By WIN Contributor: Jennifer Lepere, Physiotherapist
The other day I was out for a run, and Bamm! All of a sudden my calf became very hard, tight, and really painful! I was experiencing a muscle cramp! Working as a physiotherapist at WIN Health Solutions, I get asked a lot what is a muscle cramp and how can I stop it from happening??
Muscle cramps happen because of involuntary contractions, or muscle spasms in one or more muscles. They can happen at any time, such as when being active, or even when you’re not, like when you’re trying to fall asleep.
Why does it happen and what can you do about it?
1. Dehydration. You have to make sure you are drinking enough water daily. The Institute of Medicine recommends 13 cups for males and 9 cups for women.
2. Muscle fatigue. You have to make sure you are properly warming up and stretching before and after activity. Taking regular Epsom salt baths will also help.
3. Not enough magnesium or potassium in your diet. You can start eating more food rich in magnesium and potassium. You could also consult your doctor or naturopathic doctor for help in this area.
These are the most common reason why I would see muscle cramping as a physiotherapist at WIN Health Solutions. If you are experiencing muscle cramping please contact the office for a WIN Physiotherapy Niagara Falls treatment and our physiotherapist and physio team members would be happy to offer you health solutions.