There is a running joke in the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding related to the dad's intense love and affection for Windex as a cure-all for whatever ails you. He applies it liberally on pretty much everything (including people), given the opportunity. The Holistic Science Co.'s Muscle Spray is *my* Windex. It's a fix for pretty much all aches, pains, and ailments. Stuffed nose? Pat a little on the top of your lip and inhale. Earache? Dip a Q-Tip in there and have at. Sore neck? Spray liberally. Tension headache? Rub on the temples. Maybe these are off-brand uses, who can say? But this product is the tits.
Cooling Muscle Spray with Arnica+MSM, 4oz
This cooling, analgesic muscle spray is formulated with organic Arnica extract and MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) to provide maximum relief of muscle aches, joint pain, arthritis, cramps, bruising, swelling, etc. Natural Menthol, Camphor, Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel and pure essential oils produce an intense and lasting cooling sensation to counteract pain and improve circulation. Arnica helps the healing of bruises and sprains, while MSM helps to reduce inflammation and detoxify the muscles for faster recovery. Contains added Magnesium to loosen tight muscles, prevent cramping and reduce build-up of lactic acid. Fast acting, no medicinal smell, non-greasy and won't stain clothing. Great to use at home, at the office, after a workout or on the go. 100% Vegan, preservative-free and cruelty-free.
*One of the most common uses of arnica is the treatment of wounds, bruises, sunburn, and other forms of skin irritation or inflammation. In this case, this arnica-based liquid spray is topically applied to promote healing and soothing of the skin. Arnica is also touted as a means of relieving muscle soreness and sprain-related pain. Other research suggests that arnica may be useful in treating the following health problems: arthritis, backache, muscle-soreness, carpal tunnel syndrome, post-surgery swelling, post-surgery pain and fibromyalgia.
*MSM (Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane) is an organic form of sulfur, fundamental to the development of proteins in all living creatures. Perhaps the most remarkable discovery regarding MSM is that it is an effective pain killer. MSM works for many types of chronic pain. In March 1999, Stanley W. Jacob, M.D., and Ronald M. Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D., published “The Miracle of MSM: The Natural Solution for Pain”. Their book was based on their experience as medical doctors and MSM researchers. Dr. Jacob is the head of the DMSO Pain Clinic in Portland, OR, and a Professor at the Oregon Health Sciences University, and Dr. Lawrence was the founder of the International Association for the Study of Pain and the American Association for the Study of Headaches. Combined, they have over 20 years of experience with fighting pain with MSM. They concluded that of more than 18,000 patients that suffered from chronic pain, about 70% experienced benefits from the use of MSM, finding that pain either diminished or disappeared altogether.
The types of pain which have been treated successfully with MSM include:
- Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Lower back pains
- Headaches, migraines
- Muscle aches
- Tennis elbows and other sports injuries
- Carpal Syndrome
- RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury)
- Scars due to burns, operations, accidents, etc.
The way MSM impacts pain is currently explained by the following mechanisms:
- MSM is a natural analgesic: it blocks the transfer of pain impulses through nerve fibers (C-fibers).
- MSM blocks inflammations and inflammatory processes. MSM enhances the activity of cortisol, a natural anti-inflammatory hormone produced by the body.
- MSM improves the permeability of cell membranes. This improves the uptake of nutrients and many vitamins and the elimination of waste products and excess cellular fluids.
- MSM dilates blood vessels, enhancing the blood circulation. This, too, helps to eliminate waste products from the body, which speeds up healing.
- MSM is a muscle relaxant. This is an important and often overlooked benefit of MSM. Many chronic pains are aggravated by chronic muscle tension in the body.
- MSM aids the natural defense mechanisms in the body by regulating the prostaglandin metabolism, and regulates the formation of antibodies and immune complexes.
Using Heat and Cold to Reduce Pain
Both heat and cold can help reduce pain. However, it can be confusing to decide which is more appropriate at any given time. These basic rules may help:
Use cold for acute pain or a new swollen/inflamed injury (Cooling Muscle Spray).
Use heat for chronic pain or an injury that is a day or more old (Warming Muscle Rub).
Ultimately, you need to choose what works best for you. If cold feels unpleasant, then heat may provide more comfort. However, it is important to take the type of injury into account. Different types of injury need different treatments to heal properly. Ice and heat are not substitutes for medical evaluation and treatment.
I have used most, if not all, over-the-counter muscle pain relief products and this one out performs them all in immediacy of relief, longevity and recovery - an excellent product.
Great product, really helps with the arthritis in my wrists.
I purchased this product after trying a friends. I had been having some major burning (possibly bursitis) on the back of my elbow joint and after receiving some body work this spray really helped cool down my inflammation. A wonderful product I would recommend for almost anyone.
What an outstanding spray! I never thought it would work so well. Just apply a little bit of the spray on any inflamed or sore muscle and it works miracles. Also it lasts pretty long! I have terrible lower back pain sometimes and this spray is fantastic for it! I will take it anywhere. Can only recommend! :)
It works great on my husband's back and his Achilles tendon area where he had surgery three years go. It relieved his pain within 15 minutes. He says it's the "best stuff I've ever used".
I buy this for my grandmother and she absolutely loves it! I used it for a sore back after I moved and it worked great!