Topical Analgesics, including those containing Menthol, Capsaicin, Camphor and other healthy natural ingredients have been used by health and fitness professionals for years as a tool for helping patients get quick, lasting relief from musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain. Some of these indications include:
- Sprains and strains
- DOMS (Delayed onset muscle soreness) from strenuous work or workouts
- Nerve pain
- Aches and pains associated with chronic conditions
Do you currently use Topical Analgesics with your patients? If so, here are a few benefits you might want to keep in mind…
If not, you’ll find a few suggestions for why you should, and how you can choose the product that’s right for you.
Why Do Professionals Rely on Topical Analgesics?
Motion is lotion
We all know now that for many soft tissue imbalances and chronic conditions leading to knee, shoulder, hip, neck and low back pain, many times the best course of action you can provide and recommend is gentle, consistent movement. But sometimes pain or discomfort gets in the way. So often, by using a gentle Topical Analgesic, you can help turn down the pain volume to a level where the patient gets enough relief to get them moving. Try adding a Topical Analgesic to your treatment protocol or before you start with rehab exercises, to help get your patients over the hump…and allow the human body’s own natural mechanisms to kick in and get you results.
Get the competitive juices flowing
Whether it’s a local 5k, the club championship, or any serious competition your patient has been working towards, the aches and pains associated with heavy training are sometimes enough to deter the toughest of competitors. And while you can’t be at every event to get your dedicated athletes warmed up and ready to compete, try providing a Topical Analgesic they can use on game day to help get their engines started.
Better option than prescription pain relievers
In many cases, the lasting pain relief from Topical Analgeics (which can range from 1-5 hours) is a suitable option with less risk and harmful side effects than oral analgesics. Whether it’s long term kidney or liver effects associated with NSAIDS or the addiction potential of opioids, Topical Analgesic are often a safer and just as effective for many mechanical and neuropathic pain syndromes.
How Do You Choose What To Use
There are many brands out there that you may have come across throughout the years and it’s important to select a product that fits your treatment protocols and your clinic. Here are a few things to consider when choosing a Topical:
Whether it’s Menthol, Capsaicin, Camphor, Aloe, Arnica, Witch Hazel, or a number of other beneficial natural ingredients, choose the ingredients that are right for you and what you’re trying to accomplish.
Sombra Cool Therapy – 6% Menthol
BioFreeze Professional Gel – 5% Menthol
BioFreeze Professional 360 Spray – 0.5% Menthol
China Gel – 5% Menthol
Rock Sauce Chill – 6% Menthol
Rock Sauce – 0.002% Capsaicin 10% Menthol
Sombra Warm – 3% Camphor 3% Menthol
China Gel – 3% Camphor 5% Menthol
Are you looking for a product that has a lasting aroma that your patients will enjoy and will remind them of you and your clinic?…or something with no scent?
Do you only use a Topical Analgesic for pain relief? Will a spray do? Do you use it as a lotion or cream with pain relieving benefits with your soft tissue work or IASTM?
For more info or specific questions on Topical Analgesics and current specials or promotions, please contact your MeyerPT Account Manager.