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. The majority of athletes will experience some form of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) at some point during their careers or life time. DOMS describes the soreness and pain felt in the muscles after a particularly intense workout, or after a new exercise regime is introduced. In the majority of cases, DOMS is relatively mild and likely serves as a reminder of all of the hard work that has been achieved. However, in some situations DOMS can cause significant pain and discomfort and may even impact an athlete's ability to recover and perform to their optimal potential. DOMS and the associated muscle cramps and spasms can be experienced for a few hours up to a few days following a work out (think about the renowned 'two day burn'). So what can be done to help athletes recover faster?
Using Magnesium for muscles spasms is an effective, affordable and easy treatment option for athletes. Magnesium is an essential mineral that is involved in metabolism, transmembrane transport, muscle contraction and relaxation, hydration and even sleep, all of which can help athletes perform at their best through busy timetables of training and high levels of competition. Maintaining optimal levels of magnesium plays a significant role in cardiorespiratory function and muscular strength in athletes. In addition, regular intense exercise increases the demand for magnesium as well as the potential loss of magnesium which can contribute to magnesium deficiencies. Magnesium deficiency in athletes has been associated with limitations in both strength and power, as well as muscle weakness and muscle dysfunction which can affect overall athletic performance. Therefore, magnesium supplementation helps to increase athletic performance, particularly in those athletes that are already magnesium deficient.
Using a transdermal magnesium therapy, such as magnesium oil, for muscle spasms, is the best way to get the most out of your magnesium supplementation. Increasingly, it is being realised that transdermal supplements (topical supplements that are applied directly onto the skin, such as oils or sprays) may have additional benefits in comparison with oral supplementation.
Magnesium oil is rapidly absorbed directly through the skin and exceeds the rate observed with oral magnesium supplementation. Transdermal magnesium therapy works so fast (with some reports indicating that it can be absorbed in as little as 90 seconds!) that the only quicker method is intravenous injection (directly into the blood) – not regularly recommended or achievable without medical assistance. This means that the application of magnesium oil directly to the affected area provides a near instant hit of high quality magnesium chloride directly where, and when you need it most. For even more benefits, try applying a hot towel to the sore muscles after the application of magnesium oil or bathe in a hot bath containing Salt Lab’s magnesium rich Deconstructed Bath Bomb as heat helps to increase the rate of absorption.
An additional benefit of transdermal magnesium therapy is that many people find they tolerate it better than oral magnesium supplementation. Magnesium has some laxative properties, and although the majority of these issues can be dealt with by adjusting the dosage, some people find that they do not tolerate oral magnesium supplementation well and that loose stools can become an issue. Likewise, other gastrointestinal problems can also appear with larger doses of magnesium taken orally and certain digestive issues may prevent the absorption of magnesium ingested through diet or through oral magnesium supplements. On the other hand, transdermal magnesium therapy effectively bypasses the digestive system, meaning that these issues can be avoided.