As the side effect lists for over-the-counter and prescription painkillers continually get longer, people have begun to search for alternatives. One of the most efficient and effective methods to relieve pain is the skin, the largest organ of our body!
Topical pain relieving creams, lotions, ointments, and gels are quickly becoming a staple in everyone’s medicine cabinet and there’s good reason for it. Some of the many benefits of switching to a topical pain reliever include:
Oral medications must enter the bloodstream, be processed by your organs, and absorbed through the many layers within your body. Topical, however, gives you the ability to apply the cream right where the pain is. Your skin is porous and designed to absorb what you put on it. Therefore, topical pain relievers provide truly targeted pain relief exactly and directly where it hurts!
The topical option for pain relief is much faster since it does not need to be digested before reaching the area of pain. If you are in pain, you don’t want to wait for digestion! Fortunately with lotions, relief begins immediately.
Due to the complications oral pain relievers might contribute to, there is a limit on how many you can take in one day. The topical route, however, is safe to reapply as needed.
Less Risky than Pills
Most importantly, long-term use of topical pain relievers does not come with the same dangers as the pill-form pain relievers that are available today. When you choose the topical solution, you are avoiding: fatigue, stomachaches, ulcers, depression, nausea, heartburn, weakened immunity, and much, much more.
Topical pain relievers, in general, are impressive and productive pain relief alternatives. With the best quality active ingredients, you can quite literally rub your pain away!
Active Ingredients to Relieve Pain
At Real Time Pain Relief, we use three different active ingredients depending on the product. Whether you prefer a topical pain reliever to leave a heated sensation on the skin, or you have sensitive skin and prefer a more gentle topical pain relief lotion, Real Time Pain Relief has designed a product for everyone in the family.
Menthol is an FDA approved topical analgesic and provides a cooling sensation for fast, on-contact pain relief. This cooling sensation is a way to trick our brains into thinking that we are icing the area. In the same way that ice helps with inflammation, menthol also stimulates the thermo receptors of the skin creating a faux temperature change. Also, its numbing effect is produced when ligands receptors attach themselves to your pain receptors. Lastly, menthol facilitates the beginning of the vasodilation process, or the widening of blood vessels to increase blood flow. This is critical for pain relief because the blood is the carrier for all of the necessary nutrients for cellular repair from injury or inflammation. Long story short, topical menthol is a multifaceted tool against pain relief!
This is also an FDA approved topical analgesic, and is commonly used in topical pain relieving agents. Analgesics work to temporarily subside sensation while acting on the nervous system. Since the sensation of pain is always an extension of our nerves, trolamine salicylate’s relationship with our nervous system has a productive quality for combating pain without causing a hot or cold sensation on the skin.
Also known as the mountain daisy, Arnica Montana, is an active ingredient approved by the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States. It is known to temporarily relieve symptoms of muscle pain, soreness, bruising and swelling due to overexertion or injury. Topical Arnica is a great way to relieve pain and it does not cause a hot or cold sensation on the skin.