Magnesium for Bones and Muscles
Magnesium is a very important mineral for many functions within the body.
Magnesium allows for:
- Optimal muscle health
- Improved muscle strength,
- Muscle recovery post exercise,
- Improved energy production,
- Helping reduce symptoms of chronic pain,
- Act as a calcium support,
- Helps regulate nerve function to the brain and nervous system
- Assists in heart health, bone and teeth formation Assists in sleep related conditions
Many patients who attend our clinic St Kilda Osteopathy usually have underlying muscle spasm, tightness and associated muscle related pain. In turn they will also have magnesium deficiencies that can affect their muscles and hence their pain levels.
This can be evident in people who suffer with lower back pain and neck pain, disc bulges or ‘slipped discs’, sciatica, RSI or tendonitis, headaches, muscle tightness and cramping as well as shoulder pain and stress.
Decreased magnesium levels and very tight muscles can also lead to symptoms of muscle spasms and cramps, and restless legs. It can also be a contributing factor with headaches and migraines, and other conditions osteopaths see such as arthritis and fibromyalgia, period pain and osteoporosis. It can also have an association with depression, especially linked with conditions causing chronic pain.
Magnesium is found naturally in green leafy vegetables (from the green pigment chlorophyll which contains magnesium), as well as legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole unrefined grains.
When the recommended daily intake of magnesium cannot be reached by food or there is deficiency due to increased energy production or for other physiological reasons, we recommend magnesium supplements to maintain optimal muscle health and boost magnesium levels within the body.
Magnesium supplementation in conjunction with ‘hands on’ osteopathic treatment is highly beneficial for your overall musculoskeletal health and well-being.
If you are in Melbourne and looking for further information on how magnesium can help you and your pain or condition, make an appointment with one of our Melbourne Osteopaths.