Roll-on pain relief is quick, accurate, and cuts down on potential side effects.

We want fast relief from muscle or joint pain. Most of us turn to an oral pain reliever. We pop a pill and wait for the results. And wait. And wait.

Yes, we’ll eventually feel some relief. After the pills are digested by the stomach and then absorbed into the body by the intestines. The active ingredients will enter your bloodstream to finally make their way to the area of soreness and pain – along with the rest of your body, which has no need for it. Wouldn’t it make more sense to apply the pain reliever directly to where you want it to work?

Pills can take a toll

In his book The Arthritis Handbook: Improve Your Health and Manage the Pain of Osteoarthritis (A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness), Dr. Grant Cooper explains the potential dangers of using our bloodstream to deliver pain-relieving medications. The Princeton, NJ-based physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist writes that painkilling ingredients do more than just soothe soreness. They must eventually be broken down and metabolized by the body’s liver and kidneys, so they can be excreted.

Dr. Cooper calls this the “long journey,” which he points out can have negative systemic side effects. The pills you took to relieve joint or muscle pain could also end up harming your stomach, liver, or kidneys. Depending on the painkiller ingredients, other unassociated parts of the body could suffer harm, as well.

His suggestion is to pursue topical pain relievers – especially for pain caused by arthritis – because the ingredients have minimal systemic absorption. The digestive system is bypassed altogether.

Dallas-based Pharmacy Solutions adds another benefit to direct application in this LinkedIn SlideShare presentation. The active ingredients don’t have to travel through the digestive system and bloodstream, so they’re absorbed directly into the affected area. It’s quick pain relief.

On target

Medical science continues to look for ways to deliver treatment without an impact on the rest of the body. One area where they’ve seen remarkable success is with cancer treatment. Radiation treatment can control man cancers, but healthy surrounding tissue is also often damaged.

As a result, radiation, such as X-rays, is administered at lower doses to reduce the unwanted peripheral damage. Proton therapy allows doctors to deposit precise levels of energy exactly where needed. There’s far less damage to the cells nearby.

Administering a roll-on pain reliever follows a similar approach. As Harvard Medical School’s Daniel Pendick writes, “The medication works locally. Targeting pain more precisely using a medication applied to the skin can help skirt the side effects of oral drugs.” He adds that roll-on pain relievers can be applied multiple times each day.

This can be a much safer way to deal with muscle or joint pain, as opposed to taking a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as ibuprofen. The American Nutrition Association reports that more than 100,000 people are hospitalized each year because of gastrointestinal complications caused by ingesting NASIDs.

Excellent at pain relief

You’re probably just looking for a way to take care of muscle soreness after a hard workout, or some relief from a sore joint. Topical pain relievers in the form of roll-ons can deliver, and they are highly effective.

The American Journal of Managed Care recently reported on studies that show topical pain relievers are capable of even helping those who have chronic pain. About half of the participants in the study were able to stop taking opioids by switching to roll-on pain relievers that could be applied directly to the skin.

Rolling on a topical pain reliever rather than swallowing it is a safer approach to dealing with pain relief, especially if it’s an NSAID. This class of drug blocks the production of prostaglandins – these produce inflammation, which in turn causes pain. The result of taking NSAIDs is relief from pain. But you need prostaglandins for other important bodily processes. Overuse of NSAIDs increases the risk of heart attack.

Get rid of the pills and learn how CopperGel roll-on can offer quick, targeted pain relief with a combination of menthol, camphor, and copper.