On Memorial Day, I celebrated another trip around the sun by spending time with my family who showered me with love and lots of goodies to plant and tend to in my garden. They know that being in nature, surrounded by flowers, herbs and lush greenery is my Zen. One of the pluses of being in my fifties is I know myself really well and I’ve come to accept that my body, while still very capable, will respond to a day in the garden with aches and pains, especially in my back and knees by nightfall. Thankfully, I’ve discovered some simple steps to relieve my sore muscles that I think will help you this summer too.

Three Simple steps to help relieve sore muscles this summer

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Salonpas. I received compensation/ information to facilitate today’s post as well as a complimentary product(s) shown to thank me for my participation. All opinions are my own.

Step One: Don’t Stop Moving, just move slower:

 slow is okay on hiking and walking trails

We’ve all heard the saying that a body in motion stays in motion. I wish I would have taken this one more seriously the last few years. Somehow, I’ve allowed my life to become a little more sedentary than I’d like to admit, but there it is. This spring, I found that it was harder for me to do routine chores around my yard than it has been in the past because I’d allowed my core muscles needed for more strenuous yard work to become lax. 

Since the Corona Virus mandates to stay home started, I’ve been moving more, even challenging myself on hiking trails to build back those muscles- I’m just moving slower and that is so freeing! I don’t compare my actions and body capabilities to those of my daughters, or anybody else around me anymore, I just move at my own pace.

Step Two: Drink more water:

Drink ice water often

Thankfully, I’m one of those people who enjoys a refreshing glass of water, so I thought I was doing fairly well on my hydration, but I was surprised to learn that some of the sore muscles and joint pain I’d been experiencing after a hike or gardening might have been caused by dehydration rather than over exertion. Since the majority of our cartilage is water, it stands to reason if we aren’t properly hydrating our bodies, we will feel soreness in our muscles and joints. Hello knees and hip flexors!

Step Three: Apply topical pain relief on effective Areas: 

Salonpas offers a variety of pain relieving products #ad

I’ve been using Salonpas patches, creams, and sprays for about 6 years now and find them to be a fantastic way to relieve my sore muscles quickly. Salonpas has a full line of products that can help manage pain right at the site. For instance, if I have a sore shoulder, I could use one of their smaller patches for hours of relief, no other pain medication needed. With topical analgesics being recommended as the first line of treatment by physicians in much of the world, the CDC is guiding United States physicians to consider topicals as an alternative, first line treatment for pain. They are “thought to be safer than systemic medications”.

Why Choose Salonpas for Pain? 

Salonpas offers several types of patches #ad

Salonpas products have different active ingredients including, lidocaine for neuropathic pain, topical NSAIDS for localized osteoarthritis, topical capsaicin for musculoskeletal and  neuropathic pain. In fact, Hisamitsu America, the marketers of Salonpas®, are duty bound to educate, update and share the contemporary view of how and where topical analgesics fit within pain management.   The company motto is ‘Salonpathy’ – which means to improve the quality of life through patch.

As such, Hisamitsu America commissioned a video tutorial by Dr. Bob Arnot, who over the course of his career as a physician, Chief Medical Correspondent and War Correspondent, has been exposed to a wide variety of pain management drugs and approaches. Since May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, I wanted to share Dr. Arnot’s timely help. Did you know that in the United States, 23% of all adults (over 54 million people) have arthritis? That’s a bigger number than I was aware of. 

“One thing I’ve seen is that the United States is much more reliant on taking pills for pain than the rest of the world, where topical analgesics, physical therapy and other approaches are more widely used,” says Dr. Bob Arnot. “The reliance on pills, many of which come with side effects that can be severe when used in greater quantities than labeled or for longer than labeled has led me to conclude for muscle, back and joint pains it’s best to start with ‘Topicals First’.”

Watch Dr. Arnot's Message here:

Below is a list of Salonpas products which can help you select a product or products that are right for your needs. I've highlighted my husband's family and my personal favorites!  You can learn more about each product here.

 Salonpas Products:

Salonpas has sprays, creams and gel products #ad

  • Salonpas Pain relief patches: Is the first and only FDA-approved OTC pain relieving patches, now doubled sized.
  • Salonpas Lidocaine Pain relieving gel patch provides numbing, unscented maximum strength pain relief available without a prescription.
  • Salonpas Lidocaine Plus Pain relieving liquid provides an unscented, no mess roll on featuring maximum pain relief. * a new personal favorite*
  •  Salonpas Lidocaine Plus Pain relieving cream offers maximum unscented pain relief without a prescription and includes benzyl alcohol to numb nerves fast.
  • Salonpas Gel patch HOT: includes menthol which starts to cool on contact while Capsaicin (derived from chili peppers), creates a warm sensation.
  • Salonpas DEEP relieving gel: rushes three powerful pain fighters that penetrate and treat pain up to eight hours. * husband’s new personal favorite*
  • Salonpas Jet Spray: provides two powerful pain fighting ingredients to freeze pain and keep it away. *family personal favorite*
  • Salonpas HOT patches: Provides warming relief for large pain areas.

Whether you suffer from arthritis pain, back pain, or just sore muscles from over exertion in the garden or hike like me, I think Salonpas can be very beneficial in helping relieve sore muscles this summer.

Please share in comments: Which product would you be most likely to try first and why?

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