Important Information about Muscle Cramps & Spasms

There are a number of factors that contribute to muscle cramps and spasms, the main ones being:

  • Poor flexibility and tight muscles
  • Muscle fatigue and overuse
  • Dehydration
  • Electrolyte and mineral depletion

A number of other factors include working or exercising in high heat and humidity, inadequate blood supply, injury or muscle strain and excessive use of alcohol, drugs and medication.

Treating muscle cramps and spasms:

Muscle cramps and spasms will usually go away on their own, but there are a few important steps you can take to decrease the severity and duration of them:

  • Stop the activity that triggered the cramp in the first place
  • Gently stretch the affected muscle or muscle group
  • Keep the affected areas moving with light activity and gently massage
  • Continue to apply heat and massage to help promote blood flow