Buying back pain patches can be very confusing exercise. Many of them claim to relieve back pain quickly and easily, with no side effects.
If only life were that easy!
Medicated patches for back pain basically come in two different types.
The first are the so called “Hot” patches.
These patches are loaded with capsicum, the substance in hot peppers which gives them their spicy heat.
When capsicum is applied to a painful back in the form of a patch, the capsicum “irritates” a set of nerves in the skin which are responsible for reversing the flow of pain sensations back from the painful are towards the spine.
This is exactly how pain relief is supposed to work.
We carry Salonpas Hot patches, and we like them for three reasons.
First, they contain a high percentage of capsicum, which means they last for hours.
Second, they can be easily cut for use on painful elbows, knees, and wrists. One patch can be cut in half, and each half can be applied to each side of a painful hip (say, the front and back).
Third, they are very inexpensive!
When would you use a hot patch?
Basically, any time your pain responds to warmth, such as the warmth from a heating pad, then a hot patch might work for you.
But even if you’re not sure, these patches are so safe and so inexpensive that grabbing a and trying a few for a few days could be a good investment.
So the hot patch is the first type of back pain patch. The second type is the medicated patch.
The medicated patches have some sort of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory in the patch. Prescription medicated patches, for example, have diclofenac.
The non-prescription patch we like is called Imbue.
Imbue contains methyl salicylate, which is a form of aspirin.
It’s a terrific pain reliever which also fights inflammation.
So because it’s anti-inflammatory, Imbue can work well for pain due to inflammation, such as pain from arthritis, fibromyalgia, and even sciatica.
When would you use Imbue?
Imbue works great for pain caused by inflammation. So any of the conditions mentioned above could be good targets for Imbue.
Plus, some folks do not like the sensation from the capsaicin patches. In that case, Imbue is a very good option.
The only time you would NOT use Imbue is if you are allergic to aspirin, or if you are taking anticoagulants which can interact with aspirin. If you’re taking an anticoagulant, check with your doctor before using Imbue.
Both Imbue and Salonpas HOT are excellent alternatives to dangerous prescription NSAIDS, as we’ve discussed previously.
In fact, while prescription and over-the-counter pain pills have warnings limiting their use, no such warnings are needed for either of these two products.
Lastly, both products can be used without worrying about their possibly upsetting your stomach. Since you’re not swallowing the medicine, it can’t upset your stomach!
So if you have back pain, sciatica, arthritis, or any other form of pain. Or if you’re a weekend warrior who needs a little help
recovering from the weekend tennis match, try either of these products…today!