How Can I Manage Chronic Muscle Cramps?
A muscle cramp is when you experience an involuntary contraction in your muscles, suddenly and often painfully. While muscle cramps are generally harmless by themselves, they can cause severe pain, hamper functionality temporarily, and even make it impossible for you to use that muscle for a while. There are many reasons you can get cramp and repetitive cases of cramps and lead to a chronic muscle cramp condition. If you suffer from constant muscle cramps, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Comprehensive Healthcare Group and see how physical therapy in Oceanside can help you.
When your muscle cramps, it involuntarily contracts, and it is difficult to relax, with our main option being to let pass. An involuntary muscle contraction is called a spasm, but when this spasm is sustained and forceful, it becomes a cramp. When this happens, the muscle may visibly tighten and harden. Muscle cramps can last a few seconds up to many minutes and involve a single muscle or a chain of muscles. There are many different types of pains you can experience that stem from many different causes. To see how physical therapy in Oceanside can help you reach out to us at Comprehensive Healthcare Group. Some examples include:
- Injury cramp: sometimes, after an injury, your muscle will cramp to attempt to stabilize the area.
- Activity cramp: after vigorous activity and muscle fatigue, you may experience a cramp.
- Dehydration cramp: being dehydrated increases the risks of cramps in many muscles of the body.
- Rest cramp: also known as nocturnal cramps, these cramps happen while you rest and sleep and can interfere with your sleep and be very painful.
- Low electrolyte cramps: electrolytes are essential to your muscle movements, and low electrolytes, especially calcium or magnesium, increase your risks of cramps.
Additionally, certain medications or complications are related to higher instances of cramps. Conditions that affect your nerves may also increase your risks of cramping. To learn more about risk factors related to cramps and how to circumvent these risks, contact us and speak with our physical therapists in Oceanside.
There are some home remedies you can use to help manage your cramps. Some simple things you can practice include staying well hydrated and often stretching, including stretching before and after any activities. Additionally, if you are suffering from cramps in a particular area, massaging the area has shown to help some people. If you are in need of professional medical help for your cramps, reach out to us at Comprehensive Healthcare Group and see how our physical therapy in Oceanside can help you today!