Muscles cramps can be agitating to deal with and even painful at times. They often arise during or after participating in an activity. While not all your muscles will cramp, the ones that are in use more often than not will likely be affected. One way that muscle cramps can be treated and even prevented is by visiting a physical therapist. With the help of our team at Block Sports Chiropractic & Physical Therapy, we can help eliminate the frequency of your muscle cramps as well as preventing them from becoming a future issue!
Muscle cramps can occur for several reasons:
If you frequently suffer from muscle cramps, it may be due to one if not more of the following reasons:
- Not stretching enough before an activity. This can cause muscles to tense up and cramp up. Dynamic stretches help to warm-up the muscle region allowing for increased flexibility for your activity.
- Not being properly hydrated. If you are expending a lot of energy your body needs to be properly hydrated. If not, muscle cramps are more likely to occur!
- Overworking your muscles can also lead to muscle cramps. If you are running and are pushing your muscles too hard it can lead to cramps in your calf muscles because you are not giving them the proper rest.
When wondering how to prevent muscle cramps, there are a few different ways you can go about it. Consulting with a medical professional is always a good start. Aside from that, there are a few other tips to keep in mind, including:
- For a personalized prevention strategy, talk to a physical therapist for advice on how you can avoid muscle cramps based on the activities that you are doing. Consulting with your physical therapist can help offer the right expertise and insight you require.
- Hydrating properly before, during, and after is important to keeping your body hydrated. Making sure to not drink too much or too little water or sports drinks can help you avoid muscle cramps during your activity. Keeping your body hydrated will prevent your muscles from cramping up.
- Stretching out the muscles you will be using before and after is also key. Stretching before will allow the muscles to be warmed up and flexible and stretching after will allow the muscles to cool down from the activity and allow your muscles to calmly return to normal.
If you are looking for a physical therapist, look no further! Block Sports Chiropractic & Physical Therapy can help you prevent muscle cramps, and a variety of other sports injuries. If you are interested in learning more about our services, and how they can benefit you, contact us today!