How Topical Analgesics Really Work

There is nothing new about the use of menthol as a topical analgesic.1 The skin contains a dense neural network embedded in the dermal-epidermal junction. Fibrous strands from these deep nerves project outward to the skin’s surface. Stimuli to the cutaneous region is perceived by these nerves, which can result in pain signaling or the initiation of the inflammatory cascade. …

Pain Specialists Awareness of Topical Analgesics and Their Use in Pain Control

Joseph V. Pergolizzi1,2*, Robert B. Raffa3, Robert Taylor4, Charles Fleischer4, Gianpietro Zampogna4, Lynn Nopper5, Frank DiLorenzo5, Clay M. Duval4, Alana N. Edun4, Jasmine Salamara5 1Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA 2Department of Pharmacology, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA 3Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Temple University School of Pharmacy, Philadelphia, PA, USA 4NEMA …

The Science of Pain

The science of pain and analgesics

Understanding pain starts with understanding its relationship with the brain. Pain stems from the brain. Scientists now know that pain doesn’t originate from bodily tissues, as we once thought. It only exists if the brain interprets signals from the body as “painful.” Everyone experiences pain differently. Some people will feel more pain than others during a similar experience. External factors can influence …

Dr Phil Page

Dr. Phil Page

PhD, PT, ATC, CSCS, FACSM, Director of Clinical Education and Research at the Thera-Band Academy.

Topical Analgesics

Topical Analgesics: Your Secret Weapon Against Pain

Topical Analgesics, including those containing Menthol, Capsaicin, Camphor and other healthy natural ingredients have been used by health and fitness professionals for years as a tool for helping patients get quick, lasting relief from musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain. Some of these indications include: Sprains and strains DOMS (Delayed onset muscle soreness) from strenuous work or workouts Nerve pain Aches and …

Dr John Pecora Chiropractor

Dr. John Pecora

Doctor of Chiropractic, MeyerDC Vice President, Managing Editor, Communities and Education