Pain-Relieving Muscle Rubs and How Best to Use Them
Read on as we identify some popular analgesics being used for this purpose and we’ll tell you whether or not you need to spend your money on them.
1. Topical Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS)
Usually, drugs in this class contain the same active ingredients that you usually take orally for the relief of pain, for example Advil, Ibuprofen. Instead, they have been formulated as gels and ointments for pain relief.
Studies have shown that Oral NSAIDS are absorbed into the body faster and have higher systemic effects than the topical, although they not have pain relieving effects. It is advised that adults who cannot take the oral form of these medicines should get the topical ones, but with a prescription of course.
2. While Salicylate or Methyl Salicylate
Salicylates are the major ingredient for Aspirin, a popular analgesic, and it is believed that it has pain relieving effects.
However, recent research has shown that there is no significant analgesic effect associated with the use of salicylates as a muscle pain reliever. One of such studies is the carried out in 2011 by the Cochrane Collaboration.
This is categorized as a “counterirritant” and is a compound found in chili peppers. It is recommended for use in managing nerve pain rather than sore muscles. It should not be used by people with sensitive skin because it can cause severe reactions.
This is one of the ingredients used in massage parlors to treat sore muscles. However, there is no scientific evidence of its effectiveness in relieving muscle pain. However, it has some effect on pain due to arthritis.
Next time, you have a sore muscle do yourself a favor and request for the right medicine. Alternatively, you could just rest!