OUCH! There it is again. Excruciating muscle pain.
Maybe it’s your lower back acting up. And suddenly it feels like your spine is stretched taut like a rubber band.
Or perhaps it’s that chronic leg cramping. And your muscles feel as if they’re tied into a knot.
Or ZING, it’s the all over twitching and pulling of fibromyalgia pain.
No matter where YOUR discomfort is, all muscle pains share one thing. They make it nearly impossible to function. So it’s really no wonder that muscle relaxants are one of the most common prescriptions doctors write.
But often you end up trading in the pain for a list of troubling drug side effects.
Some of the most common “mild” ones include…
- trouble concentrating
- blurred vision
- dry mouth and an altered sense of taste
- nausea, upset stomach
- constipation or diarrhea
And they can get worse… WAY worse…
- severe drowsiness
- tremors or shaking
- pounding heartbeat or fluttering heart
- loss of coordination
Seniors BEWARE of muscle relaxers!
But if you’re a senior, there’s even more bad news. Although 15 percent of all muscle relaxers are written for seniors, they aren’t even recommended for folks over 65.
Turns out that along with relaxing your muscles, these drugs can affect the way your brain sends out signals. In fact, they’re associated with drug-induced dementia in seniors.
Plus prescription muscle relaxers could send your risk of heart attack soaring. And cause your chances of taking a serious… or even life-threatening…. tumble to skyrocket.
So what’s a suffering senior to do?
8 natural muscle relaxers to try INSTEAD of drugs
The good news is you DON’T have to choose between dangerous drugs or living with painful muscle spasms. You have other options.
There are natural and effective muscle relaxers that will do the trick without putting you at risk.
1. Arnica oil:
Arnica isn’t just good for bruises or sprains. Extracts from this daisy-like plant are great for muscle pain too. Arnica contains a compound called thymol which reduces inflammation and helps keep the blood flowing so your muscles can heal. Massage a small amount into the aching muscle for quick relief.
2. CBD oil:
Ask your doc if CBD oil is legal in your state and if you can use it with your current prescriptions. CBD blocks pain receptors so your muscles can relax and stop spasming. And don’t worry, unlike marijuana CBD won’t make you feel loopy.
There’s an excellent reason women have been using chamomile tea to calm the muscle cramping of menstruation for hundreds of years. It works. Chamomile contains anti-inflammatory flavonoids that help quiet muscles and nerves. Apply chamomile oil directly to your cramped muscles or sip on a nightly cup of tea. Or feel free to do both.
Licensed massage therapists are trained in techniques which can help relax and soothe inflamed and angry muscles. Ask your doctor for a referral for a massage therapist who will meet your needs.
If your muscle spasms are popping up after exercise curcumin, the active ingredient in the spice turmeric may help. Curcumin has been shown to help relieve the post-exercise inflammation which can trigger muscle cramping.
6. Peppermint oil:
Pure peppermint oil can fight your muscle pain from two different angles. First, it contains menthol, a natural painkiller. Plus peppermint is an anti-spasmodic. That means it can help relax your muscles relieving painful spasms too.
7. Physical therapy:
No matter whether your muscle pain is from a recent injury or a chronic problem a physical therapist may be able to help. Ask your doctor for a referral. A physical therapist will work WITH your doctor to address the underlying cause of your muscle pain. So instead of just masking the pain, you can finally heal for good.
If you’re experiencing period muscle cramps but don’t know the cause low magnesium could be the culprit. Your muscles require this vital mineral for proper contractions. Increase the magnesium-rich foods in your diet including spinach, almonds, black beans, and cashews. Magnesium supplements are also available.
Taking prescription muscle relaxers to ease your muscle pain can be like stepping out of the frying pain into the fire. They come with a ton of troubling side effects. And if you’re a senior, they can be downright dangerous. Try one of these eight natural muscle relaxers instead.
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