Muscle cramps are one of those many pains that sound familiar but very hard to deal with. Instead of struggling to find ways to deal with muscle cramps, we can avoid it in the first place. To know the cures we must brief ourselves on the triggers of this situation.
Muscle cramps occur when the muscles especially in the leg and arms receive less amounts of blood, i.e., there is no proper blood circulation. Improper blood circulation is not the only reason for muscle cramps. Among the other causes for muscle cramps are dehydration, Magnesium deficiency, Potassium deficiency, over exertion, squeezed nerves, muscle fatigue, and lastly failing to stretch before exercising.
Let’s focus on how improper blood circulation trigger muscle cramps. Blood carries varies nutrients, minerals and vitamins that are necessary for the muscle tissues. It helps keep the muscles vibrant, flexible and healthy. When the specific area doesn’t receive proper blood movement, our bodies can feel a slight tingling sensation the lowest effect, numbness is a mediocre, and cramps are the highest effects.
This is why doctors and many studies say that it is important to increase the blood circulation. Few suggested ways to increase blood circulation are walking around, occasionally standing up, avoid congested and uncomfortable sitting position as well as avoid sitting for a long time. Stretching keeps the muscles active and ready. Another form of stretching is yoga. Certain postures and positions in yoga increases the blood circulation to various parts of the muscles that would otherwise not receive increased blood circulation.
Lastly, since muscle cramps are not only created by improper blood circulation, other measures such us hydration should be looked into as well. Dehydration being one of the cause for muscle cramps can be avoided when water is drunk regularly even though we don’t feel thirsty.