When body muscles suddenly contract or tighten, it results to painful cramps. Muscle cramps strike anytime, anywhere and it can happen to anyone. The good news is getting rid of cramps does not take much effort. In fact, some people just wait for it to go away on its own, usually after a few minutes. Dehydration and electrolyte imbalance are widely believed to be one of the many factors that trigger cramps, although there is no elaborate conclusive study as to how cramps start.
Swimming enthusiasts share the common knowledge that drinking water and taking in potassium rich foods (e.g. banana) before swimming are good for preventing cramps. Drinking water is the most obvious way to stay hydrated, while potassium is one of the elements present in the electrolytes in the human body. Electrolytes regulate our nerves and muscles. When electrolytes are imbalanced, human bodies react differently and experiencing cramped muscles is one of its manifestations. Frequent stretching and exercise can also prevent cramps, as this will keep the muscles relaxed in steady regular motion. It is also common knowledge that cramps strike when you stay in one position for a long time. For instance, when you rest your legs up atop your coffee table while reading and you stay in that position for a while, you are likely to experience cramps. People who spend too much time typing in front of the computer are also in danger of getting cramps. They are advised to exercise their wrists by doing a close-open exercise with their hands. Stress balls are used for this purpose.
Getting Rid Of Cramps
To get rid of cramps, you may use either a hot or cold compress on the affected area. This will comfort and relax the muscles and relieve you of painful cramps. You can also just sit still and wait for it to go away. Massaging the affected muscle in the wrong direction may cause more pain so it is best for you to resort on either a hot or cold compress, or just sit still.