Monday, August 2, 2010

Tell Me More About Analgesics

Well, there is a lot to know about how to reduce pain in your very active body. One of the first lines of defense could be an analgesic.

Analgesics are used for decreasing pain, swelling and bruising. They are also known as painkillers. They include acetaminophen & non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. They differ from anesthetics, which aid to eliminate sensation.

Topical analgesia is generally recommended to avoid painful side effects of arthritis or trauma. Some topical analgesics contain ibuprofen & capsaicin. We in the massage department typically use analgesics that contain homeopathic remedies such as Arnica Montana, which has been shown to be a vasodilator- or a blood cell shrinker. My personal favorite is Traumeel, second to that I know Maryann is fond of Topricin.

On the other hand we also use topical anesthetics such as Sombra, or Biofreeze, which contain menthol and camphor to cool hot and swollen surfaces. Julie’s favorite pic is the Sombra, and I’m sure if you have ever had a massage from her you wont forget that smell!

These items can be procured via the Internet or at a local co-op, if you have any questions regarding the use of such gels or ointments, please don’t hesitate to ask! Happy healing!

Written by Jessie Jo Egersett
Massage Director, Seattle Athletic Club Downtown

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