arm cramp

Get Rid of an Arm Cramp Naturally

Arm cramps can come on suddenly and painfully. They can be caused by exercise, by sleeping on your arm, or by medical conditions such as a lack of potassium or other important nutrients. If you’ve been sleeping on your arms your arms will cramp up once you get them moving again. As the arm ‘wakes up’ from being ‘asleep’ the tingling or pins and needles sensation is felt and sometimes cramping can be felt along with this. Keeping the arm moving is a great way to gently push through that until the nerves and muscles are working properly once more. Likewise, when you compress a nerve by doing something like typing without stretching for long periods of time, you can cause a cramp. People who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome are very susceptible to cramps like these.

If you suffer from arm cramps that occur everyday or last longer than an hour, you should seek medical attention immediately. You may have a life threatening condition such as a severe potassium deficiency. Potassium is critical in keeping all our muscles, especially our heart, functioning at peak performance.

How do I prevent an Arm Cramp?

  • Drink lots of water. Water helps to avoid dehydration which can cause muscle spasms after exercising.
  • Increase your intake of Potassium and Calcium through fruits and vegetables such as bananas and dairy products such as yogurt.
  • Eat foods high in magnesium such as leafy green spinach or pumpkin seeds.
  • Always use proper, supportive footwear to avoid putting extra pressure on muscles.
  • Keep sheets and bed covers loose so the feet are not forced into awkward positions.
  • When exercising, be sure to stretch properly before starting and after stopping.
  • Drink a glass of warm milk before bed to help reduce any vitamin deficiencies.
  • Drink five cups of chamomile tea everyday for two weeks to help relax muscles and prevent cramping. Chamomile also contains glycine, an amino acid that helps to relieve muscle spasms.
  • Drink an infusion of red raspberry tea every morning and evening.
  • Consider supplements for calcium, potassium and magnesium.

What are the symptoms of an Arm Cramp?

  • Cramping
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle weakness
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Twitching
  • Uncontrolled motions

How Do I get rid of an Arm Cramp?

  • Take some valerian. It’s a natural relaxant and will help to soothe and prevent cramps.
  • Magnesium also helps to relax muscles.
  • Take black cohosh and St. John’s wort. They are anti-spasmodics and will help to relieve cramps.
  • If you need immediate relief try adding 20 drops of cramp bark to a cup of water and drink.
  • Increase your calcium, potassium and vitamin D.
  • Massage the area with some lavender and rosemary oil, then wrap in a warm towel to help the oils soak into the skin and muscle.
  • Heat therapy will help to relax the muscle. Try wrapping in a heating pad for about 15 minutes.
  • Reduce the number and frequency of cramps by doing hand and arm exercises.
  • Make sure you’re staying hydrated. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
  • Soak in a bath of epsom salts.
  • Eat a banana and have a glass of milk. These will up your potassium and your calcium.
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