Cramping is a common phenomenon. Everyone, at some point in their life, has to deal with this phenomenon. However, when a cramp does occur, sometimes we feel like it’s the end of the world and we won’t be able to move in our lifetime. But then, in such moments, what to do? Here are some tips that might help you relieve a cramp.
Of course, it’s not easy to stretch when a cramp occurs. Still, stretching can be an effective solution when your muscles are contracting. More explicitly, when a muscle is cramped, it means that it accumulates a certain amount of calcium which contracts it. Therefore, stretching the muscle in question will provide pain relief by removing the muscle spasm. To do this, perform passive flexion by raising the foot and pulling on the toes.
Massage yourself with essential oil or plants
Certain plants (like Solomon’s seal or juniper) and certain essential oils (like peppermint or spruce) have effective properties to fight against cramps. Indeed, these plants and essential oils have analgesic, anti-inflammatory and heating effects. To perform the massage, apply the essential oil or a gel from the plant to the painful area. Then make circular movements for the massage.
If you suffer from repeated cramps, it is also possible to relieve the pain by drinking water. The more you hydrate, the more you will eliminate toxins present in the muscle. In this way, you will also reduce the excitability of the nerves in the muscle. The ideal is to drink at least 1.5 liters of water per day. This amount should increase if you engage in strenuous physical activity. Also, you should focus on waters with a high magnesium content.
There are also grandma’s remedies to relieve cramps. Among these remedies, you can do a magnesium and potassium cure. For this, consume frequently honey, chocolate and bananas as these foods are rich in potassium and magnesium. Besides, you can also use cranberry peel, juice it and drink a cup of it when cramps appear. After about twenty minutes, your cramps should go away.
So here are some tips that could help you relieve your cramps, whether they are repetitive or not. Also, you should know that today it is possible to prevent cramps by hydrating yourself properly, warming up the muscles before physical exertion and stretching after that.