Recurring muscle cramps are painful and surprisingly common. They are common in pregnancy, the elderly, children, the fit and active and are often associated with many diseases. But what are the causes and what's the cure? Dietician Karen Protheroe of the The Lean Aubergine Dietetic Services explains.
In those who get exercise associated muscle cramps, it seems that the main cause is not dehydration or loss of electrolytes or other minerals…the main cause seems to be muscle fatigue. Therefore the main goal of treatment for muscle cramping in those who exercise, is to prevent muscle fatigue by not overtraining and overheating, by eating and drinking sufficiently (and that includes drinking enough fluid as well as not over-hydrating) and by stretching ones muscles.