Muscle cramps can be a nuisance, a pain, or complete agony, depending on the situation.
It seems that there are three kinds:
- The kind that wakes you up from a sound sleep with a sudden tightness and pain, probably in your calf muscle.
- The kind that comes on with a lot of exertion, especially in the heat. This would apply to people who do physical work outside, or athletes competing on a hot day.
- This one comes on when doing something a bit unusual for you during a workout or massage session. For example, on your back, feet flat on the ground and bringing your hips up into a bridge. Often the hamstrings will cramp as you push yourself up. Another one: some of us will get a cramp in the bottom of our foot when asked to point the toes.
Why does this happen? If there is an answer to that, can it give us a clue as to how to prevent them?
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