Sometimes our aches and pains are related to excessive stress on our joints and muscles—too much straining, over exercising, or unexpected physical exertion.

And sometimes our medicine is working against us.

The former problem can be solved with an Epsom salt bath and an over-the-counter pain reliever. The latter problem deserves more attention.

If you suffer constant or consistent muscles soreness, you should know that more than 300 types of medications strip your body of vital CoQ10. Reduced levels of the nutrient can leave your muscles weak, spasming, and cramping.

Top meds to look out for are cholesterol drugs and blood pressure pills. Diuretics, estrogen hormones, steroids and antibiotics follow close behind when it comes to “drug mugging” or nutrient depletion.

Obviously, for acute muscle pain, the three most popular choices are acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen (Aleve). But do consider boswellia, curcurmin and bromelain, which have distinct pain-relieving qualities as well. These have proven to be healthy and natural, although slower acting, anti-inflammatory options.

Non-medicated, odorless moist heat pads are also helpful, replicating the moisture and warmth of a hot shower. Muscle or joint pain may be eased for up to eight hours. Similarly, menthol medicated patches and creams are applied externally. In this case, the product creates a soothing, cooling sensation. Still, it doesn’t promote muscle health or healing.

Capsaicin also works well. This active ingredient in chili pepper can be applied in patches or rolled on, or used in a lotion. Results improve with repeated applications.

Another option includes various supplements:

·      MSM creams and supplements. Though people doubt the external benefits, MSM is reported to help with flexibility, cramps, spasms, and joint pain.

·      Malic acid and magnesium: These are two supplements that I consider a one-two punch for muscle pain. They help with anxiety and muscle tenderness.

Read the full article here: Natural Muscle Relaxers and Soothers | Suzy Cohen, RPh