Mineral Deficiencies Can Cause Knee Pain
Many people are deficient in magnesium. Most estimates are that 70 to 80% of Americans are deficient. Magnesium is used for so many things in your body:
Muscle relaxation cannot occur without magnesium. Your body uses calcium to contract the muscles and magnesium to relax them. If you are mineral deficient, your muscles will be tighter than they should be. Tight muscles can make you put more pressure on joints than they were designed to handle.
Mineral deficiencies can also cause your body to be more acidic. When you do not have enough minerals to buffer the acid in your diet, you are more prone to chronic inflammation.
Migraines also can be caused by magnesium deficiency. If the muscles in your neck are too tight, you cannot relax. These tight neck muscles start to pull on the base of the skull, where they are attached.
I have found that about 80% of my migraine patients have tight neck muscles. I do acupuncture on the area where the muscle attaches and treat the neck and shoulders. Migraines are very easy to treat with acupuncture, unless there is something going on such as excess alcohol consumption.
Notice the blue circles on the base of the skull. This is where the muscles attach and the likely area that needs treatment. The muscles get tight and put pressure on the nerves and blood vessels. There is not enough blood flow to the head, so it hurts. Pain is always about a lack of circulation in Chinese medicine theory.
If you are taking calcium by itself, you could suffer health problems. Your body cannot absorb calcium without magnesium. The calcium can just float around in your body and attach to things it should not.
I found a great article on magnesium glycinate and all the benefits of taking magnesium: http://www.purelabvitamins.com/role-of-magnesium.php
Although this site is about knee pain, I wanted people to know how acupuncture and magnesium can relieve migraines.