Leg Cramps, Charlie Horses, Muscle Spasms

Although this isn't a very pretty topic it happens and sometimes in my classes. So I'd like to talk about it briefly and offer a few suggestions. 

If you get them, your automatic response might be to try and massage the area or to stretch it out. This rarely works. Instead try this:

Let's say the spasm is in the foot. Contract it even more. Curl the toes in tightly. This might be scary at first because you want the muscles to relax. But when you intentionally contract the muscle the spasm stops almost immediately. Pretty cool huh!

Spasms by definition, are caused by nerve impulses to the muscles, nerve impulses that are out of control. So by intentionally contracting (shortening) the muscles you've taken control and reset the nerve impulses. 

Here are some of the reasons why you might get muscle spasms:


  • Overuse of a muscle

  • Poor muscle tone

  • Poor blood circulation

  • Dehydration

  • Not warming up the muscles first

  • Muscle strain or simply holding a position for a prolonged period

  • Nerve compression in the spine

If you're feeling numbness, tingling or stabbing pain, stand up and decompress your spine. I'll talk about how to decompress the spine in my next newsletter.


However, if you would like my immediate help to relieve sciatic pain call me to arrange a private session for sciatica.

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I have extensive training beyond that of a Registered Yoga teacher to qualify me to work therapeutically to guide people safely with health conditions.  As with any exercise program, please consult a physician to make sure that it is safe and appropriate for you. None of the information on this page is medical advice.
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