Friday, August 10, 2007

Leg Cramps

Last night, a woman in class asked for any ideas to help with night time foot and lower leg cramps. Here are a few ideas that got tossed around, and a special thanks to Janet and Sylvia for coming up with some interesting suggestions.

To prevent cramps:
1. Massage the lower legs and feet before going to bed and upon waking in the morning.
2. Eat more potassium.
3. Drink more water.
4. During the day, be sure your toes are relaxed and not gripping.
5. Stand evenly on the 4 corners of the feet (ball mound of big toe, ball mound of baby toe, inner and outer heel)
6. Root through the 4 corners and lift through the arches, especially just in front of the heel.
7. Put a bar of soap (Sylvia says Dove has been used successfully) near your feet in bed at night.

When cramps hit:
1. Tightly squeeze your ear lobes between your fingers.
2. Massage and exhale out the mouth with a sigh. Do not stretch the area.
3. Purse your lips and hold them with your fingers. Pull the lips away from the body. (Looks like a duck mouth, to me.)

Love Much,

Kris
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2 comments:

shinyyoga said...

Perfect timing! Thanks for this - I had a student in class this week who got a cramp and she was used to them but it made me think of what to do!!

Thanks : )

GlamSpirit said...

This is really helpful info Kris. Will share it with those who've asked me about it. Thank you!