Today’s Health Tip ~ What Causes Muscle Cramps?

Don’t Want Muscle Cramps – What You Can Do

Various factors can contribute to muscle cramps, including launching into an intense exercise regimen without warming up or stretching and then overusing a muscle. Exercise-related muscle cramps are more common than cramps that aren’t related to exercise, says Mark A. W. Andrews, director of physiology at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine located on the campus of Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

But a lack of muscle use and decreased muscle mass can mean any stress put on the muscle is more likely to result in that muscle cramping. As a result, as people age and muscle and nerve function declines, cramps – including those that aren’t related to exercise – can occur more frequently. Dehydration can increase the chances of cramping as well. Certain conditions like diabetes and thyroid problems, as well as deficiencies in minerals such as potassium, magnesium or calcium can also increase the likelihood of muscle cramps.

Quick Tips to Relive the Cramp

  1. Stitch the muscle.
  2. Massage the muscle
  3. Apply heat
  4. Hydrate
  5. Consider supplements (B vitamins, calcium, magnesium)


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