What Causes Cramps In Your Legs?

What Causes Cramps In Your Legs? (And Can A Chiropractor Help?)

If you’ve even been shocked awake by a sudden, involuntary leg cramp during the middle of the night (or any other time of day, for that matter), you might be wondering just what on earth caused it. Were you just sleeping or moving strangely? Or is there something else behind those annoying cramps?

There are a number of culprits behind these pains – but you may be surprised to hear that chiropractic care can help soothe them.

Why Do My Legs (and Body) Cramp At All?

Muscle cramps are involuntary contractions, often painful and sudden. They can occur in various muscles, including your legs, feet, calves, and even hands and abdomen. While the exact cause can vary, here are some common reasons they happen.

Electrolyte Imbalance

Deficiencies in essential electrolytes, including magnesium, potassium and calcium, can contribute negatively to muscle function, disrupting nerve signals and triggering cramps.


From headaches to a lack of energy, dehydration can cause a lot of problems in the body, and can go so far as to impact your muscles and lead to leg cramps. Being dehydrated can disrupt electrolyte balance and muscle function, making them more susceptible to cramping.

Overexertion And Fatigue

Another answer to the question of “what causes cramps in your legs?” is that overworking or fatigue of your muscles, especially without proper warm-up or cool-down. This is because muscle fatigue reduces your ability to relax properly.

Medical Conditions And Medications

Certain medical conditions – such as nerve compression, pinched nerves, and even diabetes – can contribute to cramps. Additionally, some medications, like diuretics and statins, can affect electrolyte levels and potentially trigger cramps.

Can A Chiropractor Help With Cramps?

While leg cramps are common, don’t forget other areas vulnerable to these painful spasms. This includes foot cramps, hand cramps, and abdominal cramps – many of which can be eased with the help of a skilled chiropractor. And, while chiropractic care doesn’t directly address electrolyte imbalances or dehydration, it can potentially help with cramps in several ways.

Chiropractors Can Improve Nerve Function

Misalignments in the spine can irritate nerves, potentially contributing to muscle tension and cramping. Chiropractic adjustments aim to restore proper nerve function, potentially reducing nerve signals that trigger cramps.

Improved Muscle Performance And Blood Flow

Chiropractic care can improve muscle function and blood flow throughout the body, potentially aiding in muscle recovery and reducing cramping susceptibility. It can also help release muscle tension, potentially reducing overall tightness that can contribute to cramps.

A Holistic Approach

Chiropractors often provide advice on nutrition, hydration, and exercise, which can address underlying factors that contribute to cramps. However, do keep in mind that chiropractic care is not a guaranteed cure for cramps, and that if you experience frequent or severe cramping, consulting a doctor is crucial to rule out any underlying medical conditions.


At Dynamic Chiropractic, we can help with a wide range of ailments, from leg cramps to headaches, spinal alignment, and so much more. Get in touch with our team or make your first booking online today.


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