What are Muscle Cramps and Spasms?
What are the Symptoms of Muscle Cramps and Spasms?
- The symptoms of muscle cramps are very common. Usually, people who have muscle cramps experience the following symptoms.
- Pain is the most common symptom of this condition. A person should experience moderate to high pain in the affected muscles.
- The muscles can also become weak, and you may feel numbness or a pin and needles sensation in the skin of that muscle.
- In some severe cases, a person may become temporarily paralysed since the movement of the muscle will be restricted due to the injury.
What are the Causes of Muscle Cramps and Spasms?
- Dehydration due to lack of water intake is one of the most common causes of muscle cramps. Particularly when you are working out in the heat and sweating a lot that causes reduction of electrolytes and may lead to muscle spasm.
- Muscle fatigue due to too much working out can also be a major cause of this condition. So giving your muscles enough rest is important.
- Stress can also lead to this condition.
- Restricted blood supply or excessive blood supply to the muscle also can cause muscle cramps and spasms.
When to see a Doctor?
Lifestyle Prevention of Muscle Cramps and Spasms
- Preventing muscle cramps is possible by following some simple preventive measures. Since the causes of muscle cramps are known, the prevention is also very straightforward.
- As we all know the muscle cramps are mostly caused by dehydration, drinking plenty of water is important. If you have a tendency to get leg cramps at night, stretch prior to bedtime
- Also warming up and stretching is very important before any strenuous activity which involves your muscles being stressed up.
- Avoid over-exercise and try to give enough rest to your muscles.
- Try to eat foods that are high in some nutrients, including potassium, sodium, and magnesium. This may help neutralize muscle cramps.
Common Ayurvedic Remedies for Muscle Cramps and Spasms
- Ginger: Drinking dry ginger powder with honey is very effective for muscle cramps. Just add two tsp of ginger powder in a glass of hot water and then add a little bit of honey then drink it.
- Snehana (Oil Therapy): This is an external therapy which uses oil massage to heal the cramp. Ashwgandha infused oil is used to massage the sore muscles to loosen the knots and lessen bruising.
- Nirgundi (Five-Leaved Chaste Tree): Liquify one tsp of nirgundi powder or paste formulations in the water alongside some jaggery and drink this mixture 1 time every day.