My DH suggested I take some table salt directly under my tongue when I had a bad leg cramp that wouldn't go away. I was skeptical, but he said that is what his football coach had told the players to do. I tried it and to my surprise it worked!
I also try to stretch out the muscle that is cramping -- my foot in virasana for example, I'll turn my foot under, flexing the ankle and toes as much as I can.
Here's a good article from the NY Times www.nytimes.com/2008/02/14/health/nutritio
DR. SCHWELLNUS proposes that the real cause of cramping is an imbalance between nerve signals that excite a muscle and those that inhibit its contractions. And that imbalance, he said, occurs when a muscle is growing fatigued.
His solutions for cramps are to exercise less intensely and for shorter times, to be sure you had enough carbohydrates to fuel your muscles, to train sufficiently and to regularly stretch the muscles that give you problems. These recommendations are based on his recent study of Ironman triathletes, Dr. Schwellnus said.
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