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Benefits of Epsom Salts and Tiger Balm

Benefits of Epsom Salts and Tiger Balm

After a sports massage it is common to feel soreness in the areas that have been worked on. Despite the soreness for 1-3 days, this often results in improved mobility and reduced pain. You may also find it is easier to stretch and strengthen those muscles afterwards.

For those who exercise regularly, feel stressed frequently, or require more regular sports massages, there are some anecdotal treatments that may benefit you and possibly help you combat some of that soreness.

Epsom salt (magnesium sulphate) baths have long been accepted as a way to help muscles relax, and to relieve soreness after exercise or sports massage. Whether it works by being absorbed into your body through your skin, or other therapeutic effects of taking a warm bath, many people swear by it. Below are some reported benefits of Epsom Salt baths:

  • Promotes relaxation and stress relief
  • Assists relief of pain and muscle cramps
  • Aids proper muscle and nerve function

The other method of using magnesium to help your recovery is orally, with over-the-counter tablets or capsules. As opposed to anecdotal accounts, there are studies that suggest the ingestion of magnesium having greater health benefits as mentioned above.

However, before taking any oral supplements make sure you do your research on correct dosages and uses, and to always consult your doctor or GP first if you have any concerns.

Tiger Balm (camphor and menthol topical) has been used in Eastern medicine since the 1870’s in the treatment of relieving a variety of aches and pains. It is said to have analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects, the processes of which are yet to be fully understood. Variations of the product suit different ailments, which can be found below.

  • Red Tiger Balm:    Typically helps relieve inflammation and muscular pains, and insect bite itch relief.
  • White Tiger Balm:  Typically used in treating headaches, coughs, colds, and insect bite itch relief.
  • Soft Tiger Balm:    Typically used by those with more sensitive skin.

It is not safe to use any of these on mucous membranes, eyes, or irritated skin and open wounds. As with any treatment it is recommended that you consult your doctor or GP before use if you have any concerns regarding any side-effects, such as skin irritation.