Wellbeing Wednesday: super solutions for aching muscles

Posted on October 27, 2010


There’s nothing worse than having aching muscles, sore legs, bad backs or a tight neck. And usually, if you exercise a lot (or have a handbag that weighs more than a small child, like me) this will happen quite a lot.

Now obviously I’m not saying lugging a heavy handbag around is ok, nor is exercising badly so that you end up doing more harm than good. Clearly, get some proper help if you have serious aches and pains that you can’t manage. But it if you just find yourself occasionally feeling tighter, or stiffer than you normally do, there’s a couple of really great products out there than can help loosen you up.

I swear by:

Napiers Massage Oil: A rich oil and one of very few treatments that deals properly with joints, rather than muscles. Used it on the boyfriend’s knee the other day and have found it works really well on my clicking shoulder. Massage it in for about 10-15 minutes and then relax. Repeat twice a day for two days. £8.50, 100ml

Aromatherapy Associates De-stress Muscle Gel: this stuff is very potent. It has a strong, rich smell and is a thick powerful gel. I often put it on before bedtime, rubbing around my neck and the tops of my shoulders; I always feel lighter and more supple in the morning. And it smells a hell of a lot better than deep heat. £18.75, 150ml.

Therma Care Heatwraps, Back: This is a fab product, and I reckon it’s an essential to have in your medicine cabinet. A wraparound heat pad for sore backs, it requires little more effort than opening the packet and wrapping it around your waist. Then you simple sit back and wait for it to heat up. Takes about 30 minutes to reach maxiumum heat, but stays hot for at least four hours and you can really feel it penentrating into the muscles and loosening the joints. It’s so discreet, and it stays on well, so you can walk around the house with it, (even head to the pub, like I did briefly, oops). £5.97, 2 packs.

Elemis Aching Muscle Super Soak: This is some serious stuff, but so far I reckon it’s the best for a soak in the bath if you’ve got sore muscles. Elemis recommend it as a must for sports fans and they’re right. It smells very strong, and is a rich green in colour, and the potentcy stays througout a long bath. It’s also good for swelling, and even period pain. £32, 400ml

Antistax Cooling Leg Gel: this is clever stuff, and was kindly promoted to me as a musthave for Christmas, helping your legs deal with tiredness after as too much powering up and down Oxford Street. And they’re right. It soaks into your legs and after  brief sit down my heavy, aching legs felt rejuvenated, and lighter.  £4.49, 125ml