Leg cramps suck! The uncontrollable muscle spasm that comes at the worst possible time…although there is never a great time for them. Yes, we have all had them in either our leg, foot, toe, back, neck, etc…they hurt and are very annoying!
First, if you get any “regular” cramps anywhere in your body – get checked by your health care provider. Then, try to increase your water and electrolyte intake daily…coffee/tea/juice doesn’t count as water! Also, eat some nutrient dense vegetables and fruits.
Second, take advantage of reciprocal inhibition defined on Wikipedia as “the process of muscles on one side of a joint relaxing to accommodate contraction on the other side of that joint…joints are controlled by two opposing sets of muscles, extensors and flexors…the opposing muscle group must be inhibited to prevent it from working against the resulting contraction of the homonymous muscle.”
To keep this simple, when you get a spasm, immediately and slowly begin to activate or contract the opposite side muscle. This will allow your body to inhibit the contracted muscle.
Finally, when the spasm releases you can apply heat or cold to the affected area for 15 minutes to help with any lingering discomfort.
Keeping your muscles happy will keep you happy!
P.S. Below is a video explaining how to deal with a leg cramp!