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What Causes Muscle Cramps And How To Prevent Them

Just about everyone has suffered a muscle cramp at one point or another.  It’s one of the most common types of injuries or pain you can experience. However, how do they happen, and when you get one, what’s the best way of minimizing its impact?  Fair questions for both.

Here are the answers:

In simplest terms, a muscle cramp is a strong tightening or contraction of the muscle in question.  They tend to have a sudden onset, and can last anywhere from just a few seconds to several minutes.

Surprisingly, science doesn’t offer any firm answers on the exact causes of muscle cramps, although we know of a number of things that can certainly lead to them.  Among them are:

In addition to those things, perhaps the leading cause of muscle cramps is simple over-use.  Exercising for too long or too intensely can certainly lead to cramping.  Fortunately, there are a few simple things you can do to alleviate the pain.  These include:

Of course, if your pain persists, then it could be a symptom of a deeper problem, in which case, you should make an appointment with your chiropractor or physician at your next available opportunity.

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