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Navigating Leg Cramps in Parkinson's

Living with Parkinson's disease presents its unique set of challenges, and one commonly experienced symptom Im hearing from clients is leg cramps. These cramps can be not only uncomfortable but also disruptive to daily life. As a Parkinson's expert, I understand the importance of addressing these issues comprehensively. In this blog, we'll delve into the connection between Parkinson's and leg cramps and explore effective tips, with a special focus on incorporating Magnesium and Yoga Tune Up balls into your routine.

Understanding the Link:

While Parkinson hallmark symptoms include tremors, stiffness, and impaired balance, leg cramps can also manifest in individuals with Parkinson's. The exact cause of leg cramps in Parkinson's is multifaceted, involving factors such as muscle rigidity, medication side effects, and reduced physical activity.

Alleviating Leg Cramps with Exercise:

Exercise is a cornerstone in managing Parkinson's symptoms, including leg cramps. Engaging in a well-rounded fitness routine can enhance flexibility, balance, and muscle strength, reducing the frequency and intensity of cramps.

Yoga Tune Up balls are also a favorite of mine. They are small, pliable self-massage tools that can be incredibly beneficial for individuals with Parkinson's. Incorporating them into your exercise routine can provide targeted relief to specific muscle groups, promoting relaxation and reducing cramping.

Tips for Alleviating Leg Cramps with Yoga Tune Up Balls:

Self-Massage Techniques:

Start by sitting or lying down in a comfortable position.

Place the Yoga Tune Up ball under the cramping muscle, such as the calf or thigh.

Apply gentle pressure and roll the ball in a circular motion to release tension.

Here's a video where you can follow along with me.

Don't forget your feet they are attached to your calves:)

Sit on a chair and place the Yoga Tune Up ball under the arch of your foot.

Roll the ball back and forth to stimulate the muscles and joints in the foot.

Perform ankle circles and toe flexion exercises to improve overall foot mobility.

Now its time time to stretch that Calf!

Gastroc Calf Stretch

This move is an “oldie but goodie,” especially when you don’t get a lot of uphill in your daily steps.

To start, place the ball of a foot on the apex of the half roller(or a rolled up towel), drop the heel all the way to the ground, and straighten that knee. Step forward with the opposite foot and hold for a few breaths.P.S. If you can’t bring your foot all the way forward, take a smaller step.

I encourage you to integrate these exercises into your daily routine for optimal results.

Consistency is key, so make it a habit to spend a few minutes each day using the Yoga Tune Up balls. Most of our clients tell us the cramps are worse at night so it would be best to work on your legs before bed.

Managing leg cramps typically requires a holistic approach that addresses both the neurological aspects of the condition and the physical symptoms. By incorporating frequent exercise and Tune Up balls into your routine, you can effectively alleviate tension, improve muscle flexibility, and contribute to an overall sense of well-being. We always have tune up and alpha balls in stock at the gym so be sure to grab a set if you haven't already! Reach out to Kathy in the office to order yourself a pair.

Yours in health:)


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