One of the most highly praised qualities of magnesium is its ability to relax muscles and ease muscular aches, pains and cramps. If you’re deficient in magnesium, muscle cramps can become a prominent issue. Magnesium helps muscles relax and contract by aiding with the regulation of neuromuscular signals, muscle contractions and the active transport of calcium and potassium across cellular membranes. Thus it follows that magnesium supplementation, particularly transdermal magnesium application such as an oil or spray, can be extremely beneficial in relieving the pain caused by muscular cramps.
Types of muscular cramps that may benefit from magnesium supplementation:
Chronic muscular cramps, including those affecting the back and legs can be particularly helped by magnesium supplementation, especially in athletes. Due to the amount of intense exercise that athletes put themselves through, their muscles can often become sore and overworked, which may in turn affect their athletic performance. Intense exercise increases the demand for magnesium and the potential loss of magnesium which can lead to magnesium deficiency. In athletes, magnesium deficiency is associated with muscle weakness and dysfunction as well as limitations in strength and power, affecting overall muscle performance. Due to its muscle-relaxing qualities, many athletes are using magnesium for muscle pains and to help relieve cramps affecting overworked muscles.
Cramps and pains caused by premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
Taking magnesium for muscle cramps such as those caused by premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can help relieve the pain and discomfort felt by many women on a monthly basis. During the second half of a women’s menstrual cycle, when her oestrogen and progesterone levels are elevated, her levels of magnesium decrease which could possibly link to many of the symptoms associated with PMS such as irritability, headaches, cramps and bloating. Many women find that the muscle relaxing qualities of magnesium can help soothe menstrual cramps and ease PMS symptoms. This may be why many women crave chocolate before and during their period as chocolate – dark chocolate in particular – is magnesium rich and thus helps satisfy the body’s deficiency.
Other health issues caused by muscular cramps
In addition to overworked muscles and menstrual cramps, magnesium can be beneficial for numerous other health issues. For example, magnesium can aid discomfort caused by constipation by relaxing the intestinal muscles and allow bowel movements to be passed more easily. For people that suffer from tension headaches or migraines, magnesium supplementation may also help reduce the frequency and the severity of future migraines. Chronic asthma sufferers may also find relief from wheezing and breathlessness with magnesium supplementation as the magnesium helps relax the bronchial muscles to help regulate the person's breathing.
Salt Lab’s Transdermal Magnesium Therapy
If you’re suffering with muscle cramps and muscular aches and pains, Salt Lab’s transdermal magnesium therapy may be able to help. With so many different options available including transdermal magnesium oil, transdermal magnesium spray or Salt Lab's unique Magnesium Bath Salts and 'deconstructed bath bombs' there's something for everyone.