How to rub back to relieve pain?
Rub Back: If you have a back pain at home, ask a partner or close friend to massage the aching area for you. If you want to use a cream or ointment sold as a back rub, then do so , but with care – these typical creams tend to cause skin irritation after a few applications.
For a simple back massage aid, stuff several tennis balls into a long sock, tie the open end of the sock and ask someone to roll up and down your back.
Rub back on an old-fashioned liniment
You can choose a cream containing methyl, diethylamine or glycol salicylate. All are similar and have pain relieving properties. Examples include Mersal and Deep Heat. (Caution: Do not use a liniment if you are also using heating pads or hot compresses on the area.)
The creams, known as counter-irritants, stimulate nerve endings in the skin, distracting you from deeper pain. When you are using these creams, you are also giving yourself a massage – and the hands on pressure combined with the surface actions provides a double benefit.
Or try a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory gel such as Voltaren Emulgel or Feldene gel, These typical treatments penetrate the skin to reduce inflammation in the deeper tissues.
Prevent stiffness with peppermint oil when rub back
Massaging a sore back with this blends helps stimulate blood circulation and speed healing. Combine ten drops of peppermint essential oil (peppermint essential oil is derived from the peppermint plant) with 30 ml almond oil in a dark glass bottle. Shake well before applying , then use a little to rub into the affected area twice a day.
Your doctor may prescribe a cream to you that contain capsaicin – the heat producing substance in hot chillies. Applied to your skin, capsaicin depletes nerve endings of a neurochemical called substance P, which researchers have found is essential for transmitting pain sensations to the brain.
When there is less substance P in circulation, pain is reduced. It may take several weeks to feel the full effect. Stop using it if you begin to feel any skin irritation.