Using magnesium salts for chronic and acute back pain has been a subject of discussions and research for a long time. There is no arguing that replacing medications with natural treatments and remedies could save many people from sometimes horrible side-effects which come with taking pain-killers, sometimes very strong.
Back pain affects most people at some point in their lives. In many cases, it has simple reasons, such as a muscle strain (commonly known as a pulled muscle), ligament or tendon injury, or a herniated intervertebral (“slipped”) disk which may press on nearby nerves causing acute pain.
Back pain that lasts for more than 2 or 3 months is considered chronic. Chronic back pain may have a number of causes, most common of which could be an old injury or degenerative disease (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis etc).
Chronic back pain is a lot more difficult to treat than acute. There can also be underlying serious causes of chronic back pain (e.g. tumours). This means that any back pain which lasts longer than a month needs to be investigated and diagnosed. Statistics show that 80% of people in the Western world will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives.
Five reasons for back pain
- Being overweight
- Psychological problems
- Sitting too much, not moving around enough
- Magnesium deficiency.
Traditionally, medical treatments of back pain involve prescribing non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and even opioids. Both of these, while bringing immediate pain relief, have serious side-effects while addressing only the symptom of the problem and not the cause of it. For example, NSAIDs can result in 2 to 4 times higher rate of heart attacks and strokes, digestive problems, high blood pressure, kidney problems and other issues.
Opioid medicines are highly addictive. Anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen destroy the stomach lining and often lead to digestive problems which may result in internal bleeding. There are other medicines, often expensive, which have even more serious consequences.
A natural approach to chronic and acute back pain
- Shedding even a few pounds will take a considerable load off your spine and muscles supporting it. It will also help preserve the intervertebral discs which get squashed when under extra pressure. Work towards establishing and maintaining an optimal weight to height ratio (BMI).
- Are you stressed? Why? What can you do about it? Do you need help?
- Are you perhaps feeling emotional, or burying issues which have been on your mind for a while? It is believed that emotional pain translates into physical problems, and back/ muscle/joint pain take the worst of it. Often when emotional issues get resolved the pain eventually goes away.
- Get up and move around if your work involves sitting long hours. A sedentary lifestyle can result in a permanent damage to the spine.
- Take regular breaks during work.
- Watch your posture. Incorrect position creates a lot of strain on the back eventually leading to permanent damage.
- Exercise. Gentle stretching – for example, Yoga and Pilates – is a great way to keep the back in good condition.
- Have regular massage treatments. Magnesium massage, for example, will soften the tissues and help stretch the muscles while bringing relief from aches and pain.
- Drink lots of water. It helps to keep muscles and joints supple and maintain intervertebral discs in a healthy state.
- How many hours do you sleep? Do you often wake up during the night? Insufficient or interrupted sleep puts all the systems into a stress mode. If sleep deprivation gets chronic, joints become inflamed which can make back pain worse.
Magnesium salts for chronic and acute back pain
If you are deficient in magnesium, soft tissues start to calcify, with calcium crystals depositing in joints and even muscles. Transdermal (through the skin) magnesium therapy will not only prevent it from happening but will help to soften those hardened, tense muscles and rigid joints.
As I have said, using magnesium salts for chronic and acute back pain is not new. Being a powerful natural relaxant, magnesium plays an important role in reducing inflammations, relaxing muscles and joints while at the same time healing tissues. Magnesium chloride and Epsom salts are the two the most widely available and easily absorbable forms of magnesium. The best way to use them for back pain is transdermal, by using the skin’s ability to absorb – tiny ions of magnesium in this case.
You must also have heard stories from your friends about how swimming in the Dead Sea has helped them with their aches and pains. Perhaps you have experienced its wonderful healing properties on yourself? Many people have reported fantastic results from swimming in the Sea on their holiday trip, with back pain vanishing in a matter of days. Guess what – much of it is due to the fact that Dead Sea water is loaded with magnesium. But even if you are at home, there are still ways to experience these benefits. Read more about using magnesium salts for chronic and acute back pain and other problems here.
How you can use magnesium salts for chronic & acute back pain
- Magnesium oil massage for chronic and acute back pain. Magnesium chloride solution is sometimes called an ‘oil’ due to its oily consistency. The soft, sliding action when it is rubbed on the skin makes magnesium oil suitable as a massage medium or a body rub. Apply once or twice daily by massaging the solution into the painful area and around it.
Body spray – spray on the body once or twice a day, especially before going to bed.
- Compress – warm up the solution (mix it with water 1:1), soak a cloth, apply on the area, cover with a plastic sheet and a warm blanket. Alternatively, secure it with a bandage. Keep it on for 1-2 hours or as required.
- Magnesium salt bath for chronic and acute back pain – add 300-500g of magnesium chloride flakes, Epsom or Dead Sea salt to a warm bath to relieve aching muscles and joints.
- Far-Infrared Magnesium wrap uses magnesium salts for chronic and acute back pain – in combination with far infrared heat. This procedure works faster than any other to help relieve aches and pains, even very stubborn ones. Use it once or twice a week, or as required.
These are the main external applications of magnesium salts for chronic and acute back pain. Using them regularly will ensure a continuous supply of magnesium to all the body tissues – nerves, muscles and joints. This, in turn, will help deal with existing problems and prevent back pain from occurring in the future.
If you are looking to use magnesium salt baths at home regularly, I suggest you buy Dead Sea magnesium chloride in bulk – sold in 25kg bags. It will last you a long time this way. Just remember to keep the salt in a cool dry place to prevent it from caking up or melting, since magnesium chloride flakes contain a lot of water as they are already!
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