Nothing is worse than a Charley horse (intense muscle cramp) in your leg when you’re sitting in a restrictive seat on the plane. The pain is sudden and intense and usually happens without warning. Possible causes include mineral or hormonal imbalances, sore muscles, or too much blood getting into the muscle. How to treat a muscle cramp? Relief can be had by vigorously massaging the muscle along its length and with the fingers. Massage the area for several minutes, until the blood is moving well and the cramping has ceased.
How to treat muscle cramps naturally
A muscle cramp is your body’s way of telling you that you have an imbalance of electrolytes. These substances keep cells functioning efficiently. The imbalance occurs when you don’t have enough fluid in your system. You can get a muscle cramp after exercising or overexerting yourself and from not drinking enough fluid. that happens, the muscles tighten and shorten.
A muscle cramp can also strike when muscles are fatigued from overwork. These cramps often occur hours after an activity—while you’re sitting or lying down.
With a little coaxing, a muscle cramp will usually un-cramp itself in no time. Follow this advice.
If you feel a cramp coming on your feet when sitting in certain positions. The only cure is to unfold and stretch the toes in the opposite direction from what they were in.
When you get a cramp, your first instinct may be to rub the affected area. And that’s exactly what you should do. Gently massage the muscle until it relaxes.
Ice relieves pain and reduces inflammation. Try rubbing an ice cube over the affected area for two to three minutes. Or wrap an ice pack in a towel and lay it on the sore muscle for 20 minutes.
Turn up the heat
For some people, heat works better than ice in relieving a muscle cramp. Apply a heating pad for 20 minutes. If you don’t have one, take a warm bath or shower instead. Heat in the form of a hot-water bottle or heating pad, is not recommended; it serves only to bring more blood to the area. Try elevating the limb instead.
Certain supplements can be helpful depending on the reason for the cramping. If you are in a hot climate and perspiring and you routinely get muscle cramps when you’re active, chances are that you’re not keeping yourself adequately hydrated. Remember to consume fluids before, during, and after any activity.
Drink Pickle Juice
Drinking pickle juice will rid your body of muscle cramps. It’s been tested in a lab & proven (Ladies this is not for menstrual cramps, just muscle cramps in legs, etc.)
Drink chamomile tea
A hot cup of relaxing chamomile tea can help relax the cramped muscles.
Pepper mint oil bath
Three times each week, soak a warm tub scented with 10 drops of peppermint oil. The warm water will relax your muscles, while the peppermint oil will naturally soothe your nerves — a combo that can ease muscle cramping 25 percent more effectively than over-the-counter painkillers and cut the frequency of future flare-ups in half.
Suffering from tight, sore muscles? Stubborn knots can hang around for months if they aren’t properly treated properly. So try any of the above remedies to treat muscle cramps