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Taking Control of Aches & Pains

publication date: Jan 6, 2022
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author/source: Anne Coates

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Research for Mentholatum, the brains behind the Deep Heat and Deep Freeze, the go to thermotherapy and cooling topical solutions our bodies need to help keep us active found that:

  • More than 6 in 10 adults reported muscular troubles
  • 50 per cent struggled with joint stiffness
  • Only 45 per cent manage a daily walk, and
  • One in five sit for hours on end without getting up and stretching to ease muscle fatigue.

But the good news is that it’s never too late to take control. 

A third of 30 to 44-year-olds who took part in the Deep Heat research poll reported they have had lower back pain. And ten per cent have struggled with shoulder or upper back pain. This is hardly surprising when 50 per cent of people working from home use a laptop sitting on a sofa or armchair and 33 per cent work in bed. 

Common triggers for muscle problems at this age are:

  • Sleeping positions that are not supportive enough e.g. saggy mattresses and old limp pillows, leading to back and neck aches.
  • Back problems due to ergonomically unsound home working environments.
  • Back, neck, foot, ankle, and calf issues caused by driving with a bad posture for hours without breaks to stretch.
  • Prolonged stress can trap us in a cycle of cortisol production (a stress hormone), chronic inflammation, and pain.

Physiotherapist and sleep specialist Sammy Margo suggests: “Using topical treatments at home can provide a quick solution to discomfort. For example, Deep Heat Pain Relief Heat Patch is a convenient drug-free adhesive patch that can be worn comfortably under work clothes to relieve aches, while Deep Heat Max Strength combines soothing heat with pain-killing ingredient, methyl salicylate.”

Personal trainer Chris Ruxton advises: “Lower back pain is often a sign that your sitting position needs realignment so make sure you’re not slumping when using a laptop and computer or watching TV. Try cat cow stretches, a classic yoga pose:  

Get on all fours, knees under hips, hands under shoulders.

Curl toes under and tilt your pelvis down. This will encourage your tailbone to stick up.

As you do so, take your gaze up to the ceiling. Hold for ten. Then, bring that pelvis forward, round your back and bring your gaze down, so you’re staring at your belly button. Hold for 10 again and repeat both cat and cow, twice more."

The Deep Heat range comes in handy formats to suit all needs including:

Deep Heat Pain Relief Heat Patch — a long-lasting, adhesive patch, which is drug-free, comfortable and odourless

New Deep Heat Warming Belt — a discrete, non-sticky warming belt with four large heat cells which provide up to 12 hours of deep penetrating warmth to relieve muscular aches, pains, and tension. Particularly useful for lower back or hip pain

Deep Heat Muscle Massage Roll-on Lotion – a handy roll-on drug-free version, which combines massage with heat therapy to help ease tight, knotted muscles. It can be used before or after exercise

Deep Heat Pain Relief Spray — an easy-to-use heat therapy spray which is great for helping to relieve pain in the muscles, tendons, joints or bones, lower back, and thigh pain, sprains, or strains

Deep Heat Heat Pain Relief Rub — a rub that provides targeted pain relief and can be used before or after exercise. It also helps with stiffness including back and rheumatic pain, sciatica, fibrositis, sprains and chilblains

Deep Heat Max Strength — offers more than double the amount of the pain-killing ingredient, methyl salicylate. And it generates penetrating warmth in aching, injured and sore muscles.