Natural Relaxant Remedies
A natural muscle relaxer can help muscle spasms or cramps. A muscle spasm is an involuntary contraction of a muscle. They may be painful or not even noticed. The spasm can feel like tightness or a knot in a muscle. It often hurts to use the muscle. Usually, when you have a muscle spasm or cramp, you know it.
Many people frequently have “tight muscles” in their neck, back, temples, traps (trapezius muscles—those are the muscles you want rubbed when you say, “can you rub my shoulders?”) or legs. From the “weekend warrior” to the professional athlete, muscle spasms or cramps can occur in the muscles during strenuous activity.
The common name for a muscle cramp or spasm is “Charley horse” a term that is most often used for cramps in the leg muscles. These cramps can be particularly painful, and a muscle spasm remedy or natural muscle relaxer such as Relax Already or Formula 303 can help.
A spasm or cramp usually occurs from overusing the muscles in a repetitive fashion or from injuring the muscle during sporting activities or work. Muscle spasms are also common in the neck during long periods of stress.
Dehydration during strenuous activity is a risk factor in producing a cramp. So, it is important to drink plenty of water during strenuous activities. You may want to take a natural muscle relaxant to alleviate the cramp pain.
A cramp during exercise may be extremely painful.
How to Help Muscle Spasms and Cramps
- Ice packs on spasms caused by injury for the first 2 to 3 days. You may use the ice for 20–30 minutes every 3 to 4 hours.
- Gently stretch the muscle to ease the spasm or cramp.
- After 2-3 days of ice, spasms may be treated with moist heat for 20 to 30 minutes several times a day.
- Your can get stretching exercises from your health provider or exercise instructor.
- Massage therapy can help to loosen a tight cramp or muscle spasm.
- Formula 303 and Relax Already have been found to be very effective natural muscle spasm remedy in helping the symptoms of muscle spasms and muscle cramps.
When deeper structures such as ligaments or discs are injured or in rare instances, infections or tumors are present, muscle spasms may also occur. For this reason, we recommend visiting your health professional for any long term muscle spasm that is not going away to assure that it is not caused by some underlying problem. If you get a clean bill of health, then by all means try a natural muscle relaxer which will probably help with your muscle spasm.
What are tension headaches?
Did you know that approximately 69% of men and 88% of women develop a tension headache at some time in their lives?
Symptoms may include:
- Vise-like pain around your head
- Pressing/tightening located on both sides of the head
- Neck tension associated with headache
May be mild or of moderate intensity and not aggravated by routine physical activity and usually there is no nausea or vomiting as there is with a migraine.
Tension headaches are a result of unwanted and involuntary contraction of neck and scalp muscles. This may be due to short-term or prolonged stress, depression or anxiety. In addition, any prolonged activity that causes the head to be held in one position for a long time without moving can cause a headache. It is dangerous to frequently take over the counter pain medications such as ibuprofen, aspirin or Tylenol because of the problem called “rebound headache”. This occurs from frequent use of these pain medications. Formula 303 has not been shown to cause rebound headaches and is very effective at alleviating the muscle contraction associated with tension headaches. This is basically a natural tension headache remedy.
How Stress Develops
Many life experiences result in some form of stress, fear, anxiety and phobia. Stress can even be due to boredom. Stress can be caused by good events and bad. For example; we all know the stress involved with going on vacation. This is basically a great event, but can be very stressful.
Much research regarding stress has focused on change. It seems that we just don’t like change too much. It is the change of life events that seem to cause us the stress we experience.
- Death of a spouse or loved one
- Change of job or school
- Moving to a new home
- Promotion or demotion at work
- Family member leaving home
- New family member
- New illness or injury
Of course other factors such as conflicts in relationships, impossible demands placed on us by employers or family members and even being lonely can all cause symptoms of stress.
We humans respond to stress in many ways. Different hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol are released that cause a whole host of symptoms such as rapid heart rate, increased breathing rate, feelings of unreality or anxiety. Prolonged stress is very harmful to our health and well-being.