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May 1, 2004

Nocturnal Leg Cramps

A client came in today hoping to get relief from nocturnal leg cramps in the thigh. While I can treat a cramp immediately on my table, I'm skeptical about how helpful massage is for a chronic problem like this. However, this client who had massage during physical therapy for another problem said that massage significantly eased his symptoms.

I've heard many reasons for cramps including muscle fatigue, pregnancy, an electrolyte imbalance, dehydration and structural abnormalities such as fallen arches or plantar faciitis.

The Analyst website suggest that certain medical conditions or hormone imbalances may be a factor.

Alternative Health and Medicine.com suggest that some prescription drugs may be to blame. Or a calcium deficiency may be the culprit. They list supplements you can take and the proper amount. As always, check with your doctor before loading up on supplements, especially if you are taking prescription medications.

Posted by linda at May 1, 2004 8:15 AM

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