Home Remedies For Muscle Spasms And Cramps

by Sam Malone


Muscle spasms and cramps are something that all of us experience at some point or the other in our lives. In fact, a Charley horse is really not as uncommon as you would think, and the problem only seems to get worse as we age.

If you are having a spasm, there’s no point in you waiting for days before you get a doctor’s appointment, you need to get relief from the excruciating pain immediately. In most cases, home remedies will do the trick. There are a number of things you can do to both cure spasms and as treatment, and in this article, we will discuss what they are.

Remedies

  • There are a number of home remedies that are useful in treating muscle spasms and cramps. One of the most common is apple cedar vinegar. A couple of teaspoons mixed with water are supposed to relax your muscles almost immediately. Keep in mind that vinegar should always be diluted before consumption and should never be consumed directly.
  • Heat is also supposed to relieve knotted muscles. In most cases, knotted muscles are overworked muscles and the application of heat will relax them. This is why relaxing in a hot bath will often relieve cramps. Even a warm towel or a hot water bottle applied on the affected area will give a lot of relief.
  • If you have Charley horse symptoms during the night, wearing socks before you sleep could help. Although there is no scientific reason for this, it has been found that people who suffer from spasms in their legs at night also have cold feet. Wearing socks may not have been proven to work in double blinded studies but there’s no harm in giving it a try.
  • In many cases, the spasms are caused due to dehydration and just drinking a lot of water will help.
  • Also muscles contract and relax through the movement of calcium and potassium into and out of the cells of the muscles. In this day of dieting, it is quite possible that the body is deficient in these important micronutrients. Ensure that you eat well and get a sufficient amount of nutrients.

Treatments

Apart from these, there are also other options available if you want to relieve muscles cramps or spasms.
  • Chamomile tea is supposed to be very helpful in preventing muscle spasms. Drinking chamomile tea every day is supposed to ensure that you stay clear of muscular disorders.
  • Celery seeds are also a very good natural remedy. Including celery seeds in food will not only prevent the pain associated with arthritis, but will also prevent muscular spasm.
  • There are also back spasm Ayurveda solutions that will help. For example, one of the best solutions for muscular spasms in the legs is to soak them in hot water in which mustard seeds have been steeped for about half an hour.
  • Another very good Ayurvedic solution is the use of oils that help with muscle spasm. For example, wintergreen oil and willow bark oil are known to relieve all kinds of muscular pains, including spasms. Cramp bark and lobella are also very good. Mixing them in a base of either extra virgin olive oil or almond oil and massaging on the affected area will give almost immediate relief. It is important to mix these herbal oils in a base oil before using, and there is a different proportion of each oil that needs to be mixed. These oils should never be used directly as they can cause damage to skin. Further, they should never be ingested as they can cause serious harm to internal organs.
References:
  1. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003193.htm

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