Is muscle pain cramping your style?

If you’ve ever had muscle spasms, you’ll know how debilitating they can be. Our top tips will help keep your muscles happy.

Muscle spasms or cramps are painful contractions and tightening of your muscles.

Common, involuntary and unpredictable, they can range in intensity from mild, uncomfortable twitches to intense pain.

What causes muscles cramps?

It doesn’t matter whether you’re old or young, full of beans or a couch potato, cramps can happen to anyone at any time, although some people are more prone than others.

While the exact cause is unknown, risk factors are believed to include poor physical condition, dehydration, mineral and electrolyte depletion, stress and yup, tight, inflexible muscles.

Top tips for treating muscle cramps

Cramp can strike while you’re exercising, sitting at work, walking the dog or sleeping but you don’t have to “just live” with muscle spasms.

While they might be unpredictable, there are steps you can take to ease/prevent muscle cramps:

Load up on magnesium

The fourth most abundant mineral in the human body, magnesium is needed for every major biological process.

It’s essential for proper muscle function and low levels can cause muscles to over-contract.

Inadequate magnesium may lead to spasms, cramps, neck pain, back aches and other muscular discomfort.

Try some cramp bark

Cramp bark is a flowering shrub native to Europe and parts of Africa and Asia.

As its name suggests, extracts from this botanical’s bark and roots have traditionally been used in Western herbal medicine to help relieve muscle cramps.

Cramp bark is used for its anti-spasmodic properties that may help relax and smooth muscle tissue.

Vitamin D might help

While research is continuing, some scientists think a lack of vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, might reduce muscle mass and increase muscle weakness.

Stay hydrated and get your stretch on

Some experts suggest drinking plenty of fluids every day to help muscles contract and relax.

And remember to stretch before and after you use any muscle for an extended period.

Yoga before bedtime may help if you experience cramps while you’re sleeping.

A quick and easy supplement for muscle cramps

For busy people on the go, GO Healthy’s Pro Magnesium Muscle is a convenient, easy-to-absorb formula containing magnesium in two forms, along with cramp bark, to support muscle function.

With the additional benefit of supporting cardiovascular system function, take two VegeCapsules daily and get ready to enjoy your day.

* This post is brought to you by GO Healthy Pro Magnesium Muscle. Supplements should not replace a balanced diet. Always read the label and follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional.