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The Wonders of Epsom Salt

epsom-salt-bath-ingredientsIf you have pain from Endometriosis, Interstitial Cystitis, generalized pelvic pain, lower back pain, or other sore muscles that are not even related to gynecology, try taking a warm Epsom salt bath.  Epsom salt has been used for hundreds of years to soothe achy muscles, provide pain relief, and even decrease tension and anxiety.  If you can soak for 60 minutes that would be great, but even 30 minutes will be beneficial.

Epsom salt is not actually salt at all– it’s magnesium sulfate.  Magnesium, as you may know, is wonderful for your body and is easily absorbed through the skin.  The water in natural hot springs is high in magnesium, and people travel from all over to relax and soak up this natural healing medicine.  So unless you have a hot spring in your backyard, soaking in a tub with a cup of this mineral is a great, cheap alternative.  A good Epsom salt soak can reduce inflammation, help your body eliminate toxins, and relieve cramping.  You may even be able to swap your over-the-counter pain medication for a nice soak a few times a week.

We advise patients to take warm Epsom salt baths to help with pain.  It’s affordable, easily found, and simple to use.  Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil (like lavendar) if desired.  And besides being relaxing, how you respond to Epsom salt baths can also help us diagnose your condition; decreased pain after a bath may point to pelvic floor issues whereas pain that does not go away after a bath may indicate endometriosis.

If you have recently had surgery, we advise soaking in plain water until Dr. Davis gives you the OK. Epsom salt, although helpful for healing cuts and scrapes, needs to stay away from incision areas.

Posted in Anxiety, Diseases and Conditions, Endometriosis, Interstitial Cystitis, Pain/Chronic Pain, Pelvic Floor Muscles, Treatments

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