Leg cramps typified by agonizing muscle contractions can catch one off guard and cause immense agony while incapacitating one temporarily. Here are some widely recommended ways of tackling leg cramps.
How To Get Rid Of Leg Cramps
1. Proven Remedies
According to pharmacologist Joe Graedon who also writes the People’s Pharmacy Syndicated Newspaper Column that co-hosts a radio show, drinking 240-480 milliliters of tonic water at night could be an easy remedy for leg cramps as it contains low concentrations of Quinine (1/10 of prescription dosage).However, pregnant women, those taking anticoagulants or digoxin (Lanoxin) or people suffering from liver, kidney or cardiovascular ailment must firstly consult with their physicians.According to Graedon, Pedialyte which is generally given to children for nausea, vomiting and diarrhea to help replenish electrolytes has been found to ease muscle cramps.
Another strange yet highly vouched preventative tip is placing a bar of soap under the bottom sheet of your bed where you place your legs. In case this fails to work then consuming a quarter teaspoon of baking soda appears to help some sufferers.
According to Graedon and The Vanderbilt University, several sportspersons drink pickle juice (60 milliliters recommended dosage) for preventing and treating leg cramps. Sodium presence in it helps resolve any imbalance though people having high blood pressure or other health conditions which necessitate sodium restriction must firstly consult with their doctors.
Graedon finally suggests having a teaspoonful of yellow mustard when nothing else appears to work.
2. Stretching Exercises
The Cleveland Clinic as well as doctors at Massachusetts’s South Shore Hospital recommend stretching the muscles of your legs and feet just prior to bedtimes as a preventative measure and to limit the time span of cramps.
Begin by stretching muscles of the legs thrice daily and before bedtime by standing in front of a barrier/wall so that the feet are placed around three feet away from it. Both hands are then placed on the barrier while leaning in and the knees are kept locked. The heels of both feet never leave the ground till one senses a pull in the calf muscle. This type of stretching can be prolonged to around sixty seconds or the stretch held for ten seconds and followed by 2-3 repetitions.
If cramping is experienced in the feet then toe stretching prior to bedtimes would help. This can be done by being seated at the border of your chair or bed with the left foot resting over the right knee. The toes must now be pulled forwards slowly till one senses stretching in the muscles. They are then pressed backwards tenderly in the other direction. Repeat the steps by resting right foot on the left knee.
While you are in the midst of a leg cramping episode then be seated and start stretching the calf muscle by trying to slowly straighten out the affected leg. Make an attempt to point the toe as well as flex the foot for stretching the muscle. Whilst seated the toes can be pulled up towards the knee using our hands and keep pulling as well as stretching the muscles till distressing contraction in the muscle halts.
In Sport Injury Management the use of acupressure during leg cramping by pinching the area between the thumb and index finger followed by squeezing it for around half a minute aids in allaying the extent and acuteness of leg cramping.
4. Cold-Hot Compresses
As per Mayo Clinic recommendation, the affected leg must be massaged and ice cubes directly applied to it after wrapping it in a cloth. In case cramping continues then soaking the affected area in tepid water aids in relaxing the muscle.