Muscle and joint pain can occur anytime throughout the year, but in the cold and wet months of the winter you may find it harder to cope with.
As we get older it is natural for us to begin to experience general aches, pains and stiffness in the joints and lower back. These symptoms are rarely due to a serious underlying cause and are often worse in the cold winter months.
Generalised aches and pains should usually begin to improve within three to four days and should last no more than six weeks. If the pain worsens over time or recurs regularly for longer than six weeks you should contact your GP.
■ Keep moving – remain as active as possible, even if you’re uncomfortable. It won’t cause you any harm but it could help you to get better more quickly
■ Heat and cold – a hot bath or hot water bottle can ease the pain of tense muscles while cold from an ice pack or a bag of frozen peas (wrap in a dry cloth and apply to the painful area) can help to relieve the discomfort
■ Painkillers – painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen will be effective in most cases. ‘Rub-on’ (topical) treatments may also help
■ Natural Pain Relief – the herb, Devil’s Claw, found in FlexiHerb, is traditionally used for the relief of backache, rheumatic or muscular pain and general aches and pains in the muscles and joints. FlexiHerb can be taken as an alternative to or in conjunction with prescribed and over-the-counter painkillers. For maximum benefit one or two FlexiHerb tablets should be taken daily for four to six weeks. For more information and special prices visit http://www.flexiherb.co.uk. Always read the label.
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