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Newsletter From Venti Chiropractic & Sports Health.

November 8, 2010 by  

Muscle Cramps

  Unfortunately, the exact cause of muscle cramping is largely unknown. Researchers believe that there are many factors which may be contributory to cramping such as:

Have you ever experienced a sudden, tight and intense pain caused by a muscle locked in

spasm? Have you ever been woken up by muscle contractions that you can’t stop? If you

answered yes, then you are like most people who have experienced muscle cramps. A cramp is an involuntary and forcibly contracted muscle that does not relax. They can affect almost any muscle but are most common in those which cross two joints. Most commonly cramps affect the calf, front of the thigh and back of the thigh. Cramps vary in intensity from a slight tic to an agonizing pain and tend to vary in duration from a few seconds to fifteen minutes.

Causes:

· Inadequate stretching Muscle fatigue Working in intense heat Dehydration Depletion of Salt and Minerals Structural Disorders (ie: Flat Feet) Prolonged sitting Just about everyone will experience muscle cramps at some point in their life. It can happen when you do any form of exercise. It can also happen while you sit, walk, or sleep. Some people are predisposed to muscle cramps and get them regularly with any physical exertion. Those at greatest risk are infants and young children, people over 65, and those who are ill, overweight, or use drugs or certain medications. Cramps are also very common in people who overexert themselves and in endurance athletes. Don’t be fooled though, cramps can affect anyone! Cramps usually go away and do not require medical attention. Consider the following tips to reduce the chances of experiencing cramps: Stop doing the activity that caused the cramping! Drink six to eight glasses of water daily to prevent dehydration Gently stretch the cramping muscle, holding it in the stretched position until the cramp Take a hot shower or warm bath while you’re cramping Stretch regularly throughout the day and in the evening before bedtime Apply heat to tense/tight muscles and cold to sore/tender muscles Wear proper footwear with adequate support Keep blankets loose at the foot of the bed to limit nocturnal cramps Work towards better overall fitness

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Less common causes of cramping include diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, hypoglycemia, anemia, thyroid and endocrine disorders as well as the use of some medications.

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Treatment and Prevention:

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