Get Rid of Muscle Cramping and Pain for Good
After a long day of dancing, you come home and find yourself with some sore achy muscles and maybe even have some leg cramps. Some of you may sit in a hot bath or reach for a bottle of Advil. A few hours later you start experiencing some leg cramps and so you decide to pop a few more pills of Advil. Without knowing it, you are simply just masking symptoms and not getting to the root cause of where your muscle cramping and pain is coming from. If you want to get rid of muscle cramping and pain for good, you need to take a different approach.
At the last Money Muscle Movement Intensive for Dancers, one of the participants was telling me that she had been suffering from muscle cramping in her legs that would not go away no matter what she tried. I gave her the suggestion to take a magnesium supplement or to use a topical magnesium spray. About a week later she got back to me telling me that my suggestion had worked and she had been cramp free since she tried it. Magnesium is a powerful mineral that has been used by athletes for years to enhance their training and help with muscle recovery. As a dancer, I had never even heard of it before I started healing my health issues.
Most people today are deficient in Magnesium even though in past generations this was a rarity. The reason for the spike in people with Magnesium deficiency is due to several factors. Most soil today has been depleted due to high chemical usage and it lacks the minerals it once had. This causes our food supply to be less mineral rich as a result. Additionally, with medication use at an all-time high, many people have compromised digestive tracts that do not absorb minerals properly. Common symptoms for magnesium deficiency include leg cramps, insomnia, muscle pain, anxiety, fatigue and migraines. Dancers, have you been experiencing any of these symptoms? If so, you may need to start supplementing with magnesium. (NOTE: I am not a doctor and do not claim to diagnose medical diseases. Before beginning any type of supplement or lifestyle change, consult with your physician.)
The best food sources of magnesium include raw cacao, spinach, chard, pumpkin seeds, almonds, black beans, avocado, figs, and bananas. These foods are easy to toss into meal daily and will help you get in your daily doses of magnesium. Some of my favorite ways to eat these foods is in a smoothie. You can toss spinach, avocado, banana, blueberries or strawberries, avocado, and raw cacao into a blender and create a smoothie that takes like chocolate dessert. You may also want to consider taking a supplement or using a topical magnesium spray. I have had much success with using EASE at bedtime. (I am not making any money off amazon for linking to this product. I genuinely love it so much and have had such great results with it that I recommend it to everyone.) I have found it to significantly help with any muscle cramping or pain and I get a much better night’s sleep. Magnesium is wonderful because it will help you with 2 of you training techniques in one shot: Sleep and Muscle Recovery.
If you want to get rid of muscle cramping and pain for good, look no further than mother nature. She has everything you need to have a dance life that is pain free and fun.