therapists will often recommend an Epsom salt bath after your massage.
Epsom salt is a magnesium compound which assists in drawing lactic
acid out of your system. A build up of lactic acid is often the cause
of muscle soreness. Therefore, by reducing the amount of lactic acid
in your muscles, you will reduce muscle stiffness.
hot water of a bath also helps to reduce stiffness by increasing blood
flow to the muscles and increasing the nutritional exchange between
the muscles and the bloodstream.
This type of bath is very stimulating, therefore people who have serious
circulatory problems (i.e. high blood pressure and severe varicose
veins) should not take it.
Add 2 cups of Epsom salts to a hot bath (38º to 44º C).
Soak for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. While in the bath, drink
several glasses of fresh water to replace lost fluids from your body.
When finished, get up carefully and cool your body down with either
a cool shower or a cold cloth. Then rest and relax!
Epsom salts can be purchased at all of our clinics, except First Canadian
Place, or at most drugstores.