For many people, summer's a time of excess - too much gardening, too many hours on the golf course or tennis court, hikes that are too strenuous and long. There's often a price to pay for all that fun in the sun: an aching back.
One way to relieve aches and pains is with a pain relief patch, like the Absorbine Jr. Patch. Over-the-counter pain relieving patches are available in pharmacies and supermarkets and have a soft, flexible backing that adheres to the skin and is easy to remove.
But the best cure for summer aches and pains may be prevention. Here are some tips for enjoying a pain-free summer:
* Warm up the muscles you'll be using before starting any physical activity. Stretch the muscles in your back, upper legs, shoulders and wrists. Also, remember to stretch after exercise.
* Start on the right foot. Choose the correct shoes for your activity and make sure they fit properly. When walking or hiking, avoid styles that limit the foot's ability to move freely and naturally.
* Choose the proper equipment for your needs. It should fit correctly and be the appropriate size for your skill level. Depending on the sport or activity, factors to consider may be your age, weight and physical strength.
* Incorporate physical activity into your schedule every day. If you are active on a regular basis, you will be less likely to suffer from the aches and pains that plague "weekend warriors."
* Use a topical pain reliever. After a grueling day, rubbing a product like Absorbine Jr. liquid into aching muscles will lessen your pain the next morning. Made from botanical extracts like calendula, echinacea, wormwood and menthol, it comes with a hands-free massage applicator.
For back pain, the Absorbine Jr. Pain Relief Patch contains soothing menthol, camphor and eucalyptus oil. Its penetrating heat relieves back spasms and deep-seated muscle aches, providing up to eight hours of pain relief.