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Must-Have Pain-Fighting Products to Keep on Hand

By Hillary Oberpeul | March 23, 2018
Must-Have Pain-Fighting Products to Keep on Hand

Five simple and effective tools for pain relief—no matter the source.

From time-to-time, life can be painful. Whether it’s from an aching back, a stiff neck or a throbbing shoulder, that pain can throw a wrench in your plans for the day—especially if you’re always on the move and can’t afford a day off. But you shouldn’t feel uncomfortable all day just because you have a full schedule. That’s where a pain management toolkit comes in.

What’s a pain management toolkit? It’s exactly what it sounds like—a collection of pain-relieving products to keep on hand in case of injury. There are different remedies for different types of pain, even though some do double duty. Everyone feels and responds to pain differently, so each person’s toolkit looks a little different. That’s the beauty of having a toolkit ready to go! It’s personalized, ready for the types of pain you normally experience and right there when you need it.

Not sure where to start with your pain management toolkit? Check out the products we make sure we always have in ours.

5 Must-Have Pain Relief Tools

Every good toolkit has a number of tools. You wouldn’t just grab a hammer if you were going to build a house, right? Well, the same thing goes for your body. You never know what pain might lie right around the corner. So, throw these pain relief must-haves into your toolkit, and you’ll be ready for whatever life throws at you.

1. Topical Pain Relievers

Mar 15, 2018 2:39:05 AM

Topical pain relievers, like Biofreeze® Pain Reliever, are methods of pain relief you apply right to your skin—which means they work right at the source of your pain. This is possible through something called the Gate Control Theory: the idea that when a topical pain reliever is applied, it overrides the pain signals that go to your brain.

They offer the ability to get the benefits of cold therapy without the negative side effects, like stiffness and numbness. Plus, you don’t have to sit still with an ice bag. When choosing a topical pain reliever, look for one that’s backed by research and comes in different formats (like roll-on, gel or spray) so you can easily reach your pain points.

2. Hot/Cold Packs

Hot/cold packs are a must in a pain management kit because they do double duty: heat therapy and cold therapy all in one package! Depending on the pain you’re experiencing, you may need different treatments. Cold therapy is often recommended for areas that are swollen, inflamed or bruised. Heat therapy is recommended after the initial swelling subsides and is effective on chronic aches and muscle pains.

Look for a hot/cold pack that is flexible and delivers even temperature for the doctor-recommended 20 minutes, like TheraPearl® packs.

3. Kinesiology Tape

This popular pain solution works through the same mechanism as a topical pain reliever, by interrupting the pain signals to your brain. It’s good for muscle and joint pain relief across the board.

Look for a kinesiology tape that is easy to apply and has an adhesive proven to last (the longer the tape stays stuck, the longer you get the benefits), like TheraBand® Kinesiology Tape. This tape is the only one with XactStretch™ indicators that show you exactly how much tension you’re using. Tension is important, because if you use too much, you can actually cause skin irritation, rather than providing pain relief. Try to keep it between 25–50%.

4. Roller Massagers

Mar 16, 2018 7:59:05 PM

Did you know that massage can actually facilitate pain relief? One way to get the benefits of massage right at home is to get a roller massager. We like the TheraBand Roller Massager, because of its design—with a rigid roller and durable handles, it’s easy to target sore and tight muscles.

If you prefer a more traditional roller, you can also try a foam roller that can be combined with a textured wrap, so you can choose your depth of massage. That way you get a customized massage every time.

5. Resistance Bands

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If you’ve been to physical therapy, you’re no stranger to the benefits resistance bands can offer. Research shows they offer the same strength building benefits as traditional weights, while allowing you to exercise essentially anywhere. And since exercise has been shown to help relieve pain, you get double the benefits.

When looking for a resistance band, look for one that is easy to use and comes in varying levels of resistance (so you can progress as you get stronger). One great option is the TheraBand CLX™. Its connected loops mean you never have to tie it to perform your exercises. You essentially get a full gym with just one resistance band!

Don’t Let Pain Control You

When life’s busy, it sometimes seems impossible to combat constant and nagging pain. To do the things you love and go through your daily life without having to worry about pain, you need to have the right pain management tools handy at all times. Adding a few or all of these tools to your pain management toolkit can set you on the path toward pain relief.

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