SALONPAS. For those who suffer from muscle pain or arthritis, they can be used as a pill-free alternative to pain relief.
I try to avoid popping ibuprofen if I can, and I hadn't heard of these before, so I was curious. The patches are FDA approved, and non prescription, the active ingredients are menthol, and methyl salicylate, a NSAID.
The first time I tried them was after I did something to my hip, while I was getting Eliza out of her booster seat, after a morning of Christmas shopping. I probably strained the muscle a bit, so I figured it was a good time to try the patches. The patch itself was soft and a bit stretchy, and I could smell the menthol. I didn't say anything to Mike or the kids about having it on. They're the first ones to say that they smell something, but they kept quiet, so I was in the clear. The main benefit of the patches, is that the active ingredients go right into the site of pain, and are time released, so you can keep it on for 8 - 12 hours. I probably had it on for seven. The next day when I woke up, my hip felt fine, and it stayed fine which made me happy. Because I still had shopping to do. I can see myself using these for muscle pain when I start upping my running mileage again.
As you can see from the above photo, SALONPAS is giving away a sample package of the pain relief patches, along with a pedometer, water bottle and towel. Giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. (I hate excluding Canada, but it's an FDA thing).
To enter, please check out their website here, and tell me something you learned about the patches by leaving me a comment. That's it : )
Giveaway ends at midnight EST on Tuesday January 25.
*Note, I was given a sample of SALONPAS for the purpose of this review. My opinions on the product are my own.