We’ve all had it happen the dreaded cramp. Lying in bed or sitting still too long and bang, cramp!! So what can we do about it other than suffering?
Reasons for cramping:
- Chemical imbalance
- Sleep deprivation
- Muscle strains
- Holding a position too long
Do any of the above apply to you? If so what are some easy ways to fix these issues? Well, I will first start off that if you are having severe cramping anywhere for any extended amount of time you might want to see your doctor asap. While cramping can usually subside with massage, or stretching the affected area when it becomes extreme or often seek out medical help.
Ways to prevent common cramping:
- Stretch the muscle
- Massage the affected area
- Drink some electrolytes
So you’re having a leg or calf cramp, the easiest way to ease the issue is to flex your toes toward you. This is the same with most cramping. If you have it in your bicep, extend your arm and flex your tricep and the cramping should subside. Remember with cramping you may have to repeat your stretching for a few times, try to hold each stretch for at least 30 secs to give the affected area a break.
Along with stretching or should I say as your stretching, drink some water. Lack of hydration is a common thing when it comes to cramping. Along with hydration, I say get some electrolytes in you, here is a list. (While power drinks are good they do pack extra sugar, that I personally like to steer clear of.)
How has your sleeping been? Have you ever woke up with a cramp? Cramping is one way your body tells you that you may not be getting enough rest. The body needs 7-8 hours of rest a day on average and if you’re not getting it, the cramping may be your wake up call. Try to relax before bed, take a bath or long shower. My number one tip put the phone down and turn off the TV! Close your eyes and try to relax the body.
Another great way to subdue the cramping is to massage the affected area, promoting good circulation. Poor circulation is a common reason for cramping. Massage the affected area for just a few minutes using long low-pressure strokes, if you press too hard you could cause another cramp. Don’t forget to visit your therapist ;).
Cramping is a common thing, it is going to happen at some point but as I always say be proactive. Prevention is possible if you simply drink lots of water each day and stretch daily, especially after a good workout. By simply following these simple rules you should avoid the dreaded cramp!
Remember to invest in your health your therapist and body will thank you for it!!