Saturday, July 9, 2011

How To Ease a Cramp

Dehydration causes cramps, so be sure to take at least 20 ounces of water three hours before working out (if possible), and drink up to 8 ounces every 15 minutes during exercise.

A cramp is caused by muscle spasm, so stretching the muscle counters its tightening. Stop and gently stretch the sore spot for 20-45 seconds or til the pain goes away.

Flexing a cramping muscle may make it release. This action triggers a safety switch (called Golgi tendon organ) which relaxes a muscle when it's too strained.

Massage cramp by rubbing the muscle vigorously as if you're kneading dough. This combines the previous two methods by stretching and compressing the muscle, helping to release the cramp.