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Causes Of Muscle Cramps And How To Treat It

1. An involuntary, spasmodic muscle contraction causing severe pain.
2. Temporary partial paralysis of habitually or excessively used muscles.
Cramps Spasmodic contractions of the uterus, such as those occurring during menstruation or labor, usually causing pain in the abdomen that may radiate to the lower back and thighs.
There are different types of cramps that can be classified as muscle, leg, stomach and so etc.
But in this article, we are going to look at muscle cramps and it causes and also how to prevent such cramp from occurring to the human body.
What is muscle cramp?
A muscle cramp is an involuntarily and forcibly contracted muscle that does not relax. Muscle cramps are very common and ‘cramp’ is usually taken to mean ‘a spasmodic, painful, involuntary contraction of skeletal muscle’. This transient, involuntary episode of pain is usually brief may for a minute or 10.
If you haven’t strained a muscle, you’re probably cramping because your muscle is fatigued or overused, because your body is dehydrated, or because you’re not getting enough electrolytes, such as potassium or magnesium.
Cramps can be caused by :


This is an addiction to the consumption of alcoholic drink; alcohol dependency. Alcoholism or alcohol dependence is defined by the American Medical Association (AMA) as “a primary, chronic disease with genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations which may gradually contribute to the rise of cramps.


This is the abnormally low activity of the thyroid gland, resulting in retardation of growth and mental development in children and adults. Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormone. This condition is often called underactive thyroid which relates to the rising or occurring of cramps.

or diabetes
Diabetes may also give rise to the formation of cramps and proper treatment must be adopted.


Relax the cramping muscle. Stop any activity that may have induced the cramp and lightly stretch the muscle, gently holding the stretch. You may even massage the muscle while or after you stretch, and maybe apply a heating pad as described below, to the area after stretching.


Sarah Thompson, a doula, and acupuncturist at Sacred Vessel Acupuncture said that the first recommendation for patients with leg cramps should be magnesium. Magnesium has been suggested for treating pregnant women’s muscle cramps, but more studies are needed.
Now to the pregnant women, please do communicate with your doctor before taking any supplements. Anyone who regularly has leg cramps that are not related to a more serious condition should try adding more magnesium to his or her diet always. Nuts and seeds are excellent sources of magnesium.

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