• Lachlan Cogan

Don't let cramps ruin your day

Cramps are a very common problem that many people suffer from. There’s nothing worse than a cramp in the middle of the night. Cramps can cause pain and immobility while they are occurring. Although they generally don’t last for too long, people who suffer from cramps regularly find them very uncomfortable and annoying. A cramp is an involuntary and forcible contraction or shortening of a muscle. If you have recurring cramps here are three tips to help relieve them;


1. Stretch or loosen the muscle

2. Drink more water

3. Magnesium



1. Stretch or loosen the muscle

Most people who suffer from cramps know that stretching the muscle that is cramping can help to relieve a cramp while it is happening. Most people don’t realise that you can help to decrease the likelihood of suffering from a cramp by regular stretching or loosening the muscle. If you normally suffer cramps in the same muscle, then starting a daily stretching routine of that muscle will help to loosen the muscle and make it less likely to cramp. Also, you can use a tennis ball or foam roller or any other aid to help loosen the muscle. The more you can stretch or loosen the offending muscle the less likely you are to have a cramp.


2. Drink more water

A common reason for people to suffer from cramps is dehydration. Increasing your fluid intake can help to decrease the likelihood of suffering from cramps. Generally, it is advised for adults to drink two litres of water a day. If you drink less than this a day, and particularly if you are being active, you may have a higher likelihood of suffering from cramps. So, the more water you can drink the less chance of suffering from cramps.



3. Magnesium

The above two tips don’t cost anything except a bit of your time, so they are always my first suggestion for people suffering from cramps. Another possible way of helping to relieve cramps is taking a magnesium supplement. This is a very common supplement these days and can be found in most chemists. Magnesium helps muscles to relax. It is often used to help with muscle soreness and tightness. It is also commonly used to help relieve muscle cramps and can be a very effective way of preventing cramps. Magnesium can also help you sleep better at night so this will be doubly effective if you are normally woken in the middle of the night from

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