Do you have sore, aching muscles? Whether it’s from working out or you’ve injured yourself, finding relief is always on the cards. But, before you choose to take some painkillers, there could be another option worth pursuing.
There are a number of different pain relief products on the market these days. This only complicates things when you’re looking for something to soothe sore muscles. So, what product do you go for? That depends on your individual circumstances and the pain you’re experiencing. Of course, you will also need to take into account why you’re experiencing muscle pain in the first place. One product on the market you may want to get to know better is a spray liniment.
What is a spray liniment?
A liniment is a treatment or remedy made up of herbs to help alleviate pain in your muscles. It is usually made in order to be absorbed by the skin quicker using a substance like witch hazel or rubbing alcohol. Some liniments are also made of oils to provide a smoother feel.
Once you have a liniment with the right ingredients to help ease muscle aches and pains, it can be used as a spray. A spray liniment often gives you a convenient option of applying the liniment, without too much mess.
Why choose a liniment for aching muscles?
If you are trying to decide what type of pain relief is best for you, be sure to understand what kind of pain you are experiencing first. A liniment spray is best for acute musculoskeletal pain. So, if you have a sore neck after a bad night’s sleep or you’ve twisted your ankle playing tennis, you might benefit from a pain relief spray or gel.
Topical pain relief in the form of gels or sprays are best for:
- Pulled muscles
- Sore and aching muscles
- Minor sprains or strains
Gel, creams, patches or sprays? Which is best?
The answer to this is: It depends. It really comes down to the type of pain you are experiencing and what is convenient for you.
If you are experiencing pain where you don’t need much mobility, a patch may be the best solution. But, if you need full mobility, but still want something to help reduce the aches or pains. A gel or spray might be best. As mentioned, a spray may also be a little more convenient if you’re on the go. You simply need to spray it on and ensure it penetrates the skin and you can continue with your day. It’s a little less messy than cream options.
When should you see a doctor?
When using any over-the-counter product for aching muscles, it’s always important to follow the directions on the packaging. Most products will tell you how long you should be using a product for and when to stop using it.
In general, if you don’t see any improvement in your pains or aches in due time, or you’re concerned about an injury, it’s always best to have a chat with your doctor. They’ll be able to assess the pain thoroughly and send you for further testing if they believe you need it. They may also be able to refer you to other specialists who can help you with your pains such as a physiotherapist.
No matter what option you choose for your ache and pain relief, always choose something that works for you. You may find a gel is more appropriate than a spray depending on your needs and your injury. Remember, if ever you’re in doubt, be sure to seek medical attention as soon as possible.