An old timer
Aching muscles – Voltarol
Bought out of sheer frustration, I have been completely surprised by this little guy. It’s active ingredient is diclofenac and it works as a topical anti inflammatory.
What Voltarol Say
“Voltarol 12 Hour Joint Pain Relief Gel can be applied twice daily (morning and evening) to last all-day. The gel creates a reservoir of diclofenac when applied regularly*, which gives the skin a source of the active ingredient throughout the day for lasting relief of pain and inflammation.
Unlike tablets that go through the stomach, Voltarol 12 Hour Joint Pain Relief Gel concentrates relief deep in the joint to fight pain and inflammation all day long.”
Voltarol can be used for both joint and muscle pain as the instructions state. I am recommending two different pain relief gels today, however I do not use them both together at the same area and am not sure if you can, again please ask your medical professional. It does contain anti inflammatories so please consult your Doctor before using this.
Joints – Flexiseq
With an early onset of Osteoarthritis and an inability to take ibuprofen, I will confess that I took to google in search of anything to help ease the awful pain that arthritis brings (Mum, Dad, how have you done it all these years???!). Flexiseq was the answer to my search and after a slight squeal and sharp intake of breathe at the price, I purchased and was on my way to see if it would withstand its claims. You know what? It does. Does it actually treat the arthritis? No.
What is it?
It’s a pain relief, lubricant. And yes, it definitely helps. The more you use it the more you notice a lessening in symptoms. If you stop however, your pain will return, it’s not a cure, it’s a pain relief gel.
What Flexiseq say
What Tiger Balm Say
“Tiger Balm, inspired by centuries of Chinese wisdom, offers a unique formulation specially made with herbal active ingredients which are proven to be effective.
Tiger Balm’s herbal and aromatic formulas help soothe sore and aching muscles, as well as Tiger Balm White offering relief to tension headaches.
Suitable for young (2 years +) and old, this ointment that we’re all familiar with is available in 2 formulations in the UK & ROI; Tiger Balm Red for the temporary relief of muscular aches and pains and Tiger Balm White for the treatment of tension headaches, as well as the temporary relief of muscular aches and pains.”
A hard balm that melts with your body’s natural warmth as you rub it into the skin. The size of the pot makes it very easy to pop into a bag for on the go relief. It does however have a strong menthol smell, something to consider if you’re out and about.
For your ease I’ve had a little look and all three products I’ve talked about today are available at Boots UK.