March 15, 2010How to Avoid Muscle Cramps Getting muscle cramps during a workout is not a pleasurable experience. Since KT Tape is in the business of helping people feel better, we wanted to get to the root of this painful experience and find out what causes those nasty pains and how to avoid them. According an EMedicine Health article, muscle cramps are " felt to be caused by excessively excited nerves that stimulate the muscles." Injuries can cause nerves or muscles to cramp more easily. Dehydration is also a big contributor to cramps. Low levels of calcium, magnesium and potassium can prompt muscle cramps. Deficiencies of certain vitamins, including thiamine (B1), pantothenic acid (B5), and pyridoxine (B6), can also cause muscle cramps. Also some medications can make muscle cramps more likely. For more information on what types of medications are particularly known to cause muscle cramps read Muscle Cramps. To prevent these cramps from sneaking up on you and waking you up or disrupting your normal routine, stretching before and after strenuous activity is the best method. Adequate warm up and hydration goes a long way in preventing cramps. Replacement of electrolytes-particularly sodium and potassium-are important to replace because those two are the primary components of perspiration. No one likes a muscle cramp and now hopefully we can all learn how to avoid them. And don't forget that KT Tape can be there every step of the way.