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Know how to deal with muscle cramps!

Know how to deal with muscle cramps!

Muscle cramps are sudden and involuntary contraction of one or more of your muscles causing agonizing pain. Overusing a muscle, dehydration, muscle strain or simply holding a position for a long period of time may result in muscle cramp. However, in many cases, the exact cause of a muscle cramp isn't known.

There are several things that you can do to help ease muscle cramps, such as:

• Gently and slowly stretching the affected muscle can relieve pain.
• A hot shower or using hot packs can increase blood circulation in the affected area thus relieving pain and tension.
• Massage the affected area for relief.

How can you prevent muscle cramps?

• Don't over exert your body while exercising or doing any other physical activity.
• Be well hydrated as many experts suggest that dehydration is the leading cause of muscle cramps. Fluids help muscles contract and relax and keep the muscle cells hydrated and less irritable.
• Always stretch before and after exercise.
• Eat foods rich in vitamins, magnesium and calcium.
• Move around as inactivity is also a cause of cramps.
• Excessive fatigue especially in warm weather should be avoided.