A recent comment on a previous post asked for advice on natural options for pain relief for those unable to take anti-inflammatory medication or analgesics. Many herbalist and natural therapists recommend a number of natural products to help with pain relief, some of which include:

Capsaicin: For arthritis, shingles, or neuropathy
InflaThera or Zyflamend: For arthritis
Arnica: For acute injury or post surgery swelling
Aquamin: For osteoarthritis
SAM-e (S adenosylmethionine): For osteoarthritis
Fish oil: For joint pain from arthritis or autoimmune disorders


A recent study published in the journal of ‘Clinical Chiropractic’ also concluded that the effects of BioFreeze gel, when used for the relief of acute muscle spasm, far outweigh those of applied ice. To make the whole process even simpler, BioFreeze gel can also be purchased in a roll-on applicator to help target the specific area of pain. The additional benefits are most likely due to the rubbing motion applied to the area of pain in combination with the added menthol content of the gel which desensitises the area allowing the muscles to relax in their own time.

Despite the relative safety and efficacy of any natural muscle relaxant, care should be taken in taking them. Below are some tips that can help maximize the benefits of these muscle relaxants:

1. Consult a doctor first. It is important to get the view of a health professional before taking any alternative muscle relaxant. The herbs may negate the effects of any medication you are currently taking.

2. Study the proper use of the herbs you intend to take. Be informed of the proper dosage and preparation of the herbs to maximize their effects.

3. Get herb supplies from a trusted source. Take note of brand names and do some research to ensure your safety.

Taking natural remedies for muscle spasms is a convenient and healthy way to ease the discomfort of contracted muscles. With the right information and proper consultation with health professionals, anyone can benefit from these natural relievers of muscle spasms.

The benefits of pain relief medication, be it natural or prescribed, are always improved in combination with rahabilitation and in most cases manipulative therapy. For more information or for a free health assessment contact Espina Chiropractic Clinic at info@espina.co.uk or call us on 01235 410708.