Many different reasons bring us into the chiropractor’s office, but the outcome is typically the same: improved body performance; however, muscle cramps might become an issue as you work to achieve this goal.
What causes muscle cramps and how can we get rid of them? Unfortunately, every single cause of muscle cramps has not been determined but the most common culprit is poor stretching prior to physical activity and muscle fatigue. Additionally, a poor fitness level, excessive stress, overexertion, and rapid loss of electrolytes through sweating can also lead to muscle spasms and cramps.
A good way to avoid muscle cramps is to do a series of gentle stretches before any type of exercise, even if it is simply walking. Massage therapy is also effective in getting rid of most types of muscle cramps; however, it is important to remember that if these cramps and spasms are caused by an injury, ice packs and moist heat often do a lot to help alleviate the pain.
Your diet also affects the likelihood of developing muscle cramps. Diets high in chocolate, caffeine, sugar and alcohol often lead to a higher occurrence of cramps and spasms. This is because these items interfere with the absorption of magnesium, which plays a role in muscular health. It is a good idea to eat more fibre and protein to protect your muscles.
There is no reason to live with frequent muscle cramps and spasms. A doctor of chiropractic can help you realign your spine, learn to improve your diet, and show you the right way to stretch before physical activity.
For more information about getting rid of muscle cramps, and about the wellness and prevention orientation of chiropractic treatment, call your chiropractor to arrange an appointment.