March 2016 – Exercise and Epsom Salts

Epsom SaltsAthletes are always searching for the most effective ways to recover after a long, intense exercise session. A very effective method has been around for hundreds of years. Epsom salts were first discovered in 1618, when they were extracted from seawater in the British town of Epsom. 

Research has shown that when added to a warm bath, they are particularly useful in alleviating a wide range of different muscle pains, even pain as intense as that found in fibromyalgia.  

An essential mineral required by the body is magnesium, it is also one of the only minerals that can be absorbed by the skin. Magnesium is a component of Epsom salts. Research has also found that once absorbed into the skin, it acts to relax skeletal muscles through the flushing of lactic acid (a chemical which builds up during rigorous exercise), hence helping with acute recovery from strenuous exercise.

We sell Epsom salts in our shop in Ealing, pop in and have a chat with one of our osteopaths who can talk you through the steps you should be taking pre and post exercise!