As a pharmacist, you’d probably get asked quite often about the treatment options for muscle cramps or spasms of the lower legs i.e. the calves. Too often, we tend to just direct them to magnesium supplements that they will be taking lifelong, when in fact a simple stretch might be sufficient.
Constant walking, sitting, standing or just being sedentary can lead to tight muscles, which in turn makes it more prone to cramp up or spasm. A simple stretch for the calf, as outlined in the diagram below, can help lengthen these muscles and help reduce those unwanted episodes from occurring.
1) Stop if it hurts
2) Maintain each stretch for ten to thirty seconds
3) Stretch both sides equally
4) Remember to breathe
In general, the benefits of stretching are outlined below1, 2:
1) Improved flexibility
2) Increased joint range of motion
3) Increase blood flow to the muscles
4) Improving athletic performance in some activities
5) Decreasing the risk of activity-based injuries
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1) Teens Health. Stretching [Internet]. Nemours; [updated 2013 July; cited 2016 September 26]. Available from: http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/stretching.html
2) Mayo Clinic. Stretching: Focus on flexibility [Internet]. Mayo Clinic; [updated 2014 March 4; cited 2016 September 26]. Avilable from: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/stretching/art-20047931