It’s a good idea to check with your health practitioner before self-diagnosing the cause of your low back pain, but often using magnesium as a low back pain supplement is beneficial if you’ve over-done things and are after non-drug relief .
Magnesium has a calming effect on the nervous system, and can ease muscle tension and cramps. Generally, low back pain may respond to magnesium supplements, because of this.
Up to 75% of the population are magnesium-deficient.
Some people run a hot bath with Epsom salts (Magnesium sulphate) and soothe their tired, tight muscles that way. It’s thought that some of the magnesium gets into the body after a good soak in Epsom salts.
Oral supplements of magnesium can be very useful to use; look for salts of magnesium like magnesium diglycinate or magnesium chloride. Some companies produce a powder which can be made into a drink.
Green leafy vegetables, legumes, and nuts are rich sources of magnesium; pumpkin seeds are loaded with bio-available magnesium. Some of the green leafy vegetables are a bit too high in acids like oxalic acid or phytic acid, and these inhibit full absorption of magnesium. You may need to soak or sprout some seeds to get the full bio-availability. You can obtain magnesium from seafood like salmon.
Seafood brings us to fish-oil supplementation. Fish oil is anti-inflammatory and has a calming effect on the body. The omega-3 fats in fish oil are very beneficial for cardiovascular health and are anti-inflammatory in the body.
Your health practitioner can advise you as to whether a magnesium supplement is suitable for your type of low back pain.
Remember to rest and continue to drink lots of water and stay away from aggravating activities.