Muscle cramps or spasmsThe vast majority of people

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Muscle cramps or spasms

The vast majority of people have ever suffered from a sudden, involuntary and uncontrollable muscle pain known as cramps or spasms.

Usually, the cramps are related to loss of fluids and minerals (potassium, magnesium and calcium) by constant vomiting or diarrhea, or heavy sweating during exercise.

Although muscle cramps can also be caused by performing some unusual or excessive movement of the muscles and even stay long in the same position (sitting, standing, etc..) It can cause.

Other causes of cramps include exposure to cold, stress, anemia, vitamin E deficiency, diseases (arthritis, atherosclerosis and fibromyalgia) or the use of certain medications such as diuretics.

It is important to note that any muscle cramps can affect the body, but are most common in the calves, thighs, feet and hands.

The people most likely to suffer muscle cramps are the athletes when subjected to intense or prolonged workouts and older adults due to normal muscle loss (atrophy), beginning in the mid-40s and accelerates with inactivity .

Folk Remedies

Remedy for cramps  1 Apply a massage in the opposite direction to the course of pain which gradually stretch the muscle and relax achieved.

Remedy for cramps  2 Wrap the area suffering from cramp with an elastic bandage to reduce pain. However, care must be taken not to bandage too tight, as this can cause bloating.

Remedy for cramps  3 Take an infusion of Ginkgo biloba. To do this, you should boil for 10 minutes, three tablespoons of ginkgo in a cup of water. After that time, remove from heat and drink a cup daily.

Remedy for cramps  4 Bring in your pocket the ankle bone of a hare. (According to popular belief in some regions.)

Remedy for cramps  May Apply several times a day, essential oils like eucalyptus, pine, rosemary or thyme in the affected area as they give a feeling of warmth that helps you relax.

Remedy for cramps  6 Press the upper lip with the index finger and thumb for about thirty seconds (acupressure remedy for leg cramps)

Remedy for cramps  7 Mix a tablespoon of honey and another of apple cider vinegar in a cup of hot water. Drinking to ensure proper distribution of calcium in the body and prevent chronic cramps.

Remedy for cramps 8 Mix a teaspoon of mustard seeds in a liter of water. Boil for 10 minutes and add water in a tub for a bath legs for 20 minutes.

Remedy for cramps  9 Dip the thumb of the right hand with saliva and then make several crosses on the painful. After doing a massage with saliva until the pain has subsided. (As beliefs in parts of Latin America.)

Remedy for cramps 10 Place, to go to bed, shoes and stockings in a cross. (According to popular belief in some parts of Latin America.)

Remedy for cramps  11 Perform a vigorous massage with scattered myrrh tincture with a warm cloth on the affected area.

Remedy for cramps  12 Take twice a day, a glass of water in which there will be ten drops of tea dissolved bay. The discomfort disappear within three days.

Remedy for cramps  13 Start a oak branch and placed between the bed and the mattress (as popular beliefs in some regions.)

Remedy for cramps 14 Apply, in the area with cramps, cloths soaked arnica infusion or apple cider vinegar for 5 minutes. Remove and re-apply if discomfort persists. Arnica relieves pain and stimulates circulation.

Remedy for cramps 15 Crush 20 grams of wormwood, rue 20 and 20 grams of mint and mix with 500 grams of pork fat. Put this preparation to moderate heat to evaporate moisture. Then go through a canvas squeezing hard, and cool. Separate sediment ointment, place over medium heat again and apply on the cramped muscle.

Remedy for cramps  16 Bend the toes downward and upward to relieve foot cramps.

Remedy for cramps  17 Rubbing bumpy area where you feel the cramp with a metal spoon until hot (according to ancient belief).

Remedy for cramps  18 Pour 1 teaspoon baking sodio.en a glass of water. Mix and drink. This remedy is not recommended if you have high blood pressure or water retention.


Some recommendations for people who suffer from muscle cramps are:

Exercising through proper stretching program. Stretching before exercise, is important so that the muscles are less tense and less chance of injury or cramp.

Avoid exercise in extreme heat or cold.

Drinking plentiful amounts delíquido before, during and after prolonged physical activity especially in summer. We suggest mineralized beverages, water and juices based on bananas and apricots.

Provide a healthy diet The likelihood of developing cramps may be reduced if the diet is added to foods that contain vitamin B12, folic acid, vitamin E, niacin, calcium, magnesium and potassium.

Loosen clothing. If you feel a cramp is about to attack, you should loosen tight clothing to give some space to your muscles.

Taking a warm bath before bedtime may increase circulation to the legs and reduce the incidence of night cramps.

Practice relaxation techniques and meditation which helps to reduce the pain associated with muscle cramps and spasms can dissipate.

Perform exercises to strengthen your ankle muscles If you frequently suffer muscle cramps in the ankle area, it is recommended stretching exercises to strengthen these muscles. To do this, you must sit on the floor and have a towel by the heel, while retaining their ends in both hands. Alternately they should try to point the fingers up and down while pulling the towel to his face and legs kept straight. Repeat several times with both feet.

Then, you should lay back with the towel around your foot until you feel stretching the calf muscle. Keep on for 15 seconds and repeat the exercise several times.

Stand on tiptoe. To strengthen your calves, you must lift slowly on toes, and then gradually return to the starting position. Do this exercise at least ten times.

Practice lifting the keyboard. If you suffer from frequent cramps in the hand due to the action of writing on the computer, it should strengthen the muscles of the hand. To do this, you should sit down at a table and hold a light weight, for example from one to two kilos, in hand with the palm up, the forearm resting on the table and the wrist over the edge. Lift the weight slowly, flexing the wrist. Repeat each wrist between 10 and 20 times.

Now with palms down. This is another good exercise for the wrists, practiced sitting. Practice wrist the previous year as indicated, except that you must turn the palm toward the floor. As before, use light weights and repeat the exercise 10 to 20 times.

See the doctor if, despite the remedies set forth above, continue to suffer from cramps and frequent muscle spasms, as they may be signs of hormonal problems (hypothyroidism), circulatory or other types

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