By Jana Taylor
You may have used Muscle Ice® or Arnica Plus® for muscle aches and pains, but have you tried using them together? It’s true that both products can be used to ease muscle pain, but they work in complementary ways that are worth noting.
Muscle Ice works rapidly to provide a quick feeling of relief. This is due in part to the 4% natural menthol that is part of the formula, which produces a cooling sensation by triggering cold-sensitive TRPM8 receptors in the skin. Menthol also has local anesthetic and counterirritant qualities that aid in soothing sore muscles quickly. The menthol in our Muscle Ice is sourced from natural organic compounds, not synthetic sources. We think a cleaner formula makes a better product.
Arnica Plus is also made with natural ingredients to work gently, delivering more long-term relief and support when used regularly. “Arnica is the most renowned trauma remedy, and is without equal as the primary remedy for injury of any kind whatsoever,” says Asa Hershoff, ND, DC, in the book Homeopathy for Musculoskeletal Healing. It’s no wonder that athletes have come to rely on products with arnica as a safe way to aid the healing process.
I personally like to use Arnica Plus before working out, as a way to stem potential discomfort before it starts. Then post work-out if I have overdone it, I follow up with Muscle Ice, then later in the day and before bed, reapply Arnica Plus. Both formulas are non-greasy, and are free of chemical additives that could be potentially harmful.
Jana Taylor is a staff writer for Peaceful Mountain.