Cramps are an inevitable part of almost every woman’s life. Each month, without fail, you feel your period before it begins. Cramps are usually felt in the abdomen or the lower back. They last anywhere from one to three days. For some women, cramps are merely a nuisance, something that is annoying but doesn’t affect your life. For other women, severe cramps send them to bed for a day or two each month. While you probably can’t totally rid your life of cramps, there are some things you can do to help ease the pain.
While you are having cramps:
Over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, usually help to lessen the pain.
Use a heating pad or a hot water bottle and apply heat directly to your abdomen or lower back.
Try different positions. You might find lying on your side with your knees bent helps relieve the pain or you might find another position feels better. Try sitting and lying down in different positions to find what works best for you.
A torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee can start a chain reaction of problems in that knee and leg. Recent research has suggested that an ACL injury can also cause problems in the other leg. Somehow a neurological response called the gamma loop becomes interrupted. The gamma loop controls normal muscle tension and assists in muscle activation--in this case, in the quadriceps muscles in the thigh. These authors studied quadriceps strength in two groups of people. One group had a torn ACL, and one group had healthy knees. The uninjured leg was tested in the group with the torn ACL. Quadriceps strength was tested. Then the subjects went through 20 minutes of vibrations to the leg. Vibrations are known to interfere with the gamma loop, causing decreased strength. As expected, the healthy group showed decreased strength after vibration. But the group with injured ACLs had no reduction in strength, a clear sign that the gamma loop was not working properly. No one is sure why the...
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