How Topical Products Can Impact Your Joint Health

Male massaging aching knee while sitting on bench in doctor's office

Joints connect bones, and they help you wiggle hips, bend knees, elbows, and back. Cartilage, a smooth tissue, cushions the joints to avoid bones from rubbing against each other. When the cartilage suffers tear and wear due to old age, too much weight, or injury, it can harm the joints causing arthritis. Gout, sprains, bursitis, osteoarthritis are among other conditions that can make joints pain. Read on to find out how topical products can help you overcome acute and chronic pain in joints.

1)            Gels

One of the forms that topical products come is in gel form. Good muscle and joint gels will quickly transport their ingredients into the skin tissue to help maintain strength by getting deeper into muscles, bones, and skin. An example of such gel can be found on The gels help relieve your joints from pain more effectively. It is appropriate to have a product that can help alleviate pain within reach. Go for a product that even professionals approve of as being able to strengthen bones and promote collagen growth.

2)            Sprays

Several products that come in the form of sprays do offer relief from pain. These topical analgesics use different ingredients that you can use without needing a prescription. These sprays work by reducing muscle stiffness and stimulating blood flow.

You can use them before or after exercise on areas that are likely to suffer injuries. Upon application, the spray reduces inflammation and cause counter-irritation soothing the aching body tissues. They reduce pain from stiff muscles, fibrositis, and backache.

3)            Creams and Rubs

Most topical creams and rubs for muscles and joints contain methyl salicylate and menthol. These ingredients cause a cold or warm feeling to the skin area you apply, distracting the brain from concentrating on the pain. They offer relief to aching joints and muscles, helping you move with ease.

You may need the advice of your doctor if you are using blood thinners or allergic to salicylate before using these products. Go for the non-greasy products as the greasy ones can easily stain your clothes.

Before using these products, ensure that you read the instructions leaflet carefully. During application, avoid direct contact with eyes, genitals, damaged skin, or wounds. Wear gloves when applying or wash hands thoroughly after use.

4)            Cold or Hot Packs

If suffering from aching joints and muscles, a cold or hot pack or combining the two can offer you the much-needed relief. Cold works by numbing the paining area; it also reduces inflammation on it by constricting blood flow. You can apply the cold treatment on a painful area using a bottle filled with ice and water or a commercial cold pack.

Hot packs, on the other hand, work by relaxing the muscles. Heat can relieve pain as it dilates blood vessels, causing blood and oxygen to flow in the area. You can apply the treatment with a hot water bottle, hot bath or shower, a towel soaked in warm water, commercial heat packs, or heating pads.


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