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Muscle Cramps

Muscle cramps are a common occurrence and most people experience them at some point in their lives. Maybe your leg cramps up after a long run, or your back spasms as you lift a box. Cramps happen as a result of muscles contracting involuntarily and they can be a mere annoyance or they can be very painful. Cramps occur most frequently in the legs, arms and back.

Causes

Most cramps are caused by overuse, strain, dehydration or after a long period of remaining inactive. All of these causes stem to the muscle not getting enough oxygen. Some doctors also attribute cramps to an imbalance of potassium, magnesium or calcium.

Cautions

Seek assistance if you have cramps occurring at regular intervals throughout the day or cramps that render you incapacitated for any period of time. If you feel tender in areas or especially if you have a temperature and this is tenderness is accompanied by a pain in the neck or shoulders, chest or back, hips, buttocks you should be seen by a professional. If you have any muscle spasm occurring in the region of your back or neck that makes you feel numb or tingly, get it checked out. If your muscle spasms have not improved in three days, make an appointment.

Herbal Treatments

Internal Applications

External Applications

Aromatherapy

– combine 3 drops of German chamomile essential oil, rosemary essential oil and ginger essential oil to 1 ounce of almond oil. Now add 8 drops of lavender oil. Massage this mixture into the affected muscles after a warm bath. Another blend would be Roman chamomile, bay, peppermint and safflower oil. Marjoram and Clary sage may also benefit this blend.

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