Epsom Salt Bath for Back Pain
Back pain is one of the most common chronic conditions in Canada. Approximately four in five adults between the ages of 30 and 50 will experience at least one episode of back pain at some time in their lives. Epsom salts are high in magnesium and promote the release of lactic acid from muscle tissue.
An Epsom salts bath can be helpful any time you are suffering from aches and muscle strain. It is also an excellent idea for the evening after you have had a massage because it helps to clear out released lactic acid. Without this, there may be a temporary generalized soreness following the massage treatment of a particularly tight area.
Epsom salts are readily available at your local pharmacy. To enjoy a soothing bath using Epsom salts, use a generous amount of salts in a full bath. The temperature of the water should be as hot as you can comfortably tolerate. Soak in the bath for approximately 20 minutes, without adding any bathing solutions or oils and without using soap, as these substances will alter the chemistry of the water. After soaking for 20 minutes avoid rinsing so that the residual magnesium remains on your skin.
Make sure that you keep a glass of cold water beside you and sip it during the bath. Talk to your naturopathic doctor to see if Epsom salts are right for you. Use caution if you are over the age of 50 or have been diagnosed with heart trouble.