Magnesium And Muscle Health

Male Therapist Doing Massage

Magnesium is an important mineral that massage therapists often advise clients to consume, usually as a supplement, to assist with muscle tension. Magnesium is important because it assists in regulating muscle contractions by helping muscles return to a relaxed state after a contraction has occurred.

Without it, muscles can not function properly. However, many other bodily functions use magnesium. These include nervous system functions, sleep regulation, heart health, bone health and of course, muscle health.

In addition to massage therapy, which is used to manually manipulate soft tissues to relieve muscle tension, consuming magnesium rich foods will improve muscle health. It will also help mental well being and relaxation.

When your muscles are happy, you will be happy too! You will feel more energized, sleep will be more restful, while work, exercise and playing with the kids will be less exhausting. All because magnesium will work to increase energy, brain function and muscle relaxation and function!

Foods with high amounts of magnesium are bananas, avocado, whole grains, green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale, as well as nuts and seeds. Including these foods into your diet can be as simple as swapping crackers for some mixed nuts when snacking, making a smoothie and adding some spinach or opting for avocado on toast or sandwiches instead of butter or margarine. Super easy!

Muscle cramping, twitches and chronic muscle tension can all potentially be caused by a mild magnesium deficiency. These issues can also be improved by magnesium supplementation in combination with massage therapy to alleviate symptoms and improve muscular health and function.

So next time your muscles are feeling stiff and sore, don’t just get a massage, eat some more magnesium!


It is best to speak to your local pharmacist or naturopath/dietician to get the correct dosage advice before purchasing an over the counter magnesium supplement. As you may need more or less than what is prescribed on the label and there may be interactions with particular medications that in some cases will need to be avoided.