Your Pill-Free Ways to Target Pain

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Health and Beauty Magazine

Your Pill-Free Ways to Target Pain

Health & Beauty Magazine

Lucie Tobin

Lucie Tobin

Health & Beauty Magazine Online Editor

Published 10th September 2008

Next time you're feeling under the weather, instead of reaching for the pills, why not try another way to treat your pain?

Tiger Balm Red Ointment
This pain-relieving balm is an ancient topical preparation containing herbs and therapeutic ingredients from the east, which gives temporary relief from muscular aches and pains, headaches and migraines. Rub it gently into skin wherever you feel pain. For a natural pain-relieving rub. Always read the label.

Nurofen Gel for Muscular Pain
A whole different way of taking ibuprofen, Nurofen's gel enables you to apply pain-relieving ibuprofen exactly where it hurts. It also reduces swelling and inflammation. Helpful if non-steroidal anti-inflammatory tablets tend to upset your stomach. For odourless and tummy-friendly pain relief. Always read the label.

Deep Heat Spray
The spray heats up on contact with your skin to provide immediate pain relief by increasing circulation and stimulating heat-sensing nerves. The effect is deeply soothing, warm and relaxing. It's great for all kinds of muscular and rheumatic pain, as well as lumbago and sciatica. For spray-on heat relief. Always read the label.

Olbas Oil
Well-known for its decongestant properties, Olbas Oil helps to ease congestion by clearing your nasal passages. Just put a few drops on a tissue or on your pillow at night. You can also use it to ease muscle aches and pains by applying it directly to the skin. Always read the label.

Deep Heat Patch
This single-use patch starts to heat up when you open the sealed packet and lasts for up to eight hours. Simply stick it on the affected area and let the heat soothe away your pain as you get on with your day. Perfect if you can't carry a hot water around with you. For covert pain relief.

Deep Freeze Pain Relief Spray
This non-medicated spray works in the same way as an icepack, but with menthol, to 'freeze' the area of pain. It gives quick relief from minor aches, pains and strains. The small can is perfect for keeping in your gym bag or first aid kit for those times when you need to target pain fast. For quick and temporary pain relief. Always read the label.

Boots TENS Pain Relief Unit
This machine, designed to make life easier for sufferers of arthritis, sports injuries, backache and other chronic pain, is a highly effective way to manage pain. To use it you stick two electrodes to your skin near the point of pain. Switch it on and it sends signals to your brain that 'drown out' the pain signals. For chronic pain sufferers.

Thermoskin® Wrist Hand Brace
This wrist brace works in two ways to relieve the pain of strains, sprains, RSI and carpal tunnel syndrome. It's clinically proven to warm the wrist by around 3°F to provide heat therapy, and it protects the wrist from the kind of movements that can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. It also increases circulation to the wrist. For wrist pain.

Pain Gone Pen
Shaped like a large ballpoint pen, this innovative pain-relieving device contains crystals that emit a low-frequency electrical charge. Place it over the point of pain (or, with headaches, the opposite side of the head) and click the button. You'll feel a pricking sensation, followed by pain relief. For portable pain relief.
Orthaheel Regular
Here's an innovative new way to treat aches and pains brought on by rolling of the feet (pronation), which is thought to be caused by walking on hard, flat surfaces. It's a shoe insert that sets your feet to their natural position, realigning the lower limbs. For correcting aches and pains caused by bad posture.

Written by Cat Leonard

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