Do you experience muscle cramps? Do you wonder what the causes of muscle cramps are? Is there a natural relief for muscle cramps? In this article I intend to answer those questions and provide a product review that may help you.
What Are Muscle Cramps?
Muscle cramps are defined as a strong, tightening of a muscle. It is an involuntary contraction of the muscle. They mostly occur in the legs. They usually occur at night. Some people refer to it as a charley horse. Regular muscle contraction occurs all the time as we move, but then the muscle relaxes when we stop moving. In a muscle cramp the contraction tightens and doesn’t release. This causes pain; sometimes very severe pain. It can wake you out of a sound sleep. A muscle cramp is actually a spasm (involutary contraction) that sustains over a period of time. It looks and feels like the muscle has hardened.
A friend of mine described them like this. “They come on usually in the night. You want to scream! They hurt so bad and come on so suddenly you can’t get out of bed fast enough. Takes awhile to figure out what to do about the pain. There are lots of home remedies that I have tried. Some of them are eat a banana, walk on a cold floor, or walk it off. The banana and the cold floor didn’t work. The walking it off actually hurt! So what are you supposed to do? I can’t imagine anything more painful.” This is a direct quote from my friend who suffers this condition. He is the motivation for this article. Because through his suffering he has found a natural relief. This article will conclude with the product referral.
What Causes Muscle Cramps?
The true cause of muscle cramping is actually not known. But there is general agreement within the health community that certain activities and conditions can bring them on. The main cause seems to be overexercising the muscle. I know that when I grip something for an extended period, my fingers cramp up. I have heard that distance runners frequently experience muscle cramps. Just sitting or standing in one position for a long time can cause cramping. So can exposure to extreme cold. Conditions such as pregnancy, dehydration, certain medications, medical conditions and lack of minerals can also cause muscle cramps. The listed medications I researched were antipsychotics, birth control pills, diuretics, and steroids. Calcium and potassium were the minerals that could be culprits if the body is lacking in them. So you can see there may be any number of reasons that can cause muscle cramps. Another helpful link is by MedicineNet, that discusses different types of muscle cramps.
Some Recommedations for Relief
One of the easiest recommendations to possibly avoid muscle cramps is to stay hydrated. Drinking enough of the right fluids is key to a healthy body anyway, and I am always promoting that to my friends. And if you are exercising then hydration is even more vital. Water helps the cells function at optimum capacity and therefore can relieve overuse. And prevent muscle cramps.
Stretching the muscles is also helpful. I have written about some stretches that I do that have relieved my buttock pain to a great extent. See my posts, Exercises for Back Pain. Seem Counter-Intuitive? or see a review I wrote about some gentle yoga exercises here. Also see this website from the Mayo Clinic about some leg stretches that may help leg cramps. Stetching your muscles everyday can help you avoid cramping. And as I’ve said in some of my other posts, stretching can also relieve pain.
Futhermore, I see recommendations that you eat foods rich in calcium, magnesium and potassium. See this post from HealthLinkBC.
Is There A Natural Pain Relief for Muscle Cramps?
The natural pain relief that I can recommend is the one my friend found. He was so pleased how it helped his cramping problem. He is a 79 year old who still keeps active and busy, but the cramps interferred with his lifestyle. So, once he found this product he couldn’t keep his excitement to himself. The product is called Magnilife Muscle Cramp Pain Reliever.
Product: Magnilife Muscle Cramp Pain Reliever
Available from: Amazon
Rating: 5 stars
He takes the tablet form, but there are several products that the company makes. He says he takes the tablets under his tongue and has very fast relief. Nothing else has worked this well for him.
Before I could recommend this product though, I did some research of the ingredients in the tablets. They are: causticum, colocynthis, cuprum metallicum, magnesia phosphorica, phytolacca decandra, rhus tox, stannum metallicum, and veratrum album. Here’s what I found out about each.
- causticum is potassium hydrate. It has been used to treat arthritis and bed wetting with some success.
- cuprum metallicum is copper! I know that some people find relief through copper braclets. So appparently there is wisdom in the need for this in our bodies.
- magnesia phosphorica is magnesium phosphate. This is one of the minerals that studies indicate is important in preventing cramps.
- phytolacca decandra is also known as poke or pokeweed. Some related plants are toxic. But apparently this weed has been used homeopathically for some time. Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding.
- rhus tox is poison ivy! Yikes! But in tablet form it is indicated for joint pain.
- stannum metallicum is known as homeopathic potentized tin. It is used to treat skin conditions.
- veratrum album is another poisonous plant! But used in this product it appears to depolarize nerves.
As with any product that you ingest or put on your skin, you should check the warning labels. Just because it is natural, doesn’t mean it is the right thing for you. This product does have a warning for pregnant and breastfeeding women, and for children. It amazes me that ingredients that are toxic, can be used in a form that actually helps us though. My friend has tried other products, but nothing worked like the Magnilife did. So I highly recommend it.
Your comments and questions are always welcome.