CALF CRAMPS? Cramps occur when a muscle is already in a contract position stimulus for contraction.

Calf Cramps

Calf Cramps

SUDDEN one night when deep sleep, we awoke to a stiff and sore calves. And, guess it works its way up your foot, so painful!

Certainly, you are experiencing cramps in the calves! Cramping is a muscle contraction that occurs suddenly, causing pain to the muscles.

The most frequent calf muscle cramps is below and behind the knees. Painful cramps can last several seconds to minutes with varying severity.

Leg cramps usually occur when we are resting, perhaps even sleeping. Parents are more commonly affected than younger people cramping. In some older people, cramps can even happen every day.

Generally the cause of cramps is unknown (idiopathic). While experts argue that cramps occur when the muscle is stimulated to contract in a position of contraction. This happens when we sleep on his knees half bent, and feet slightly downward. In this position the calf muscles slightly flexed and susceptible to cramps. That is why the movement stretching before bed can prevent it.

Cramps can also occur due to dehydration, salt imbalances substances in the blood (eg, calcium or potassium levels are too low), and pregnancy, especially in the last trimester. Other causes an under active thyroid gland, narrowing of leg arteries that impede circulation, nervous disorders, and liver cirrhosis.

In the above conditions, cramping is just one of several other symptoms. If there are no other symptoms, most likely cramps are idiopathic and not because of the conditions above.

How To Handle Calf Cramps?

How do I handle it? Obviously we have to make a move relaxation (stretching) and massage can usually relieve the cramps. Pain-reducing medication is usually not useful for not working fast enough. However, reduction of pain such as paracetamol may be beneficial relieve pain and muscle weakness are sometimes still take up to 24 hours after the disappearance of cramps.

Avoiding cramps, including reducing drugs cause cramp. Can also drink at least six glasses filled every day, including one glass before bed. Also multiply the drink before, during and after exercise. Then consume foods rich in calcium, potassium and magnesium. Eat one or two bananas a day is sufficient to meet the needs of your potassium.

If you often experience cramps during sleep, do the relaxation in the muscles of the calves before bed. The trick is to stand about 60-90 cm from the wall and lean against a wall with your feet still in place. Do it several times. You may need a few days to do it until the effect is felt.

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