Pain & Pain Relief

When we're in pain, we want it to stop—quickly and safely! The NorthStar blog on pain and pain relief contains information on options to help relieve pain fast, including product reviews and comparisons.

  1. Don't Let Musculoskeletal Pain Dominate Your Life

    pain MusculoskeletalIf you’re suffering from short-term or ongoing musculoskeletal pain, you know how all-encompassing it can be.

    Every day, every position, everything can hurt.

    It’s easy to let your whole world be controlled by the discomfort.

    Decisions get made on what will hurt less.

    Plans get cancelled because you just can’t risk it.

    You know the routine, and you know it’s no way to live.

    But you don’t have to. We promise…

    What IS Musculoskeletal Pain?

    In spite of the fancy name, musculoskeletal pain is actually really easy to understand – it’s any pain in the muscles, ligaments, tendons and/or bones.

    Your whole body may ache. The pain may make sleeping difficult, so you’re tired all the time. But even when you do rest, you’re still fatigued because the pain drains you.

    Sound familiar? If so, then you’re probably dealing with musculoskeletal pain, even if you never know that name for it.

    What Causes Musculoskeletal Pain?

    The truth is that there are almost as many reasons for musculoskeletal pain as there are people suffering from it. It can be:

    • Wear and tear of everyday life
    • Injury or trauma
    • Overuse OR underuse
    • Poor posture
    • Sedentary lifestyle…

    The list goes on and on. Because there are also specific health conditions that can cause musculoskeletal pain. Conditions like

    • Arthritis
    • Back pain
    • Repetitive strain injury
    • Muscle spam

    Having a name to put to your pain is good news, but perhaps the even better news is that there is something you can do about it.

    How to Treat Musculoskeletal Pain

    The traditional treatment for musculoskeletal pain is NSAIDs – but they come with all the questionable and downright scary side effects.

    Instead of popping an over-the-counter pain pill – or even worse, a prescription pain killer – treat musculoskeletal pain effectively AND safely, with these all-natural treatments…

    Temperature therapy – Ice packs and heating pads can be your best friend when you’re in pain. The key is to use them wisely.
    If your musculoskeletal pain is new, sharp, or accompanied by swelling, you’re going to want to reach for ice (and depending on how and when it started, check in with a doctor). A good, general rule is to use ice for the first two or three days, then move to heat. If, however, your pain has been around longer than that, you know it’s being caused by tension in the muscles and ligaments, then heat may be the way to go. Where ice constricts blood flow and numbs pain, heat helps relax and soothe tight, sore muscles and attachments.

    Exercise – If you just groaned at the thought of hitting the gym or running a marathon because you hurt too badly, stop worrying! That’s not the kind of exercise you need when you’re dealing with musculoskeletal pain. Instead, you’re aiming for more gentle exercises that won’t exacerbate your condition. Stretching, swimming, easy walking. Even tai chi or yoga classes can be very helpful. Eventually, work your way up to simple strength exercises, so that you’re giving your muscles, bones, and joints the support they need to keep you strong.

    Massage therapy – Therapeutic massage has been used for centuries to relieve musculoskeletal pain. Depending on the massage therapist you go to, they may use long, firm strokes to help relax the muscles and attachments, or they may use firm, strong pressure to release knots. Either way, talk to your massage therapist, explain your condition, and they will be able to make recommendations that will help ease your pain.

    Topical pain relievers – Topical pain relievers are better for musculoskeletal pain than pain pills for many reasons. First, you can get all-natural pain relievers that have serious medication working in them – menthol and capsaicin. Just as importantly, you can use exactly the amount of pain reliever you need on the exactly source of your pain. You don’t have to flood your whole system with pain medication just because your knees hurt. And because you put the topical pain reliever directly on the site of your pain, it gets absorbed faster and goes to work almost immediately, instead of you having to wait for it to work its way through your system before it can be effective. So, find a topical pain reliever, like Soothanol X2, and get the powerful medication your pain needs, without the scary side effects.

    Musculoskeletal pain can be debilitating – but it doesn’t have to be. Take your life back, with these tips and Soothanol X2.

  2. Lumbar Spine Stretches and Exercises to Erase Your Lower Back Pain

    stretches lumbar spineWhen your back hurts, all you want to do is stop and rest.

    As counterintuitive as it seems, though, the key really is to get up and get moving.

    Lumbar spine stretches and the right kind of exercise can be your first step back towards feeling good and living pain free.

    The key is to choose your exercise and lumbar spine stretches wisely.

    Because some of the most common stretches and exercises can do more harm than good.

    When your back hurts, avoid toe touches, leg lifts, and sit ups.

    Yes, they can help stretch and strengthen a healthy back – but one that’s already hurting will only make it worse!

    So what are you supposed to do? Try these exercises and lumbar spine stretches, instead. And feel your pain melt away.

    Exercise for Back Pain

    As we said, even though you want to stay in bed and rest, exercise really will help your back pain. And it doesn’t take much.

    According to one study, people who experienced back pain and then exercised a few days a week for a year reported their pain diminished by 45%. Forty-five percent, just from exercise.

    Walking is the easiest, cheapest, and definitely most effective exercise for back pain. Get a pair of good shoes that will support your back, and step out your front door.

    You can also drive to a flat biking path or school track. Even some malls open early for people to get in several laps without worrying about the weather or investing in a gym membership just for a walk.

    You’re aiming for thirty minutes, but work up to it if you need to. Even ten minutes is better for your back than nothing.

    If walking is still too much, consider a recumbent, stationary bike or a swimming class. Both are no-impact aerobics that won’t jar your back at all. The same time guidelines apply, too. Aim for at least thirty minutes, but get there at your own pace.

    Now to the Lumbar Spine Stretches…

    While lumbar spine stretches are excellent for back pain, there are some rules to remember. First, don’t do anything that hurts. Yes, you may – and should – feel the stretch, but that’s different from pain. Go at your own pace. Your health isn’t a competition. And finally, remember that you can do these in conjunction with aerobic exercise – they make a great cool down – but you can also do them on their own since lumbar spine stretches help back pain in their own right.

    You’ll do all the lumbar spine stretches on the floor, so you’ll need a mat or towel and room to stretch out.

    1. Cat and Cow. Start on your hands and knees, back flat. Make sure your hands are flat on the ground, about shoulder width apart. Legs should be hip width apart, as well. Slowly arch your back upward, like a cat stretching. Contract your abs, as if you’re trying to get your belly button to touch the ceiling through your back. Hold for five to ten seconds. Slowly, lower your back through neutral, until you are pushing your tummy towards the floor. While it should look like your back is sagging, do not actually let it. Keep your muscles strong and stay in control of the motion. Hold for five to ten seconds. Slowly return to neutral. Repeat entire cycle ten times.

    2. Knee to Chest. Lie down on your back, legs extended with your toes pointing up. Carefully, raise one knee towards your chest. Keep the other foot flat on the floor. Wrap your hands around the back of your thigh to help hold your leg in place. Hold for twenty seconds, the carefully lower your leg. Repeat with the opposite leg. Perform whole cycle three times.

    3. Two-Knee Twist. Stretch out, on your back, with your arms extended so they are perpendicular to your body. Bring your knees to your chest. Keeping your shoulders as flat as possible, lower both legs to the left. Eventually, your left knee will touch the floor. To start, lower them as far as possible without lifting your right shoulder. Hold for one minute. Slowly raise your knees back up to neutral, then repeat, lowering your legs to the right. Hold for one minute. Return to neutral. Don’t be surprised if you get closer to the floor on one side than the other.

    4. One-Knee Twist. A slightly more advanced version of that lumbar spine stretch is the one-knee twist. Begin in the same starting position, but only bend your right leg. Carefully roll to the left side, letting your knee drop toward the floor. Hold for twenty seconds. Make sure you keep your shoulders flat. Slowly, bring your leg up, straighten it, and bend your left leg. Lower the left knee to the right side, keeping shoulders flat. Hold for another twenty seconds. Return to starting position. Repeat whole cycle three times.

    5. Sphinx. Stretch out on your stomach, legs straight, hands directly under your shoulders. Gently, press your palms into the floor and raise your upper body. Your palms, elbows, and hips should still be in flat contact with your mat. Square your shoulders and lift your head, so you’re looking ahead of you. Hold for ten seconds to a minute. Slowly lower yourself back down. Once this lumbar spine stretch is easy, it can evolve into the cobra stretch. Simply straighten your arms, rather than keeping your elbows on the ground. This extends your back even further, however, so don’t make this advancement until you’re ready for it.

    These lumbar spine stretches and aerobic exercises will help you feel better, move better, and live life better, in spite of lower back pain! For

    ultimate results, combine them with Soothanol X2, the all-natural topical pain reliever that stops pain almost instantly. Because if you hurt too badly to move, you’re not going to.

    So get moving, with Soothanol X2. And stay moving with Soothanol X2 and these lumbar spine stretches – the combination you’ve been looking for!

  3. 11 of the Best Herbs to Defeat Your Pain

    herbs bestThere’s so many health-related things you can do naturally these days – so why are you still using scary drugs to relieve your pain?

    Because there’s no need to! Not when there are herbs that work just as well at relieving your pain.

    Look no further to find the best herbs for easing your pain.

    Give up the NSAIDs and stick with your healthy lifestyle even when it comes to pain relief. Continue reading

  4. 5 Muscle Trigger Points to Ease Pain

    trigger points muscleWhen you’re in pain, you want it to stop. That’s a given.

    But when you have long-term, ongoing pain, you know it’s not always as easy as popping a pill.

    After all, you want the pain to stop, but you don’t want to live your life constantly on medications, either.

    That’s what makes muscle trigger points that ease pain such an important tool in your pain management skill set.

    They are a completely natural, medication-free way of easing pain.

    You read that correctly: muscle trigger points do not use medicine to ease your pain.

    If you’re familiar with acupressure, those are the muscle trigger points we’re talking about.

    If you’re not familiar, or you want to know more, here’s how it works… Continue reading

  5. Erase Stiff Neck Pain For Good With These 6 Techniques

    neck pain stiffIt’s hard to explain what makes stiff neck pain so difficult to live with.

    You’re not sick. You’re not really injured. There’s no need for a cast or a brace.

    You can still move, go to work, and live your life. But it hurts, all the time.

    Which means stiff neck pain will take its toll on your mood, your energy level, and your quality of life. Even though “nothing’s wrong.”

    Well, we think if something is affecting your quality of life then something is wrong. And if something’s wrong, you deserve to have it managed.

    So, we’ve come up with these six ways for you to erase stiff neck pain and get your – pain-free – life back!

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  6. The Answer to Instant Pain Relief is in Your Kitchen

    pain relief instant The drugstore is full of products promising instant pain relief.

    Unfortunately, that instant pain relief comes along with scary side effects and questionable ingredients.

    You can roll those dice and hope your health doesn’t suffer just because you needed instant pain relief, or you could stick to the all-natural route and look to your kitchen…

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  7. How to Treat Back Pain WITHOUT a Doctor

    back pain treatGenerally speaking, you really can treat back pain without going to the doctor.

    In fact, nearly 90% of all back pain resolves itself within six weeks!

    So before you run to the doctor for a scary shot or dangerous prescription, try to treat your back pain at home, with these simple steps –

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  8. 5 Reasons Why You Are Experiencing Muscle Cramps at Night – and 10 Ways to Fix Them

    at night muscle crampsThe lights are out, you’re just about to sleep, and they hit: muscle cramps at night.

    If you’re lucky, they’re an annoyance keeping you awake.

    If you’re unlucky, they’re painful enough to bring tears to your eyes.

    Either way, pretending you don’t have muscle cramps at night is impossible, wishing them away doesn’t work, and hoping tomorrow night will be better gets you nowhere.

    You have to deal with your nighttime muscle cramps.

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  9. How to End to Back Pain While Sleeping For Good

    While sleeping back painBack pain during the day is bad enough.

    But back pain while sleeping seems worse, somehow.

    It’s the one time you’re supposed to be able to find relief.

    Even just a comfortable position.

    Or maybe you’re fine during the day and your back pain doesn’t kick in until you’re in bed, trying to sleep.

    Either way, getting rid of back pain while sleeping just might be easier than you though – or feared.

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  10. How to Avoid These 6 Common Sports Injuries

    When you think about common sports injuries, you probably think about career-ending breaks or dislocations.

    The kind of injuries that happen to professional athletes. Surely you don’t have to worry about sports injuries.

    Except that the most common sports injuries are ones that can – and do – happen to anyone, even if they aren’t necessarily playing sports.

    If you’re playing with the grandkids, swinging a golf club, or think it might be fun to try and shoot hoops with your old high school buddies, these are common sports injuries that you should protect against.

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  11. How to Plan for Random Joint Pain

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    joint pain randomSome days are just fine.

    You move, bend, twist – all without a twinge.

    Other days, though, not so much.

    Other days you’re struck by random joint pain.

    That may go away once you change position, or it may linger, effecting the rest of your day. Or even your week.

    So how do you address random joint pain so it doesn’t take you by surprise and possibly ruin a good time? Keep reading…

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  12. Ways Bad Furniture Can Implicate Your Health

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    furniture bad Hips ache. Muscles cramp. Joints throb. And you just don’t understand why.

    You’re active, you eat right, you sleep well. It doesn’t make sense. Unless…

    Unless you have the wrong furniture.

    That’s right – bad furniture can negatively impact your health.

    Go ahead and laugh. It does seem ridiculous, and we admit it.

    But that’s part of the issue – bad furniture being a health concern does seem unthinkable, so people don’t think about it.

    And they get sicker and more uncomfortable. So maybe it’s worth reading more… Continue reading

  13. How A Hyperextension Exercise Could End Your Back Pain Today

    exercise hyperextensionWhen you hear the word “hyperextension” you could be forgiven for immediately thinking something very bad – and very painful – has happened.

    But hyperextension exercises are the exact opposite. They are healthy, good for you, and may ease your back pain, rather than cause back pain.

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  14. Wintergreen Oil Uses To Boost Your Heath

    uses wintergreen oilYou’ve heard about menthol as a pain reliever. And capsaicin.

    But have you heard about the way wintergreen can relieve and soothe your pain, and improve your health?

    If not, you should know about them – because wintergreen oil uses go so much further than just flavoring your gum!

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  15. Treating Tennis Elbow in 20 Minutes or Less

    Tennis elbow treatingThere’s a sharp pain, a quick gasp, and next thing you know, a friend, a neighbor, or a coworker is telling you how you should be treating tennis elbow.

    But you don’t even play tennis!

    We sympathize with your pain and understand your confusion. After all, if you never pick up a tennis racket – or haven’t in years – how can you have tennis elbow.

    Let us explain… Continue reading

  16. 8 Quick Tips for Ankle Pain Treatment

    treatment ankle painIf it’s a dull ache or a sharp pain, ankle pain requires treatment.

    Because let’s be honest, you’re not going anywhere on ankles that hurt.

    Your fingers, shoulders, even you neck, as painful as they can be… If you have to, you can make it through your day.

    But unless your day consists of sitting in one place and not moving for any reason, when it’s your ankles that hurt, ankle pain treatment is a necessity.

    The key, though, is to make sure your ankle pain treatment matches what’s wrong with your ankle… Continue reading

  17. 8 Tips to Ease Your Achy Neck For Good

    neck achyMaybe you feel your achy neck first thing in the mornings. Or after sitting for too long. Or at the end of a long day.

    Whenever your achy neck starts bothering you, it’s time to manage it, and manage it for good!

    The key, though, is to make sure you don’t make your achy neck worse. There are two steps to easing neck aches properly: knowing what’s causing the problem, and taking the right steps to treat it. Continue reading

  18. 10 Natural Ways to Help With Jaw Pain Relief

    relief jaw painWhen you think of joint pain, most people think of knees…fingers…maybe hips.

    But the pain you’re feeling in your jaw is joint pain, too!

    And jaw pain relief is just as important as any other kind of joint pain relief. Continue reading

  19. Arthritis and Diet: The Foods That Are Making Your Arthritis Worse

    diet and arthritisYou know that arthritis and diet are linked. You know that there are foods like beets, avocado, and even green tea that can help with joint discomfort.

    But did you know that diet and arthritis are linked by what you shouldn’t eat, as well?

    Because what you leave off your plate can be as important to maintaining joint health as what you put on your plate.

    So check your diet and make sure you’re not eating too much of these ten foods that are making your arthritis worse…

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  20. What Physical Pain Does to Your Body

    pain physical No one wants to live with physical pain, let’s be honest.

    At the same time, though, people tend to think of pain as something you should just deal with….adults shouldn’t be crybabies…everybody hurts a little as they get older…

    But those attitudes are as much a problem as your physical pain!

    You should not “just deal with” physical pain. In fact, doing so can actually be unhealthy for you.

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