Muscle aches and joint pain can make every movement difficult and get in the way of your day. Fortunately, there are a number of over-the-counter pain relief products available to help you ease discomfort. External or topical products like muscle rub creams allow you to deliver pain relief right to the affected area to quickly address your symptoms. CVS carries a huge selection of external pain relief products, making it easy to find the right product for your needs. Shop the product assortment now and have the perfect external pain reliever shipped right to your door.
There are a number of key ingredients that are used in external pain relief products. Some products contain anesthetics like lidocaine. These over-the-counter medications temporarily numb the skin to decrease feelings of pain. Capsaicin and menthol are ingredients that may promote pain relief by producing sensations when applied to the skin. In addition, you can find products that contain the natural ingredient arnica. This herb is believed to act as an anti-inflammatory and may have the ability to reduce pain as a result.
Once you have focused on the external pain relievers that have the right key ingredient for your needs, you can compare the forms available. Patches make it easy to administer external pain relief and can provide benefits for an extended period of time. Creams, rubs and ointments are preferred by some people. Spray-on products are a great option for areas that are hard to reach like the back.
In addition to topical pain relievers, there are hot and cold therapy products available for external pain relief. Cold therapy numbs the affected area and may reduce swelling and promote pain relief. Heat therapy increases circulation to the affected area and may promote pain relief from muscle stiffness and spasms. Hot and cold therapy solutions come in many forms, including self-adhesive patches and strips, disposable packs and reusable packs and wraps.
Before using any external pain reliever, be sure to discuss your needs with your health care provider. Your medical provider can recommend the best topical pain relief product for your specific concerns. To get the most benefits from the product that you purchase, read the directions for use provided by the manufacturer and follow them carefully unless a health care professional gives you different advice.