Health Tip: Cramp Got Your Leg?02/22/11
(HealthDay News) -- A muscle cramp occurs when a muscle
involuntarily contracts. It often occurs during a sport or other
exercise, but a muscle can spasm even during sleep.
The ADAM Encyclopedia offers these suggestions for alleviating
or preventing a muscle cramp:
- Stop your activity right away, and perform some gentle
stretching or massage.
- Heat the muscle while it's cramping. Apply ice for pain
- Take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug to help manage
- Drink plenty of water, a sports drink or take a salt
- Don't push yourself beyond your limit while working out.
- Be sure to include enough potassium in your diet.
- Stretch your muscles regularly.
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