The other night I received a very painful cramp in my calf if you ever had night cramps you know that are painful and can keep you awake from your slumber. The next 24hrs I found it hard to put any pressure on that leg and found my calf muscle to be very stiff.
So I decided to do a little research on night cramps, see if there is anything that I could do to help.
There is no real reason to why we get them, there are many theories which include overuse of the muscle, dehydration, ageing, muscle strain, lack of magnesium and potassium.
Cramps could be underlying to other medical conditions for example diabetes, or nerve, liver or thyroid disorders.
For the ladies that may be reading this post, it could be a sign that you are with child has leg cramps can occur during pregnancy.
If you do suffer from cramps on a regular basis, or if they last longer than 10 minutes if they keep you from sleeping at night to seek medical advice.
Things that we can do to help reduce the chances of leg cramps during the night:
- Avoid dehydration drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Fluids help your muscle contract and relax and keep the muscle cells hydrated and less irritable.
- Stretch your muscle. Stretch before and after you use any muscle for an extended period. If you tend to have leg cramps at night, stretch before bedtime.
If you get a cramp in your leg things to do to relieve the pain:
- Stretch and massage. Stretch the cramped muscle and gently rub it to help it relax. For a calf cramp, put your weight on your cramped leg and bend your knee slightly. If you’re unable to stand, sit on the floor or in a chair with your affected leg extended.Try pulling the top of your foot on the affected side toward your head while your leg remains in a straightened position. This will also help ease a back thigh (hamstring) cramp.
- Apply heat or cold. Use a warm towel or heating pad on tense or tight muscles. Taking a warm bath or directing the stream of a hot shower onto the cramped muscle also can help. Alternatively, massaging the cramped muscle with ice may relieve pain.
The other day when I suffered from my leg cramp I felt that I couldn’t workout on it, but I did keep on moving, I don’t want to stiffen up so going for a walk helped ease the pain for me.
Please feel free to comment below with your thoughts. Today- Joseph Richard Tanner