Best 'Rub' to relieve Joint/Tendon/Muscle Pain?

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    There was a very recent thread on the use of a TENS unit for pain management:

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?p=8225713
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?p=549101

    Is Tiger Balm Ultra and different than Tiger Balm Red? I use the latter for headaches but have found it only marginally helpful for muscle and joint pain. These types of products do not really penetrate. They "relieve" pain by acting as a counter-irritant. If you want your ointment to penetrate deeper into the tissue and get into the blood stream, you might try it in conjunction with DMSO.

    Stay away from DMSO products sold in hardware stores. These contain impurities which can be driven into the skin and into the bloodstream by the action of the DMSO itself. DMSO can also be used by itself to relieve pain. I believe that it is converted to MSM in the body (but penetrates skin & tissue much better than MSM itself). You might find that some areas of skin on your body might be a bit sensitive to DMSO. I find that using a vitamin E cream on those areas prior to application of DMSO, seems to help prevent skin irritation.

    Some products use Emu oil to improve skin/tissue penetration. Other products use other transdermal delivery systems. These may or may not be as effective as DMSO.

    I have found that Arnica gel and BioFreeze (or similar gels) are often quite good for pain relief.

    For knee pain due to arthritis, I find that warming up the knees using a bicycle or exercise bike for 15-20 mins works a whole lot better than any creams, gels or ointments.

    Ice and heat also work quite well for pain relief. I will use ice (for 20-30 mins) after exercise and at other times of the day. However, just prior to tennis or other exercise, I will use a heating pad to warm up sore muscles or joints. Of course, if the pain is something more than a dull ache, it might be best to avoid exercise completely.
     
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    I like Cryoderm. I keep one in my bag.
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    Great rub from Corky's in Memphis.
     
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    Icy Hot roll on. Least messy.
     
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    Thanks for all the input ( well, at least most of it---don't live near Memphis :) ).

    I bought some Blue-Emu ( http://www.amazon.com/Nfi-Consumer-...=UTF8&qid=1396888629&sr=8-1&keywords=blue+emu ) last night. I chose it over some other choices because it 'claims' to work as an 'anti-inflammatory' as well as a pain reliever. Also contains glucosamine and MSM, although I doubt the concentration is high enough to have any kind of affect.

    So I put it on last night...knew it wasn't going to work because it didn't give me that warm and icy (how is warm and icy possible?) feeling like my Tiger Balm Ultra does. About 20 minutes later I got up and my knee was actually feeling fantastic...no pain, no popping, no tenderness - just the first time I tried it so I'll hold my true judgement on the product for a couple weeks. Applied some more after my shower this morning and the knee is still feeling good. The best thing about it is that there is absolutely no smell so I don't have my family trying to avoid me like the plague and I have no problem wearing it to work.

    It states use it two or three times per day for two weeks and then needed after that so I'll give it a shot.

    Again, thanks for all the help.

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    ^ Emu oil supposedly has the ability to penetrate tissue and assist other ingredients to penetrate as well. I believe that it has this property but not sure if it as effective as DMSO in this respect -- perhaps it does.

    Some Whole Foods stores have indicated that they did not carry emu oil -- it could possibly be due because of the way that it is harvested. Do not know for certain.
     
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    been using Blue Emu for years on hands, wrists elbows and knees. It's no miracle cream but seems to help some. Where's that damn Fountain of Youth anyway?
     
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    Last I heard it was in FL... :)
     
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    Hammer Balm. All natural. Not "icy," just warm. Smells like cloves. Works great. Used it as a cyclist and now use it for general soreness.
     
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