Magnesium & Muscle Spasms

Ten years and counting after my back surgery, I still find that the main thing that helps my back pain is our magnesium cream. Early on in my recovery, I realized that my discomfort after surgery had much more to do with back spasms than with other pain. Most of my reading about magnesium as a muscle relaxant leads me to articles that guardedly claim that magnesium might help with muscle spasms.

While calcium is known to be one of the main ions in muscle contraction, magnesium is known to facilitate muscle relaxation.

When muscle contraction occurs, calcium binds to specific areas of the muscle to enhance muscle contractility. Magnesium competes with magnesium for those same binding spots. In doing so, it allows the muscle to relax after a contraction occurs. Unless muscles are able to contract, they tighten too much, which is what muscle spasm is, in essence. If your body’s magnesium stores are too low, you may experience things like Charlie horse cramping in your legs or restless leg syndrome.

The worst night at home after my back surgery was the night I woke up with back pain AND was having intolerable pain in my calves from a Charlie horse. It was at that point that I needed to find a solution. Being stuck on prescription pain killers and prescription muscle relaxants long-term was not an option for me. And so I looked for alternatives. And hence my journey in understanding, using oral and topical formulations and helping to develop an affordable product. I find it effective. I cannot make a claim that it absolutely works for everyone. But understanding the molecular action of magnesium in the process of muscle contraction and relaxation and understanding the importance of magnesium in cellular respiration leads me to believe it is as important an essential mineral for our bodies as calcium or as important as electrolytes. Just not well understood. 

Though there are plenty of oral formulations available, not all are equally well absorbed, and some cause GI side effects. But since our cream is topically absorbed, it bypasses the first pass effect in the GI tract and can act locally, if applied directly to areas of discomfort, such as the neck or back, or systemically, if applied to the bottom of the feet.

I invite you to try our products and hope that you get some relief if used consistently.