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There's No Proof Epsom Salt Baths Actually Do Anything

VICE—May 24, 2017

VICE featured an article on Epsom salt baths, and if they are effective in relieving sore muscles. HSS physical therapist John Cavanaugh, PT, MEd, ATC, SCS, said in more than 30 years of treating sports injuries, he has "never once administered or recommended an Epsom salt soak." Cavanaugh also said he has not found a single study showing any benefit.

He added that the temperature of bath water might have negative effects for an injury. "Apply heat too soon after an injury like a sprained ankle or a torn muscle and you might exacerbate the damage by widening blood vessels and boosting the flow of pro-inflammatory compounds."

Read the full article at tonic.vice.com



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