A cramp is an involuntary and forcibly contracted muscle
that does not relax. Cramps can affect any muscle under your voluntary control
(skeletal muscle). Muscles that span two joints are most prone to cramping.
Cramps can involve part or all of a muscle, or several muscles in a group.
The most commonly affected muscle groups are:
- Back of lower
- Back of thigh
- Front of thigh
Cramps in the feet, hands, arms, abdomen, and along the
rib cage are also very common.
Although the exact cause of muscle cramps is unknown
(idiopathic), some researchers believe inadequate stretching and muscle fatigue
leads to abnormalities in mechanisms that control muscle contraction. Other
factors may also be involved, including poor conditioning, exercising or
working in intense heat, dehydration and depletion of salt and minerals
Cramps usually go away on their own without seeing a
- Stop doing whatever
activity triggered the cramp.
- Gently stretch and
massage the cramping muscle, holding it in stretched position until the
- Apply heat to
tense/tight muscles, or cold to sore/tender muscles.
To avoid future cramps, work toward better overall
fitness. Do regular flexibility exercises before and after you work out to
stretch muscle groups most prone to cramping.
Main Functions of Ares Kinesiology Tape
- Relieves pain and
circulation and lymphatic flow via superficial activation while reducing
- Corrects muscle
function through reduction of muscle tension and strengthening of the weakened
misalignment of joints
body to homeostasis.
with the body to allow and increase normal range of motion
normalize length/tension ratios to create optimal force
and improve tissue recovery
epidermal tissue homeostasis
inflammation and pressure on mechanical recept