Muscle Spasm Relief the Natural Way
By Stephen R. Farris
Whether it's doing chores around your home or going to the gym, exercising is one of the best ways to get fit and stay in shape.
But sometimes we may overdo it. Our muscles may tighten up and cause spasms. It can happen anywhere in the body: legs, hands, feet, arms, back, etc.
The best relief for muscle spasms is to rest, light stretching and/or massage. There are also a few natural food remedies you can try for muscle spasm relief.
Using the herb chamomile for pain relief dates back to ancient times. Chamomile contains 36 flavonoids, each with anti-inflammatory properties. Chamomile can be found in the form of an essential oil, that can be massaged over the area you're experiencing muscle spasms. It is also available as a tea.
While we know that pickle juice can help with muscle cramps, and is widely used by professional athletes, there's another natural drink that can give relief as well cherry juice. Cherry juice contains both antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that help aid in relaxing muscles.
Say Yes to the Blues - Blueberries That Is
Blueberries are another natural food source rich with antioxidants. They can also lessen oxidative stress and inflammation. So before your next workout, whip up a batch of blueberry smoothies. Drink one before your workout and another afterwards. Your body will be very pleased, and your muscles will too.
Some Like It Hot, Hot, Hot!
Cayenne pepper has been shown to contain capsaicin, a known natural muscle relaxant. Besides its availability in the supermarket spice aisle, cayenne pepper is also available in capsule form and as a topical cream.
If you experience muscle spasms on a regular basis, it could be a sign that you're low on Vitamin D. The good news is that you can get Vitamin D from a variety of food sources, such as eggs, milk, and fish. Soaking up a little sun daily can be another natural way to get Vitamin D. It's also available in capsule form, and many moisturizing lotions contain Vitamin D as one of their ingredients.
Magnesium is found in bananas, legumes, brown rice and other natural foods. It's a nutrient that our bodies need to assist with normal muscle and nerve function.
For more information about muscle spasms and getting relief, visit with your local chiropractor and hear tips and suggestions they can give you to help relieve your pain.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Rockville, Md.