A sore or swollen muscle can make it difficult to work, play, or relax. Use of a Skin repair cream or a rub can help to minimize pain and discomfort.
Creams are lighter than ointments, and they’re non-greasy. They can also be easily applied to a large area.
Sombra Warm Therapy Gel
Sombra Warm Therapy provides temporary relief from chronic conditions and common aches. This warming gel is recommended prior to exercise to expedite the warm up process and minimize injuries, or used after a workout to ease sore muscles. It has a refreshing citrus scent, absorbs quickly and won’t stain clothing.
Indian tribes from north of Mexico use plant extracts successfully to relieve pain. Sombra’s original, natural ‘Warm Therapy’ formulation combines these tried and tested plant extracts along with safe ingredients like menthol & camphor.
It is alcohol-free, non-greasy and non-staining. It contains no oils, waxes or artificial colors. It has a refreshing citrus aroma from orange extract. It also contains green tea and aloe vera.
Biofreeze Hot & Cooling Gel
Biofreeze is clinically the most recommended topical pain reliever. The cryogel offers fast-acting cooling therapy to help reduce swelling from arthritis and muscle sprains or strains. It also eases pain in backaches and other common aches and discomforts. It can also be used to enhance trigger point therapy and rehab exercises. It’s ideal before sports or physical activity.
This analgesic relies on a gate control theory to relieve pain. The menthol in Biofreeze, when applied to the skin causes your brain interpret nerve signals as a feeling of cold. This triggers a reduction of inflammation.
Biofreeze is free of NSAIDs, aspirin, capsaicin, gluten, starch, milk, peanut or tree nut derivatives and is paraben & propylene glycol free. It is free from artificial dyes and made using USP-grade ingredients. It has a distinctive odor which usually disappears within minutes after applying the product.
Muscle and Joint Relief Cream
This muscle rub has many benefits if you are looking for something as good, if not even better than menthol. It has a dispenser pump that allows for mess free application.
This recovery balm contains Glucosamine, as well as natural botanicals like Devil’s Claw or Boswellia to relieve pain in aching muscles and joints. The formula contains Shea Butter and Coconut Oil for added moisture.
This cream, another option that isn’t a gel but still works well with kinesiology tapes from the brand, contains methyl-salicylate (a cooling agent) for immediate relief and eucalyptus/rosemary oil for heat. It’s free of parabens, phthalates, and synthetic fragrance and works well with the brand’s kinesiology tape. It’s certified USDA organic. It is a great option for athletes who experience aches and sprains that don’t respond otherwise to treatment. The cream has a nice, light scent and is non-greasy. The cream can be used to massage.
Eucalyptus & Rosemary Oil
Eucalyptus has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties (pain relief). It can be applied to sore muscles by mixing it with a carrier such as jojoba. A study showed eucalyptusradisa (Narrow-leafeucalyptus), a type of eucalyptus, increased blood flow into the affected area and improved recovery time from exercise-induced muscles soreness.
Rosemary oil can relieve pain due to its analgesic properties. It also improves the circulation and promotes the healing of wounds (22). In a study, rosemary oil reduced pain in people with Rheumatoid Arthritis when it was applied to the skin during a gentle massage (31).
Ginger oil is rich in Zingibain. It is believed to relieve pain and stress from muscles, joints, and bones. It can be applied topically on the skin to ease sore muscles, and increase blood circulation to the area. When diluted, it may also be effective against ticks that transmit Lyme disease (51). It may also lessen anxiety and depression (6, 27). (1)