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18 Feb 2003

gluteal cramps
i do not cramp easily but tend to get gluteal cramps during certain types of exercise (ballet leg-raises specificaly). i dont cramp anywhere else realy except my feet. are there any specific exercises that could reduce cramps to this area and is there any dietary advice you could give?
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Rebecca

Your best bet is to stretch the gluteal area, since cramping is often caused by a neuromuscular problem, which might be caused either by fatigue, or a familial predisposition to cramp.
I suggest you log onto www.health24.co.za and join the free gym-based interactive exercise programme called "War ON Wobbles". There you will find a comprehensive exercise programme as well as all the gluteal stretches. Alternatively, try "Shape up for Summer" which has a range of resistance exercises and stretches you can do from home.

From a dietary advice point of view, please write to Dietdoc for advice.

Good luck.
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