Cure For Cramps

If There A Sure Cure For Cramps?

While there may well be a cure for cramps in specific circumstances, the truth is, there are so many different things that can cause a cramp that there isn't any universal cure that will guarantee one will never occur. That doesn't mean that there isn't anything that can be done to prevent cramps. It's just that any cure for cramps is part and parcel of those things that can be done to prevent cramps from happening, as well as those things which provide relief when a cramp does occur.

It's fair to say then, that the path towards a cure for cramps encompasses those things that can be done to avoid them in the first place. We'll look at several of the most common types of cramps. There is no known cure for menstrual cramps, they sometimes happen more or less as apart of the process, but there are things that can be done to minimize both their frequency of occurrence and their severity, as well as providing relief.

The same is true for stomach cramps. In fact we can probably do more to prevent stomach cramps than we can to prevent cramps that occur elsewhere. Very often stomach cramps and pregnancy go together, but there are things a woman can do to help prevent them from occurring.

Leg cramps are the bane of athletes of course, often due to overexertion or dehydration. There are those beloved night cramps, which cause us to react with nearly superhuman speed to try to disentangle ourselves from the bed sheets and get our legs in a position where some relief can be found. If nothing else, night cramps can make us fully awake very quickly. Look a little into these different types of cramps and you will find a few common threads, related causes, and means of prevention, if not true cures.

Menstrual Cramps - Menstrual cramps may seem difficult to avoid, you either get them or you don't, but the closest thing to a cure could be ensuring that there are adequate amounts of calcium in the diet, as a deficiency here definitely is linked to menstrual cramping. Using a heating pad on the stomach or cramping area when sitting or lying down can sometimes keep cramps away, or at least lessen their severity if they do occur. When you are up and around, try to be as active as possible, and keep a positive frame of mind. Lethargy and stress definitely contribute to the possibility of experiencing this type of cramping.

Stomach Cramps - Stomach cramping can often be controlled by what we eat, or don't eat. Stomach cramps very often occur when there is an excess of gas in the stomach. Besides watching what we eat, we can also rely on over the counter remedies such as those providing relief from gas, to avoid cramps. Proper breathing, posture, and exercise are also cures for cramps in the stomach. One can often keep a cramp from fully developing by focusing on one's breathing once cramping has started. Just walking around a bit can help too, but focusing on breathing is a more powerful remedy than most people think.

Leg Cramps - Leg cramps are very often caused by either overexertion or dehydration, both conditions being in theory at least, preventable. Using muscles in a different way than normal can also bring on cramps, usually later on or during the night. A leg injury or a blow to the leg can cause cramping, especially the well known Charley horse. For leg cramps however, it is often more of a case of prevention than of a cure for cramps. Drinking plenty of liquids, including sports drinks which contain the electrolytes our body needs, together with stretching, warming up, and avoiding overexertion will in combination, be as close to a cure from cramps as one can get.

Night Cramps - As far as those wonderful night cramps are concerned, a water bed is one cure, if you can afford it. The movement of the water encourages circulation in the legs, which keeps cramps away. Drinking plenty of water during the day is another good approach, and there are those who swear by drinking a little lemon juice at bedtime, which appears to provide an extra measure of Vitamin C, keeping the body well hydrated and less susceptible to cramping. Gentle stretching of the muscles for a few minutes at bedtime can also help. As far as home remedies are concerned, a good one is a banana a day, rich in potassium and magnesium, a deficiency a definite cause of cramping.