Health and Wellness

5 Ways You Can Combat Muscle Cramps

By Clementine Beale | Published the 11th Jul 2018

Most of us have been in the situation where we’ve been minding our own business – or worse, trying to sleep! – only for muscle cramp to strike. Whether you’ve overdone the exercise or are low in magnesium, muscle cramps can occur for a number of reasons and always seem to happen at the most inconvenient times.

So, do you want to learn how you can combat cramps? We thought so! Let’s take a look at some helpful strategies which may help you cope with muscle cramps.

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1. Take the time to stretch

Stretching is an easy strategy you can use to try to avoid cramps. If you tend to cramp up after exercising, take the time to stretch out those muscles straight after your workout to prevent the onset of cramps. Keeping your muscles loose and flexible will stop them from tightening up. If cramps do set in, gentle stretches can help alleviate the pain.

2. Apply heat or cold

If your stretching hasn’t worked and a cramp has set in, try applying heat to the area. This could be through a heat pack, hot bath or shower where the water is directed at the area which is cramping. If heat isn’t working, some people respond well to a cold pack being applied in the same way.

3. Boost your salt levels

Although you’ve probably heard about the importants of staying hydrated to prevent cramping, you need to make sure you also maintain your sodium levels. When you’re doing vigorous exercise, you sweat out salt, water and essential minerals. If you’re only replacing with water, this can lower the sodium concentration in your blood and lead to cramping. To combat this, consider an electrolyte replacement or a salty snack if you’re doing an intense workout.

4. Move around

Even though you might want to stay put once cramps set in, particularly when they strike in the legs, moving around is one of the best things you can do. When your muscles move, they relax and then contract. Keeping the cramped muscle moving means that it’s not stuck in the painful contraction position.

5. Try magnesium oil

Regular muscle cramps could be sign of magnesium deficiency. Magnesium plays an important role in regulating neuromuscular signals and muscle contractions, and deficiency in this important mineral can make you more susceptible to cramping. Magnesium can also help balance out the other minerals in your body. Whether your cramps are caused by overworked muscles, period pain or any other cause, magnesium can help your muscles relax to relieve the symptoms.

For an easy way to deliver magnesium directly to your muscles, take a look at our Magnesium Oil Spray. Our high grade magnesium oil is highly concentrated for maximum effect and the transdermal application method allows for fast absorption – perfect for muscle pain. We also have a deconstructed bath bomb on offer so you can soak away your muscle cramps!

If you’re interested in finding out more about how magnesium can help muscle cramps and other complaints, just send us a message.