Leg cramps.


Newsgroups: alt.folklore.herbs
Subject: Re: help with cramps needed
From: Tsu Dho Nimh <abacaxi.hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 08 Jan 2000 04:49:40 -0700

>Hi everyone, Just a quick question that someone may be able to help me with.....my husband is a swimmer [longish distances] and has started to get bad cramps in his calves.
>Can anyone suggest a way to stop this, and/or a way to ease the cramps when they hit? they last for about half an hour or so after he gets out of the pool.

Muscle cramps come from a variety of causes ...

  1. ergonomics ... is he swimming correctly?
    if he does a single kick-stroke too long, or incorrectly for a while, he WILL get cramps. the solution is to change strokes every few laps in training swims to one with a whole different leg motion.
  2. More ergonomics ... is he swimming relaxed or tense?
    If he's tensely holding his feet in posotion for a kick the WHOLE time he swims, he will cramp. Solution: relax on the return part of the kick as much as possible.
  3. Lactose buildup from anaerobic muscle activity.
    Partly alleviated by relaxing for part of the stroke which allows better circulation, partly alleviated by slowing down a bit so that he doesn't go anaerobic.
  4. Mineral depletion
    Solution - more calcium and magnesium in his diet

Tsu Dho Nimh