Seven Pain Relief Solutions

This month, SLOAN! Magazine focused on pain relief as we are aware that the issue is an important one be it pain from sports related injuries or the result of medical conditions. We are very grateful to the companies that approached us with their best products and after careful trials of all the products we received here are the seven which really stood out from the crowd in terms of providing pain relief in specific situations.

1. HoMedics iheal

The SLOAN! team chose this product as the best pain relief product of all the ones we tested. A mini and different version of the TENS machine this HoMedics product is one to consider. The HoMedics iHeal Micro-Therapy Unit states it is a healing and pain relief device which speeds up recovery for quicker pain relief from soft tissue injurie swith uses for a variety of soft tissue disorders such as carpal tunnel, tendonitis, muscle strain and inflammation caused by arthritic joints. Our reviewer used it on an arthritic neck and corresponding muscle strain. spasm and the painless, pulsed magnetic energy waves which states it reduces cellular regeneration time up to 30% faster and in the case of our reviewer definitely reduced pain.

2. Physicool

Physicool is a stretchy and conveniently reusable bandage that gives you the combined effect of cooling and compression at the same time. Any top athlete knows RICE is more than a food product. RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation and Physicool helps by drawing heat out as opposed to driving cold in. The cooling process is slower but this method means you do not have to have a portable freezer handy! Results are longer lasting once the bandage has been removed with no frostbite burns from your once trusty packet of peas. A definite must for everyone be you an athlete or a mum on the go.

3. Arnicare Cooling Gel

Nelsons Arnicare Arnica Cooling Gel states it is a gentle yet effective product containing natural arnica. Specially formulated, it combines the benefits of arnica with the refreshing sensation of natural grapefruit oil and menthol to cool and soothe the skin. We found it was great at easing aching muscles after being on one’s feet all day and also good for use after sporting activities. One for your gym bag or in your bathroom cupboard for after a long day.

4. Pineapple Pain Relief

These tablets claim to reduce pain using a chemical substance found in pineapples. Having heard pineapple is good for a myriad of different things from reducing bruises when rubbed directly on them to reducing pain when ingested, we were keen to put this product to the test even though sceptical, We gave them a try and were pleasantly surprised by the results and it does not have the nasty constipating side effects of opioid pain relief derivatives. This great little anti-inflammatory could also have been useful in lubricating the reviewers thumb joint which had over the years suffered from wear and tear requiring glucosamine. A great find and worth a try.

5. Skin Shop Boswellia Commiphora

Boswellia and Commiphora more commonly known as Frankincense and Myrrh have been formulated into this cream. They have reported and evidenced association of relieving the inflammation associated with rheumatic and osteopathic forms of arthritis. Our reviewers used it daily (sometimes twice daily) over a period of 14 days and reported that the discomfort had more than halved and the swelling had also been greatly reduced. The effects are not immediate as it takes about an hour to work and seemed more effective on the bonier areas of the reviewer but once it kicked in, it was said to last for a good few hours giving pain relief for periods such as a long work meeting or an evening dinner.

6. Nurofen Heat Patch

These patches are great for when you are on the go and cannot sit at home nursing your injury. Although if used regularly at home they can mount up in cost, when out and about they are invaluable gems. The patch will warm up to a comfortable level which is imperative in summer as you can literally just stick the patch on and go without your colleagues or friends even knowing you have been suffering. This allows you to focus on the more positive and before you know it your body will have healed and you can go out and try the next hobby or activity without fear of that niggling pain that can come from over exertion.

7. Sudocrem

Traditionally used for nappy rash (which we are sure babies find painful although none were available for comment), Sudocrem is also used to soothe skin irritation caused by tattooing, exercise and other skin irritating activities. A simple and basic staple of any good medicine cabinet but one we find invaluable after our aesthetic procedures here at SLOAN!

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