Muscle cramps happen when a muscle involuntarily contracts on its own. Usually, you feel a hard lump at the point of pain. Often the pain appears suddenly - without warning it shoots into the calf or thigh.
Cramps usually occur for a reason. If you haven’t strained a muscle, you’re probably cramping because your muscle is fatigued or overused or your body is dehydrated. Most frequent trigger is sever sweating and exhaustion whereby a supply shortfall of nutrients and energy occurs in the muscles.
The Correct Schussler Salts
As No.7 Magnesium Phosphate is closely interlinked to the energy processors of the cells, smallest deficits can already trigger cramps. A quick remedy is a 'hot-7'. If the body is under supplied with iron the inevitable consequence is an oxygen shortage. And if oxygen is lacking the body goes easy on the burning of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. In order to improve oxygen supply and ease cramps No 4 Ferrum Phosphate should be taken.
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 you stretch or after you finish. Consider applying a heating pad to the area, after stretching.
If your calf muscle cramps in the middle of the night, stand up and slowly put weight on the affected leg to push the heel down and stretch out the muscle. We also recommend using magnesium on the outside of your body in the form of Epsom salts if added to a bath or Magnesium Phosphate cream applied directly to the 'injury' site. Dry heat in the form of a heating pad may even help.
If you have diabetes, a spinal cord injury or another condition that might prevent you from feeling heat, a heating pad isn’t a good option.
If pain does not ease or subside after 2-3 days, make an appointment at the clinic to be seen by our highly trained Sports and Remedial Therapists.