Everyone has experienced a muscle cramp at least once in their life. Muscle cramps can be a sudden and crippling feeling of pain as your muscles begin to spasm out of your control. This involuntary contraction of muscles can be very brief, lasting only a few seconds, or they can last for minutes. They most often occur in the legs in the calves or hamstrings, or they may occur in the feet or hands. Regardless of their longevity or location, they can be quite painful when they occur. So what causes muscles to cramp and spasm?
Some of the most common reasons for muscles cramps are:
Courtney Truax, LMT is a graduate of East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon. She is licensed through the Oregon Board of Massage Therapy and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She has her own studio massage practice in the heart of downtown Lake Oswego, Oregon.