be at­ing back pain

Essentials (South Africa) - - HEALTH | FAST FIXES -

Choos­ing the right pain relief can be key to get­ting back on track sooner. Find out which over-the- counter rem­edy is right for you.

✱ JOINT PAIN

Try Wel­lvita Tumeric Cur­cumin cap­sules ( R107; wel­lvita.co.za). Cur­cumin has been shown to help re­duce in­flam­ma­tion and aid

joint health.

✱ SHORT-TERM SPRAIN S

AND STRAIN S For more tar­geted ac­tion try Deep Relief Ibupro­fen Gel ( R72,99, Clicks).

✱ MUS­CU­LAR PAIN , BACK

PAIN and RHEUMATI SM Keep car­ti­lage strong and re­duce pain with Os­teoEze Acute In­jury Relief tablets ( R121, Clicks).

And try these sim­ple re me­dies too:

✱ HEAT AND IC E Hot or cold com­pres­sion packs can help re­duce swelling and numb pain. A bag of frozen veg or a hot water bot­tle works, too. Don’t leave cold com­presses on for more than 20 min­utes and never put ice di­rectly on your skin.

✱ AC UPUNCT URE By stim­u­lat­ing dif­fer­ent pressure points on the body, acupunc­ture can pro­vide ‘long-term pain relief, re­duce in­flam­ma­tion and im­prove mus­cle stiff­ness,’ says acupunc­tur­ist Mau­reen Cromey.

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