Easy cramps in legs and feet Drink a glass of salty water before going to bed
Zhang Xingping, deputy chief physician of the Department of Orthopaedics, Wangjing Hospital of China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, said: “Leg cramps are indeed a lot of people. In fact, it doesn’t just happen during sleep, but it also happens in cold-weather gym activities and swimming.
Especially for the latter two, it may even happen that the body may be injured or endanger life. Don’t take it lightly.
Zhang Xingping explained that leg cramps are actually a kind of contraction that occurs when muscles are strongly stimulated. Generally, muscle cramps in the calves and toes are the most common.
So why do people have leg cramps?
First, the cold is irritating.
Second, fatigue, lack of sleep, or excessive rest cause accumulation of local acidic metabolites, causing muscle spasms.
Third, the sleeping posture is not good, such as prolonged supine, quilt pressed on the foot surface, or prone position, foot surface against the bed, so that certain muscles of the calf are in a state of absolute relaxation, causing the muscles to “passive contraction.”
Fourth, nerves are stimulated and may be caused by cervical or lumbar problems.
“The cramps caused by these reasons are basically the same and there is no obvious difference.
Recently, Taiwan’s “Health” magazine quoted Lin Songkai, a rehabilitation physician at the Taipei Medical Center’s Sports Medicine Center, as saying that leg cramps during sleep may also be caused by electrolyte imbalances in the body, calcium deficiency, and excessive water loss.Some medical diseases (such as hypothyroidism) or drug replacement (taking certain antihypertensive and hypolipidemic drugs) and neurological diseases are related.
Therefore, he suggested that you can drink a replacement sports drink or saline before going to bed, while keeping warm while sleeping.
However, if it is caused by electrolyte imbalance, calcium deficiency, nerve stimulation, etc., cramps often do not only occur in the legs and feet, other parts of the body may also appear, and will repeat repeatedly.
Therefore, remind everyone that in such cases, you should seek medical treatment in a timely manner.
In the event of a sudden cramp, Zhang Xingping believes that the most direct relief is to massage the area where the fracture occurred. Use the thumb of the other hand to mate with the other four fingers, and repeatedly pick up the muscles on the back of the affected leg for several minutes from top to bottom.
Tian Weiming, the chief physician of the Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Orthopedics of the Provincial Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital of Hebei Medical University, recommends that you can “do the opposite”, that is, step on your toenails in the opposite direction of their force and persist for more than one or two minutes to achieve results.
Specifically, if the muscles in the back of the calf are cramped, you can pull your toes to stilt the feet and straighten the knee joint at the same time; if the muscles in the front of the calf are cramps, you can press the toes to press the toes.
After that, you can walk down and step on the ground with the forefoot of the affected leg to make the pain disappear.
Dealing with “leg cramps” should also “prevent problems before they occur.”
Tian Weiming suggested drinking plenty of soy milk and milk, and eating foods with high calcium content, such as vegetables and meat; wear more clothes after the cold, and keep your calves warm when sleeping.
Soak your feet in hot water before going to bed and pay attention to your sleeping position.
At the same time, you can also massage the middle point of the massage committee (the middle of the diamond-shaped depression in the back of the knee), place the fingertip of the other hand on the middle point of the committee of the affected limb, and place the thumb above the cheekbones.0.
5 to 1 minute; Yanglingquan point (above obliquely below, the fibula head on the outside of the calf is slightly depressed in front), place the thumb and abdomen on the same side of the affected limb Yanglingquan point, and attach the remaining four fingers to the legPlace, press knead 0 with appropriate force.
5-1 minutes, can improve blood circulation, especially useful for middle-aged and elderly people.