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What is Epsom Salt?

Epsom salt, also known as magnesium sulfate, is a chemical compound made up of magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen. Although it is termed salt, it is a completely different compound from table salt.

It has a similar appearance to the salt we use for cooking; however, it can also be dissolved in baths. Commonly referred to as bath salts, people may use it to help with health problems such as muscle soreness, stress or swelling.

When dissolved in water, Epsom salt releases magnesium and sulfate ions which are absorbed through your skin. These can help with reducing inflammation which may be caused by swelling or the feeling of muscle soreness. As well it can help replenish the body’s magnesium levels.

Did you know that magnesium deficiency can be a contributing factor for health issues such as heart disease, arthritis, joint pain, or digestive issues?

Ideally after dissolving the Epsom salt in water, soaking for 15-20 minutes, at least 3 times per week, would be beneficial. This is a great way to extend and enhance the benefits of physiotherapy, massage therapy or chiropractic treatment.

To note, Epsom salt baths are not recommended for individuals with heart problems, diabetes, or high blood pressure.


The post is not supposed to replace any medical advice. If you are experiencing any pain, please consult a therapist as soon as possible. You may contact us or make an appointment at 905-771-8882 or, we are more than happy to help!

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