I have been recommending epsom salt baths to my clients for years now for the treatment of fibromyalgia related pain, joint and muscle pain, as well as everyday aches & pains. Those who try it are usually hooked. Epsom salt baths are not just a "feel good" thing that our mothers and grandmothers stood by. In addition to the visible benefits of soft smooth skin, there are physiological benefits of epsom salt baths. Soaking in epsom salt can soothe muscle pain and is effective in treating seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
The magnesium sulfate in epsom salt penetrates the skin and has an anti-inflammatory effect. The body's magnesium level increases when soaking with salts, which promotes the body's production of serotonin (www.mgwater.com/transdermal.shtml). Serotonin is a mood-regulating neurotransmitter that may increase feelings of relaxation and well-being. Magnesium has also been proven to support heartbeat regularity, the immune system and strong bones.
Epsom salt baths are an excellent supplement to active and healthy lifestyles. I recommend soaking in a hot epsom salt bath for at least 10 minutes as often as your busy schedule will permit. If possible, at least soak after a hard workout or deep tissue massage. Epsom salts are available at most drug stores in the first-aid section. If you are pregnant or have a history of heart disease, please consult your physician prior to soaking in an epsom salt bath.
by Anita Kraus, LMT, RN, BSN
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