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?
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.
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 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.
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.
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Find out what these medications are really doing to you
Unless you’re incredibly lucky, you – like pretty much everybody else – experience pain on a regular basis. It may not be severe, but things like headaches, backaches, or joint or muscle pain are extremely common. This is why the health aisle in the supermarket has rows and rows of pain medications, and chances are good that your medicine cabinet contains quite a few of those products.
A look at the science behind copper’s healing abilities
We’ve been using copper to treat pain and inflammation since prehistoric times. Our ancestors didn’t know how it worked – they just knew that it did. Science has yet to definitively explain why the topical application of copper acts as an anti-inflammatory, but we have a much deeper understanding.
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If you have decided to use a roll-on pain reliever, you’ve made a wise choice. Unlike pills that you take in hopes that they will address the part of the body that’s hurting, a roll-on lets you focus on the exact area that’s in pain. In addition to better results, this lessens the chance of unwanted side effects.