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What’s the Deal with Hand Cramps?

Some people suffer from hand cramps time and time again, while others never experience the pain and discomfort (which is good for them).

There’s no shortage of causes of hand cramps, such as:

  • Overuse of the hands, forearm, and/or fingers

  • Dehydration

  • Arthritis

  • Diabetes

  • Electrolyte imbalance

As you can see, some of these causes are more serious than others, so this isn’t an ailment to ignore.

Some off the best home remedies include:

  • Stretching before and after activities that can cause hands to cramp

  • Massaging the muscles

  • Applying cold or heat to the area

  • Increasing fluid intake

For example, if your hand cramps are caused by dehydration, drinking water can bring you eventual relief. While doing so, you can also experiment with stretching and massaging the area, followed by ice or heat therapy for 10 to 15 minutes.

Just the same as any type of muscle cramp, those in your hand are painful enough to stop you dead in your tracks. Knowing the cause and possible treatments can bring you relief.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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