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FAQ's For Cramps


Drink water, use a hot or cold compress, take OTC pain relievers and stretch out the affected muscle group for immediate cramp relief.

Supplements of calcium and magnesium are helpful in preventing cramps. However for instant pain relief, OTC pain relievers should do the job.

Drink lots of water. Foods like mint, ginger and tofu are said to help with cramp relief.

Common causes of cramps are dehydration, low blood supply due to exercise, and low levels of minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium in the body.

Use a hot compress to relieve pain. Take OTC pain relievers and do some light stretching before bed to prevent cramping.

Muscle cramps are involuntary spasms in the muscles which cause intense pain. They commonly occur in the back of the lower leg, front of the thigh, back of the thigh, abdominal wall, arms, hands, and feet. Cramps last up to 15 minutes and are often accompanied by a bulging lump of muscle tissue.
Common causes of cramps include:
• Dehydration, or lack of fluids in the body can cause intense muscle cramps
• Deficiency in minerals like magnesium, calcium, sodium and potassium can prevent healthy muscle function
• Low blood supply due to physical activity and exercise often cause abdominal muscle cramps. It can also cause cramps in specific areas during workouts of those particular muscle groups.
Other causes include:
• Spinal nerve compression
• Kidney failure
• Alcoholism
• Pregnancy
• Hypothyroidism
There are several treatment methods used in cramp relief. Some common remedies include:

Hot compress using a heating pad or hot cloth
Cold compress using an ice pack or cold cloth
Stretching and light yoga
OTC pain relievers like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin IB, Advil)

Muscle relaxers
Supplements of calcium and magnesium
Staying hydrated during physical exercise
The best practices to employ in order to prevent muscle cramps are:
Stretch and warm up properly before beginning exercises or physical activity
Avoid exercise right after meals
Lower caffeine intake
Drink enough liquids to avoid dehydration
Increase calcium and potassium intake
Talk to your doctor or nutritionist about taking vitamin and mineral supplements
HerbsDaily offers a wide range of supplements like calcium and magnesium that help cramps.