Seven Reasons Your Muscles Are Cramping

Growth spurts in children will oftentimes cause cramps. Cramping can occur anywhere in your body at any time. Learn the causes and how to avoid them.

 

What Is Cramping?

Cramps can occur anywhere in your body at any time. Muscles suddenly tighten. Follow these prevention measures:

 

Dehydration

 

You are dehydrated. You are not drinking enough water. Drink at least 8-10 (eight) ounce glasses of water every day. Dehydration symptoms are: dizziness, headache, and constipation.

Cramping

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High Temperatures, Humidity

 

Your body loses fluids when you work or exercise in the heat. You sweat out important minerals called electrolytes for example, sodium, potassium, and calcium, that maintain muscle equilibrium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medications

 

Statins class drugs used to control cholesterol and diuretics rid your body of fluid, are just two of the drugs that can induce cramps as a side affect. Call your doctor immediately.

 

Menstruation

 

Some women get cramps during their periods. That happens because a woman’s body makes certain hormones that make the muscles in her uterus tighten up. This helps push out blood and waste, but it can also cause cramping. Over-the-counter pain relievers usually help.

 

Poor Circulation

Inactivity and aging cause activate cramps. Moreover, narrowed arteries, called claudication,  which constricts blood flow will also cause cramps. Call your doctor.

 

Growth

 

Kids often get cramps when they go through a growth spurt.  The cramps occur most often in the legs.  Stretch the muscle and apply a heating pad on the area for a short time.

 

Conclusion

Most important, especially for Seniors, follow these guidelines and avoid the cramps.

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