03 Oct

An Effective Role for Transdermal Magnesium (magnesium oil) in Relief and Treatment of Chronic Pain.

 The PRACTICAL how to’s of  Using Magnesium as a “Band Aid”,
for Relief and Releasing Chronic Pain and Chronic Aches.

Firstly it helps to think of magnesium as Pain Food.
Chronic Aches and Chronic Pain consume magnesium as fooduse it up. A dose may be consumed in one hour or two hours or if you are a low consumer it may last for four hours. When muscles are tight for whatever reason they constrict blood supply and they squeeze nerves causing, twitching, cramping, aches or pain depending on how they do it and where they are in the body.  The presence of adequate magnesium can create relaxation and thus release cramps, twitching, aches or pain.
There is a lot to be said for keeping up magnesium levels as prevention
of pain or aches.  (Ultimately the real answer is doing appropriate therapy to assist your body to repair your chronic injury – that’s why people consult me.)

There are  surface muscles and those deep within the body. Surface muscles generally respond quickly and with between 80% and 100% success rate using Transdermal Magnesium (commonly called magnesium oil). It is massaged on the calves  PLUS  over where it aches or there is chronic pain/stiffnes/spasms.


Apply the concentrate to your skin and massage in.
Wait a few minutes for the concentrated magnesium to be drawn into the body. Your skin will appear dry – sometimes oilyish.
Next wet your hands with the purest water you have and massage the water over where you massaged the magnesium oil.  The water will dissolve the magnesium on the surface of your skin so that your skin can draw in more magnesium. Wait for your skin to dry off a second time.
Wet your hands again and massage the remaining magnesium over your skin to be absorbed. This procedure through practical experience has been shown to absorb most of the magnesium. This procedure takes about 10-15 minutes depending upon the dryness or oiliness of your skin.
Applying transdermal magnesium effectively is the secret to using it for effective relief of chronic ache or chronic pain.

In addition to the above, transdermal magnesium has been used for successful treatment of cramps and spasms be they acute or repetitive, women with “restless legs syndrome” at night, aches, and restless legs post operatively from knee replacement operations. Apply transdermal magnesium around the area and on the lower leg as described above and most times it will relieve them – until the muscles have used it up and then reapply.

In my clinical experience often a client has expressed that “magnesium made them itch and that was the reason they discontinued using it”
I have come to interpret this as “ that they applied the concentrate ineffectively and it did not work for them”. Effective application is the secret. When it is applied as per the above procedure it is highly effective AND DOES NOT ITCH.


This can be a challenge as the magnesium has to be taken internally. There are numerous types of magnesium powder and capsule formulas in the marketplace and the goal is to find the successful combination of form of magnesium and dosage that suits you. Too big a dosage or a form your body does not like and may go right through you – diarrhea within twenty minutes to four hours. This can be ameliorated sometimes by adding two teaspoons of psyllium husk in one cup of water at the time of ingesting. However do remember that the body’s way of getting rid of what it does not like is diarrhea – take it seriously.

I muscle test myself for the correct combination – if you do not muscle test, it is trial and error until by experience you get that deep inner relief where the chronic ache or pain releases. I write here from my own experience and from what clients have shared with me. It seems to be about 80% to 100% effective for those who persist long enough to discover the correct combination for themselves.
N.B. From my research: It is important to recognize that often digestion is compromised and magnesium taken internally may be excreted rather than reach the muscles where it is needed.  This is where I feel transdermal magnesium application and mag phos can be very useful to act as a support.
Mag Phos – biochemic cell salt from my experience has the ability to release certain deep muscles in a particular way and also relieve/prevent certain spasms.

My successful procedure has been to take three to six tablets before going to bed and upon waking in the morning place a couple of crystals of table salt and three to six mag phos under my tongue. I find the table salt enhances the effectiveness of the mag phos when used this way in the morning.
I also find that mag phos often works well in combination with magnesium powder enhancing its effectiveness.

About 90% of the clients I have worked with over the years did not take pharmaceutical “pain killers” or if they did rarely. They mostly “put up with” the pain or aches until they discovered magnesium. Observation and questioning indicates that transdermal magnesium assisted resolution when used as an adjunct to quality therapy.

If you are taking “Pain Killers” as prescribed by a doctor – this article is not to replace the pain killers but to alert you to the possibility that magnesium in some form may reduce your aches / pain considerably – please discuss this with your doctor. If they do not know anything about using magnesium in this way, I suggest getting a “second opinion” and do your own research so that you are well informed before consulting the second opinion and arrive with a list of questions to ask. One excellent place to gain information is asking pharmacists – they not only know “lots of stuff” but they also know about adverse drug interactions and thus can sometimes advise you whether the drug you are taking is likely to adversely interact with the form of magnesium that you may consider taking.

Ultimately as a clinical therapist I suggest that knowing your own body and trialing magnesium is the only way you will discover how well it works for you (or not).
With my Remedial Massage Therapist & BodyWhisperer hat on I suggest that finding therapists that understand that “thoughts and emotions activate nerves, nerves activate muscles and muscles activate bones” and thus treat you holistically are most likely to assist you to heal your chronic ache or chronic pain along with magnesium.

Satya has a physical practice in Trinity Beach, Cairns, Atherton and in Brisbane, Australia assisting clients to resolve old injuries, chronic injuries, ache, stiffness, spasms or pain.
He also does distance consultations (Telehealth) by phone, whatsapp and skype. For more information and to book your appointments phone 0425411545.