Muscle aches and soreness can be related to stress on muscle or joints or they can be caused by certain medical conditions. Autoimmune conditions such as fibromyalgia and lupus can cause muscle cramping and soreness. A hot bath or hot tub may help relieve symptoms. Rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson's disease and certain electrolyte imbalances can also lead to muscle soreness. Along with medicinal treatment, a hot bath of around 104 degrees Fahrenheit may curb painful muscle cramps. Injuries to joints can also cause muscle aches and soreness. Your doctor may recommend physical therapy that includes swimming as well as hot tub and sauna use.
Dead Sea salts
The Dead Sea waters consist of 21 different minerals including magnesium, potassium, sodium, sulfur, zinc, calcium, chloride, iodide, and bromide, all of which work synergistically to nourish our bodies. Soaking a in warm bath with the high concentration of health promoting minerals found in the Dead Sea increases your circulation and supports detoxification in your body by removing toxic byproducts.
Almost 6 out of 10 Americans report having insomnia at least a few nights a week. From a nutritional perspective, magnesium deficiency can play a role in poor sleep. Taking a bath with magnesium-rich Dead Sea salts allows you to absorb magnesium effectively through your skin and helps support a good night’s sleep.
Controlled studies conducted over the last 10 years have demonstrated that treatments with Dead Sea salts dissolved in regular bath water have a positive effect on osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis. In a German study of patients with osteoarthritis, soft tissue swelling, pain, and range of motion improved significantly after two weeks of soaking in a Dead Sea salt bath for 20 minutes a day.
Multiple studies have shown that people who suffer from psoriasis improve with regular Dead Sea salt baths. One study looked at 50 patients who were treated for 3-4 weeks, taking 3-4 baths each week. In as little as one week, many patients treated with a 10% salt concentration in their baths experienced marked improvement, including relief from itching and skin scaling.
A 2005 study out of Germany found that patients with eczema/atopic dermatitis benefitted greatly from bathing in a Dead Sea salt solution. Patients with active eczema soaked one arm in a Dead Sea salt solution and their other arm in tap water for 15 minutes a day for 6 weeks. Soaking in the Dead Sea salt solution significantly improved skin barrier function, hydration, and inflammation compared with the tap water-treated side.
The Epsom Salt Council notes that the sulfates in Epsom salt help flush out toxins and draw impurities away from the skin. According to The Epsom Salt Council, you should soak in a warm bath with 2 cups Epsom salt for at least 12 minutes at a time for the greatest therapeutic benefits.
Epsom salt baths help relieve muscle cramps, pain and inflammation due to the magnesium, reports the Epsom Salt Council. People with arthritis and sports injuries may find Epsom salt baths useful for reducing pain and swelling.
Soaking in an Epsom salt bath it may spur vasodilatation, which increases white blood cell production, helping your body fight illness. This is especially useful for people who have colds or the flu, since Epsom salt also helps with aches and pains.
Himalyan Pink salt
Those who suffer with painful arthritis, sore or pulled muscles, stiff joints or a variety of other aches and pains will benefit enormously from a Himalayan pink salt water bath. In 2012, scientists found that regularly bathing in this saline solution can help reduce the inflammation, and therefore the pain, associated with arthritis and similar conditions.
A 2012 study, carried out at the University of California, indicates that the average person is regularly being exposed to cancerous levels of toxins like arsenic, dioxins, and DDE – with 100% of children tested exceeding cancer benchmark levels for these chemicals.
When we bathe in a Himalayan pink salt solution, we help to pull some of these toxins out of our skin through a process called reverse osmosis.
With antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, it’s not surprising that a Himalayan salt bath will soothe painful or itchy insect bites and blisters. Research has also documented relief from poison ivy and poison oak.