How to Stop a Muscle Cramp in its Tracks

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Filed Under: Bone & Joint Health, Muscle Cramps and Spasms
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

How to Stop a Muscle Cramp in its Tracks

Do muscle cramps sneak up and grip you with pain at the most unexpected times?

A muscle cramp or strain occurs because you may have inadvertently irritated a muscle or muscle group. They strike in places where there is “soft tissue,” such as near the spine, thigh, calf muscle, abdomen, etc. Besides making sure that you are getting enough calcium in your diet (important in muscle relaxation), there are a few natural remedies to treat these painful strains. Try the following therapies for relief:

Traumeel

This topical ointment contains an herb called anica and stops pain and swelling almost immediately. Traumeel can be applied as often as needed. In rare cases it can irritate the skin, so test it on a small area first.

DMSO

Dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) is a clear, colorless, slightly oily liquid with a faint smell of sulfur and when applied, it passes through the skin’s oily membranes to reduce pain, swelling and inflammation. Mix a solution of one capful of water and one capful of DMSO in a glass container, then use your fingers or a cotton ball to rub the mixture into your skin. Apply at least three times a day. You may experience mild itching and irritation if you are using DMSO for the first time, but it is only temporary.

Turmeric Paste

The Indian spice, turmeric, is a natural pain-reliever and has natural anti-inflammatory properties. It has been used since ancient times in the treatment of strains and sprains. Make a paste with two tablespoons of turmeric powder and one tablespoon of lime juice, then add a small amount of boiling water. Apply the paste to the painful area and wrap with cheesecloth or plastic wrap.

Whatever method you choose, you can find fast relief, naturally.

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