A muscle cramp is a sudden and involuntary contraction of one or more of your muscles.
Almost everyone will suffer with a cramp at some point and often the cause is not known.
Though generally harmless, muscle cramps are very painful and can make it temporarily
impossible to use the affected muscle.
Most muscle cramps develop in the leg muscles, particularly in the calf. Besides the
sudden, sharp pain, you might also feel or see a hard lump of muscle tissue
beneath your skin.
Muscle cramps may occur during exercise or at rest and dehydration is a common cause.
Some medicines or medical conditions can make cramps more frequent so please
see your doctor if you experience repeated cramping for no obvious reason.
A cramp can usually be stopped if you try to stretch the affected muscle and these other actions can also help:
A warm bath can relax tense muscles,
Avoid high heeled shoes and stretch legs before bed,
Make sure that you keep well hydrated,
Improve blood flow with gentle massage
Maintain adequate levels of magnesium and potassium especially when exercising
If you need help and advice with any injury and want to talk it through, please feel free to contact me.