Dr. Nathan Kadlecek, PT
Is a physical therapist committed to providing high quality health information, largely focused on lower back pain and the gross overuse of diagnostic imaging, medication, surgery, low quality treatment methods, and the over-diagnosis of pain conditions. He's also a powerlifter, pain nerd, macro-scale thinker, and wants to help you think differently about pain, healthcare, and life.
There are two leading causes of muscle cramping that have been studied to date.
1. Electrolyte imbalance
You have a higher risk of cramping if you meet a few criteria:
3. Low fitness levels
You can develop a cramp from being overhydrated or underhydrated because both scenarios will lead to your electroytes being less balanced.
It terms of low fitness levels, routinely exercising and pushing your muscles to fatigue is a great way to protect again muscle cramping and spasms, particularly if you like to perform higher intensity activities in high temperature environments.
Please share in the comments below what you've tried to improve muscle cramping/spasms, and what's worked/not worked!