How to Quickly Stop Muscle Cramps

October 10, 2018
Rosemary extract fights inflammation and immediately boosts circulation. You can make it at home so you’ll always have it on hand for a quick cramp-relieving massage.

Muscle cramps can be extremely painful, so it’s important to learn some quick, natural ways to relieve them, especially if you get them frequently. In today’s article, we’re going to give you some effective solutions for how to stop muscle cramps early on.

Muscle cramps

This problem is far more common than you might think. About one out of every two people over the age of 60 deals with them on a regular basis. Plus, tons of people of all ages have occasional problems with muscle cramps.

A muscle cramp happens when a nerve is irritated, which causes the muscle to contract all of a sudden. That involuntary contraction can last a few seconds or even minutes.

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A muscle cramp can happen anywhere in your body, but the most common areas are the calves, thighs, feet, and hands.

If you’re dealing with chronic muscle cramping, there are a variety of potential causes

  • Mineral deficiencies – especially potassium, magnesium, iron, and calcium
  • Vitamin E deficiency
  • Excessive fluid loss or dehydration (caused by sweating, diarrhea, etc.)
  • Stress
  • Diseases like arthritis, arteriosclerosis, or fibromyalgia
  • Taking diuretic medications

The more infrequent muscle cramps, on the other hand, usually happen because of:

  • Lack of stretching before or after exercise
  • Unusual movements
  • Exposure to cold temperatures

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Stretching: a great way to stop muscle cramps fast

Muscle cramps are caused by a contraction of the tissue. So, the first step is to try to stretch it out. If the cramp is in your calf, for example, fully extend your leg, straighten your foot, and aim your toes upward try to push your heel farther away from your hip.

If the cramp is in your toes, hold them with your hand and try to stretch each one individually.

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You can use a little vegetable oil (olive, sunflower, sesame, coconut, or almond) to massage the cramping are and put some pressure on it. It’s essential to massage in the opposite direction of the pain.

The most important thing is to generate some localized heat and make the recovery as quick as possible.

Heating pad

Another way of applying heat to the area quickly is to use a heating pad. Try to stretch the muscle while applying heat and then begin a massage once it’s warmed up. This relaxes muscles, so it’s a great way to stop muscle cramps right when they happen.

Anything that can be heated is a good alternative if you don’t have a heating pad. For example, some people use hot water bottles.

Rosemary extract to stop muscle cramps

rosemary extract
Rosemary extract is a timeless remedy for an oil-free massage. It fights inflammation and promotes instant circulation, so it’s always a good solution to have on hand when you’re struck by a cramp.

Another advantage is that it’s very affordable to buy pre-prepared. Of course, you can also make it yourself by following these simple steps:

  • You’ll need a glass container with a tight lid.
  • Fill the container with fresh sprigs of rosemary. The best time is when the plant is flowering.
  • Add rubbing alcohol (available at any pharmacy or grocery store) to cover the rosemary.
  • Close the container tightly and let it sit for 15 days in a cool, dark place.
  • Shake it a bit every day.
  • After the 15 days have passed, strain off the liquid and store it in a tightly sealed dark glass container.

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How can you prevent muscle cramps?

If you’re getting cramps at least once a week you should try to prevent them using natural remedies – and remember, this could be a symptom of some other imbalance in your body.

  • The first step is to eat more foods that are rich in magnesium and potassium. You can find these minerals in fruits and vegetables like tomatoes and bananas. Pure cocoa is also an excellent food for preventing cramps.
  • Start eating a salad with nuts and sprouted seeds every day: it’ll give you lots of vitamins and minerals.
  • If your cramps are very persistent, you can try taking a magnesium supplement.
  • For leg cramps, make sure you get cold water on the area during your showers.
  • Viburnum extract is another very effective way to prevent cramping.
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  • Bertolasi, L., De Grandis, D., Bongiovanni, L. G., Zanette, G. P., & Gasperini, M. (1993). The influence of muscular lengthening on cramps. Annals of Neurology.