As we enthusiastically watch sporting events, it’s common to see a physical therapist attend to an athlete on-field or massage cramps on the sidelines. Specific oils, creams and rubs are used to help bring relief. While CBD CLINIC™ is a favorite for relieving pain due to muscle or joint injuries, its benefits are far broader than only during competition.
People choose to consult with bodywork professionals including chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists and physiotherapists for a multitude of reasons. Yes, improved athleticism and recovery are instigators. So, too, are backache, muscle aches, headache, arthritis, acute injury, rehabilitation, better health, and the list goes on.
During these uncertain times of the coronavirus pandemic, you may find yourself working from home. Office syndrome is a real cause of musculoskeletal pain, and a non-ergonomic work set-up can cause severe back and neck problems. The treatments you provide and the products you recommend matter.
Pain conditions can be successfully soothed and alleviated in your practice without the inherent risks of over-the-counter or prescription medications. This is one reason why people are seeking alternatives.
Dangers of NSAIDS and Opioids for Pain Relief
All medications come with risks, one of which can include death. Let’s take a look at two commonly used pain killers: non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) and opioids.
Examples of NSAIDS include diclofenac, ibuprofen and naproxen. While NSAIDs are sold over the counter and often assumed to be benign, they carry significant potential side effects. One study noted that this family of medications can cause severe intestinal problems including, “non-specific colitis… intestinal ulcers, bleeding, and perforation [and]… frequently cause small intestinal inflammation.”
The medical community has become aware of the horrors this class of pharmaceuticals can inflict on patients. These medications cause severe side effects including dizziness, sleepiness, respiratory distress, development of tolerance, and gastrointestinal problems like constipation, nausea, and vomiting. Additionally, there is the danger of developing a physical dependency.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse has stated that approximately one in ten users will develop an opioid addiction, while 4-6% of those with a misuse problem transition to heroin. Even more confounding, 4 out of 5 heroin addicts started their drug use by abusing prescription opioids. We have a duty to ensure that safer and effective alternatives are available.
Topical Pain Relievers
Topical pain relievers are a non-addictive alternative poised to offer a host of important benefits, such as:
- They contain active analgesics, such as menthol, camphor, and lidocaine, to provide a cooling or numbing effect to temporarily relieve pain. These ingredients are also considered counterirritants, which means they relieve pain by depressing cutaneous sensory receptors in the brain.
- They are site-specific, so they exert their effects locally.
- They are non-transdermal and do not come with any of the unwanted side effects mentioned above.
Besides Sports-Related Injuries, How Can CBD CLINIC Products Help Your Patients?
Yes, CBD CLINIC products are ideal for soothing sports-related injuries, but they also provide temporary pain relief for many other conditions, such as:
Sore or strained muscles
Research suggests that 30% of the population experiences pain evoked by myofascial trigger points. 60%-85% of the population will encounter back pain with a muscular component at some point in their lives. Musculoskeletal pain is one of the most common reasons people consult their health professional.
Lower back pain
The World Health Organization states that 15%-45% of the population suffers from lower back pain every year. As a health professional, we know you see this condition regularly.
While the rates of hip osteoarthritis continue to climb, chronic sitting, musculoskeletal imbalances, joint dysfunction, lack of fitness, and obesity significantly contribute to hip pain.
As our population ages, so too does the prevalence of arthritic pain. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted that between 2013–2015, a staggering 54.4 million US adults per year were told by a doctor they had arthritis in some form. Yet we know that while these conditions can sap quality of life, manual therapy and the right products can make a profoundly positive difference.
Teachers, nurses, chefs, dog walkers, retail staff, manual therapists, and others who stand all day often report aching feet. Reflexology, acupressure or other manual therapies are guaranteed to provide relief.
Have you or your patients found themselves working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic? Sitting in awkward positions with your back and neck hunched over or at awkward angles can cause severe muscle fatigue and strain. This can also include arm pain, headache, and numbness and tingling in the fingers and feet, which can be symptoms related to a constant office hunch. Leaning over a computer, endlessly gazing down at a cell phone, or logging copious hours on video games all set sustained postures of stress.
Teaching your patients to counteract office syndrome, providing ergonomic advice, and encouraging at-home stretches and self-massage with an appropriate topical pain reliever will aid relief.
Choosing the Right Topical Products
When deciding on the right topical products for your patients, it’s important to consider both the active and non-active ingredients.
CBD CLINIC’s Clinical Strength Pain Relief line contains naturally-derived pharmaceutical analgesics that temporarily relieve muscle and joint pain.
The creams, oils, and ointments come in five levels so you can use your clinical expertise to customize your patients’ pain relief. CBD hemp oil along with jojoba oil act as skin-soothing emollients so skin won’t become dry and flaky. In addition, we have added essential oils like tea tree, clove, eucalyptus, and peppermint oils to enhance the cooling effect so your patients can feel the soothing sensation as long as possible.
Whether your patients are athletes, dabble in a favorite sport, or experience pain related to other conditions, naturally-derived topical products such as CBD massage oil and analgesic cream that temporarily relieve pain can improve quality of life and prevent significant, even deadly, side effects.
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