No matter who you are, how active you are, or how old you are, you are bound to experience aches and pains from time to time. Aches and pains can be mild, severe, acute, shooting, or throbbing, and everyone experiences pain a little bit differently.
However, the same medication ingredients have proven to be effective in relieving pain caused by many different things in various regions of the body. Let’s look at how these ingredients can help you overcome the various aches and pains you suffer from and how over-the-counter solutions can help.
Common Aches and Pains
Some regions of the body are more prone to aches and pains than others. Yet pain comes in many forms and feels differently from one body part to the next.
Lower back pain is one of the most common types of pain and affects around 36 million Americans. This type of pain often occurs after heavy lifting and due to arthritis. The knees are also prone to pain due to arthritis, being overweight, and as a result of intense and prolonged physical activity over time. Joint pain and inflammation is often caused by overuse, osteoarthritis, and the autoimmune disease known as rheumatoid arthritis.
A great deal of pain can be attributed to sports injuries and arthritis, but there are other types of pain too. Toothaches are a good example of pain that feels much differently than it does elsewhere in the body. One of the most common types of headache is the tension headache, which is often caused by a tightening in the muscles of your neck and head due to stress. Other causes of pain include fibromyalgia, infections, autoimmune disorders, hypokalemia, thyroid problems, and side effects from certain medications.
Acetaminophen for Pain
One of the best sources of pain relief that you can obtain without a prescription is acetaminophen. Acetaminophen inhibits the synthesis of chemical messengers that transmit pain signals within the body. By blocking these signals that your body produces, after an injury or illness, you feel less pain.
This commonly used pain medication is generally safe when used as directed and can ease mild to moderate pain, as well as fevers. Unlike some other pain relievers, acetaminophen doesn’t cause an upset stomach or heart problems in most users.
Aspirin for Pain
Aspirin is another highly effective pain reliever that is commonly recommended for aches and pains, such as headaches, toothaches, and menstrual cramps.
When you suffer from an injury, stress trigger, or chronic condition, your body’s cells react and generate substances that cause aches and pains. When you take aspirin, it travels through the body to the pain site to inhibit the enzyme that produces pain sensations and blocks nerve signaling to the brain.
Caffeine for Pain
Studies have shown that a small amount of caffeine fights pain more effectively than just a painkiller alone. Caffeine may help painkillers enter the bloodstream quicker, slow down their clearance from the blood, and exert a mood-boosting effect. Caffeine has been tested with a variety of pain conditions, including back pain, postpartum pain, and headaches.
A low dose of caffeine helps increase the speed and effectiveness of acetaminophen and aspirin, which is why we put a small amount into Vanquish. The amount of caffeine needed to boost these two ingredients isn’t enough to make most people jittery, but it is enough to deliver fast relief where you need it most.
How to Prevent Aches and Pains
Some aches and pains are unavoidable, but there are things you can do every day to keep your body healthy, active, and pain-free.
- Stretch before and after exercise
- Get up and move around at least once per hour during the day
- Reduce stress and anxiety as much as possible
- Practice deep breathing exercises and meditate
- Eat a balanced diet with vitamins and minerals
Over-the-Counter Solutions for Aches and Pains
Acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeine are all available over the counter and are powerful ingredients in any pain relief medication. Vanquish combines all three of these active ingredients to reduce pain associated with muscle aches and pains, as well as headache, arthritis, backache, colds, and menstrual cramps too. Each caplet also contains 20 milligrams of magnesium, which aids muscular health and pain relief. Most common aches and pains will go away on their own in a short amount of time, and Vanquish is available over-the-counter for purchase online and at convenient retail stores.
Topical gels with menthol and camphor may also help temporarily relieve targeted pain that is centralized in one location. Taking a soothing bath with Epsom salt may help as well. Make sure to eat plenty of foods high in magnesium to support muscle health, including bananas, soy, whole grains, and avocados. Other pain relief strategies, that don’t require invasive treatment or prescription medication, include massage, yoga, reflexology, and acupuncture.