June 25, 2018
They come without warning, in the middle of the night or during sports and are extremely painful: muscle cramps. Around 40% of Germans know this from their own painful experience. The muscles suddenly contract for no apparent reason, hurts and feels hard.
Although in principle all muscles can be affected, such “cramps” usually accumulate in the calves, thighs or toes. Although this is unpleasant, but mostly harmless and after a few minutes over.
For regular cramps a visit to a doctor is useful, because even different diseases, foot deformities or side effects of drugs come as a trigger in question.
Mostly, however, the cause of muscle cramps is in under- or over-challenged muscles or a temporary fluid and mineral deficiency (eg pregnancy, sweating, diarrhea).
First aid promises the stretching of the affected body part. Warmth, massages and ointments with arnica or rubbing alcohol can also bring relief.
For prevention , regular, moderate exercise, increased hydration and a healthy diet are the first choice.
Especially with athletes, the intake of magnesium has proven itself.
The pain consultants in your healthy living pharmacy are happy to inform you about prevention and first aid for muscle cramps. Also, ask for a pain booklet.