Muscle spasms can be very unpleasant and painful. They appear during exercise or if our body has been in a very bad position for a long time. Spasms can also occur due to dehydration, overload of muscles, fatigue or stress. If your cramps occur during sleep and in situations where there is no obvious reason to cause them the problem can be in the nervous system, which sends the signal to the muscles to spasm.
Muscle cramps differ in intensity in the range – from mild twitch or tic to severe pain that can bring tears to your eyes. The twisted muscle is hard as a stone a few seconds to a few minutes or longer and then it relaxes. The most common muscle spasms are the neck, back, and leg cramps.
Here are some tips on how to treat your muscle spasms naturally.
What Can You Do When You Get Muscle Spasms?
First aid to cramping can be warm compresses. Put a dry towel, which should be pre-warmed or a thermophore on the painful place and it will help your muscles relax. Do not keep the compress for more than 20 minutes. A warm bath or long-lasting shower with warm water can also help. For even better effect, add half a cup of Epsom salt in your bath. The magnesium can help you relax and relieve the pain.
Another great method is acupressure. Just find the epicenter of pain, press it firmly with your thumb and hold for about ten seconds. If you do it right, you feel slight discomfort on the point you put pressure on, but not a sharp pain. After several repetitions, the muscle cramp should withdraw.
Low levels of electrolytes in blood that include sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium can be the cause of frequent cramps. Try to enrich your diet with foods that contain these electrolytes, such as nuts, legumes, whole grains, bananas, melons oranges and, of course, dairy products. To reduce cramps during exercise, drink two glasses of water before each training session and half a glass every 15 minutes of exercise.
An important rule for those who get cramps too often- do not allow dehydration of the organism. Drink (if there is no contraindication due to the heart or kidney) at least two liters of fluid per day, and on warm and hot weather two and a half liters tap or mineral non-carbonated water.