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Treatment For Exercise-Associated Muscle Cramps in Malaysia

Exercise-associated muscle cramps commonly occur during or shortly after exercise. Athletes are more susceptible to muscle cramps up to 8 hours following exercise in a cramp-prone state. Isolated exercise-associated muscle cramps involved continuous contraction and shortening of a single multi-joint muscle such as calf muscles, quadriceps, and hamstrings. Generalized exercise-associated muscle cramps may affect multiple and bilateral muscles. Typical symptoms of exercise-associated muscle cramps include acute pain, stiffness, visible bulging or knotting of the muscle, and possible muscle soreness that can last up to several days. Other causes of skeletal muscle cramps may be due to metabolic, neurologic, or endocrine pathology.

There are two theories for the cause of exercise-associated muscle cramps, the dehydration-electrolyte theory and the neuromuscular theory. Maintaining hydration and adequate electrolyte levels are beneficial to alleviate the symptoms of exercise-associated muscle cramps. Some recommendations adding 0.3-0.7 g/L of salt or higher amounts of sodium (3.0-6.0 g/L) to their drinks based on the frequency of muscle cramps. A volume of fluid loss, which is less than 2% of bodyweight reduction, is recommended to maintain proper hydration in athletes. Monitoring the bodyweight of the athlete helps to ensure sufficient fluid replacement. 

Stretching, quinine, and beta-blockers are shown to be effective in alleviating muscle cramps. Moderate stretching of the affected muscle is most commonly used to relax the muscle. Exercises that improve the neuromuscular system, such as plyometric exercise and endurance training, may be beneficial to prevent exercise-associated muscle cramps by delaying neuromuscular fatigue. Contact Chiropractic Specialty Cetner® for exercise-associated muscle crapy treatment in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. CSC’s clinical teams’ understanding of causes and therapy options can help you recover faster.

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