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5-Minute Workout: Relief from Cramps

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Do these 5 moves as soon as pain strikes and you'll feel better fast.

Ease Period Cramps

While period cramps may send you cowering back under the covers, it's exercise, not bed rest, that will revive you the most. And yoga is particularly effective in easing your pain. "Yoga incorporates deep breathing, which helps relieve the effects of oxygen deprivation to the tissues, one of the main causes of cramps," says Suzanne Trupin, MD, a gynecologist at the Women's Health Practice in Champaign, Illinois. Here, how to find relief in just five minutes with these simple moves from Cyndi Lee, director of OM yoga in New York City.

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susymnn wrote:

Blood clotting is definitely the cause. What works best is drinking a lot of fluids, water and tea. Cinnamon tea or ginger tea work really well. Heating pads are good too. You can just throw some rice into a sock and heat it in the microwave, so easy!. The best way to relieve cramps, for me, is to smoke a joint. No kidding. The pain is gone after a few hits of some dank weed. lol

2/15/2014 02:49:54 PM Report Abuse
sharoncoulson99 wrote:

Yoga has always made me feel peaceful and serene.Specially after a busy day at work.During periods also yoga is really good for the cramps.Me and my daughter get our periods around the same time ,so she joins me to yoga center only during her periods to soothe down her cramps.I got her adira period panties so that she doesn't have to worry about staining the yoga mat or anywhere else for that matter.Trying to get her to do yoga on a daily basis.

6/15/2013 04:51:14 AM Report Abuse
purpleflower29347 wrote:

Doubt this would work for me. I get really really bad cramps and I can barely get out of bed....:/

4/20/2012 04:06:38 PM Report Abuse
pgoldenbaum wrote:

Best thing that works girls, Get a hot pad and put it where it hurts. I took a bag I made out of material, filled it with rice (this puts just enough pressure with heat). Sew it up and then stick it in the microwave. I live like that the whole week, One at work the other at home. Now my girlfriend at work is always asking to use it. If your cramps are as bad as mine, this is the only thing that works... works better than the pain meds the Dr.s give me.

4/19/2012 08:27:11 AM Report Abuse
jennifer_bowers wrote:

I can't see this working because when I'm cramping, I don't want to move at all.

8/9/2010 09:16:25 AM Report Abuse

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