Cramps, also known as 'Catch'
are a response to a change in the blood distribution
in the body. They happen when muscles receive
insufficient supplies of oxygen-rich blood. In
everyday oxygen-rich blood. In everyday life,
they may occur due to strenuous exercise, a swim
after a heavy meal, or in cold weather. Potassium,
calcium and magnesium deficiencies are the chief
Menstrual cramps are common among younger women
who haven't had children. Among diabetics, the
problem could lead to life-threatening events
such as strokes and heart attacks. Muscle cramps
are an occupational hazard among writers, typists,
pianists, tailors and seamstresses. Over-exertion
in cold water may lead to swimmer's cramps and
temporary paralysis. The victim may drown, if
not rescued immediately. Nocturnal leg cramps
usually affect older patients.
Prevention & treatment ::
Bananas contain a high level of potassium,
which in turn improves blood circulation. Drink
milk and get your daily dosage of magnesium. Mineral
supplements also help. Exercise related cramps
might be prevented by doing stretching exercises
prior to strenuous workouts. Foot care is essential.
Avoid tight-fitting shoes. Consult your doctor
for more details.