When a person goes through the agony of a muscle cramp, even if it is for a couple of minutes, it can be very disconcerting. Extreme cold weather, inappropriate movements during work or exercise also triggers it. We often hear elderly women and even growing children complaining of being rudely awakened from their peaceful slumber with an excruciating pain in their calves. Surely, each one of us has experienced these bothersome cramps at one time or the other.
How are these caused?
A muscle cramp is defined as an involuntarily and forcibly contracted muscle that does not relax. It is not known exactly why muscle cramps develop. Insufficient stretching before exercise, exercising in the heat, and muscle fatigue may all play a role in their causation. Imbalances in the levels of electrolytes (sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium and phosphate) in the blood can also lead to muscle cramps. [Source]
Usually a cramp disappears of its own in a few minutes. But if you experience cramps frequently and also to get over that numb feeling after the sudden spasm, you can try massaging your affected muscles with garlic oil.
How to prepare this garlic oil?
Just crush 10-20 garlic clove an add it to 50 ml of any vegetable oil and heat it over a low flame till the oil is reduced to half. Massaging with this oil can be very soothing on your muscles after the sudden spasms. Also, you can massage with sesame/gingelly (Til) oil before a bath, if your spasms are too frequent.
An interesting acupressure trick for muscle cramps, which I came to know of recently. Not sure of its efficacy, but those who have tried it swear by it. You have to just squeeze your upper lip between your index finger and thumb for a few seconds. Pressing that particular acupressure point or area probably presses your pain out. No harm in attempting this trick when a cramp strikes you unsuspectingly.
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