold Water
If the cramp is in your leg, then cold water might be the way to help. Put your feet into cold water. Your body will know to relax your leg muscles when you do this. This is a simple and fast natural cure to relieve a leg cramp.
#6. Take A Warm Shower
Taking warm showers or baths can help to relax your muscles. If you do this when you have a cramp, it should help get rid of it.
If you do this after you get rid of a cramp, then it should help to make sure that it doesn’t occur again right away. If you are not near a shower, try applying warm water to the area.
#7. Pickle Juice
Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, pickle juice is a great way to relieve cramps. Drink a glass of pickle juice and feel your pain fade away. The pain and cramping should last no longer than two minutes after finishing the juice.
#8. Rubbing Alcohol
Rubbing alcohol is great at relaxing muscles. Simply rub the rubbing alcohol on the cramped area. This should make the cramp go away.
If you have a cut on the cramped area as well, it may burn a little. You might want to avoid trying this if you have sensitive skin as well.
#9. Apple Cider Vinegar
Another home remedy you can try drinking to relieve a cramp is apple cider vinegar. Mix some apple cider vinegar with water and drink it. This will not taste very good either, but it will help. The cramp should vanish soon afterwards.
#10. Coconut Oil & Cayenne Pepper
Whether you need to get rid of a cramp right away, or if you want to prevent a cramp, you can use this solution. Heat up enough coconut oil to cover the cramped area, and then add in a tablespoon of cayenne pepper.
Once it is mixed and warmed up (make sure not to make it so hot that it’ll burn you) put it on your skin and massage it into the area thoroughly. This should get rid of the cramp.
Hopefully you find these natural remedies useful for getting rid of your muscle cramps.
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