The soothing benefits of Epsom salt
You’ve spent a long day on your feet. Maybe you’ve been running errands, exercising or standing for long periods of time because of your job. Whatever your reason, the result is almost always the same — your neck or back pain starts flaring up. And now you’re feeling stressed. If you’re searching for an easy and inexpensive way to unwind and feel better, we have a simple and relaxing home remedy you can try to help ease your aches and pains.
The benefits of Epsom salt go back hundreds of years, and their soothing benefits kick in almost immediately after adding them to a warm bath. In fact, Epsom salt crystals are made up of naturally occurring magnesium and sulfate and can work wonders on muscle and back pain.
Create your own Epsom salt bath to soak up these surprising health benefits:
Reduces inflammation and pain
Using Epsom salt for back pain is a natural fit because it can reduce swelling from muscle strains and sprains. The magnesium and sulfate help your body heal while warm bath water helps to increase blood flow and promote healing. Lie down in the bath to let the warm water immerse your back.
Relaxes sore muscles
If your neck and shoulders are bearing the brunt of your stress, a warm bath could be just the right remedy for you. Magnesium in Epsom salt helps your muscles to relax to relieve pain caused by muscle tension. For an even more soothing experience, try adding 10 drops of lavender essential oil.
Magnesium is an essential electrolyte, meaning the body needs it to function. Balancing your electrolytes can help prevent many illnesses, like painful arthritis and even chronic fatigue. Magnesium helps balance another electrolyte, calcium, to keep your nerves functioning at their best.
How to use Epsom salt in a bath
Try this home remedy for sprains and strains. Run a warm bath. While the water is running, add two cups of Epsom salt under the spout so it dissolves quickly. Soak in the warm, soothing water for at least 15 to 20 minutes to get the health benefits and relax.
If Epsom salt baths and other conservative treatments aren’t relieving your chronic neck or back pain, contact Laser Spine Institute. We offer a free MRI review* so you can find out if you’re a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery. Let us help you get back to the life you love.