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How Can I Stop Leg Cramps?

Leg cramps can occur in any situation, and when they do, it can hurt severely. While most leg cramps go away on their own after a while, it is understandable that one would want to stop the cramping as soon as possible. There are some things that you can do to relax the muscles of your leg and stop the cramping.

The easiest thing that you can do is to stretch your legs slowly. For milder cramps, a light stretch will do. You simply have to sit down, put up the affected leg, and stretch your foot backwards till you feel your leg muscles stretch. Doing this for a few minutes will normally take care of the cramp. In addition, you can massage the cramping muscles gently as well. Gently massaging the affected area will help stop the contraction and ease the pain.

For more severe leg cramps, deep leg stretching might be a better option. You can do this by sitting on the floor and stretching out the leg that is cramped in front of you. Again, pull your foot gently backwards - towards your knee. When you’ve stretched it as far as it would go, stay in that position for at least 30 seconds. Repeat the process as often as needed.

Even after the cramping has stopped, you may still feel pain or soreness in your legs. What you can do then is take a relaxing hot bath or shower. The heat will help your muscles relax even more.

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