Monday, August 25, 2008

Leg Cramps Quick tip

A cramp is a painful spasm of the muscle, usually in the calf, but sometimes in the foot. Cramps may develop after prolonged exercise, particularly in hot conditions.Lack of salt is one well recognized cause of cramps. Poor circulation is another, and pregnant women are also particularly prone to cramp.

One of the most distressing forms of cramp is nocturnal (night) cramps, which often wake the sufferer, who usually elderly people. These can be often be prevented by taking quinine, either in tablet form or by drinking tonic water. Sleeping with the legs bent may also help.

Relieving cramps - Stretch the muscle. When the calf is affected, pull your toes towards you, massaging the muscle at the same time. Although they are extremely painful, leg cramps are more of a nuisance than anything else.


Jeff Iversen said...

Leg cramps at night are usually a sign that you are not getting enough magnesium in your diet. Calcium is not only good for bones but it is responsible for muscle contractions. Magnesium is necessary for muscle relaxation. 300-800 mg. of Magnesium per day should should eliminate the cramping at night. You will be amazed.

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