Strong therapeutic foot soaks are another option and are especially important for diabetics who suffer from diabetic neuropathy. Soak the whole body or just the feet in bath water for 20-30 minutes at a temperature of about 108° F. The most effective protocol for this therapy is to begin with a body or foot bath every day for the first seven days, (starting at lighter concentrations and building up) then continue with a maintenance program of 2-3 times a week for 6-8 weeks or longer. Sensitive care must be taken especially with children as to dose levels, water temperature and magnesium concentrations. Muscle spasms might occur on rare occasions if one forgets to get out of the tub, so it is necessary to supervise children and the length of time they remain soaking in magnesium chloride. All strong reactions such as redness in local areas or diarrhea or even muscle spasms are indications to reduce concentration.
Strong magnesium and bicarbonate baths may be recommended for a wide range of illnesses including arthritis, skin conditions, fibromyalgia, autism spectrum disorders and other learning disabilities, diabetes, Parkinson’s and cancer. As with any medical treatment, your bath treatments should be discussed with your primary healthcare provider before beginning treatment since a number of conditions, such as heart disease or pregnancy, can result in a serious adverse reaction if you overdo the heat or the dosages. It is always wise to start out gradually, starting with smaller quantities of minerals and lower water temperature, and it is always important to monitor your pH.