Who doesn’t have a Sore Point?! Exercising, playing sports, sitting at a desk or in a car, or plane for long periods of time stresses our shoulders, joints and even our heads. Since I do all of the above—a LOT, when I was asked to try a topical analgesic pain relieving muscle and joint gel named SorePoint, I was game.
Since it came in a roll-on, (though it also comes in a spray) it was easy to use without getting crème on my fingers and hands—Check 1. Having tried every other ointment on the market that all smell like menthol, I was delighted with the light herbal scent of SorePoint, which dissipates after a minute. Check 2. It is light, non-greasy and seems to evaporate so I wasn’t worried about it getting on or staining my clothes. Check 3. Curiously, after rolling it over my neck and shoulders—and even on my low back—all locations of tightness and achiness, I felt a sense of relaxation. The tension seemed to fade. CHECK THIS OUT!
So then I did my homework. Dr. Tara O’Brien-Adkins who developed SorePoint under the brand of Toba Remedies, notes that in addition to muscle strains, SorePoint also works on headaches. For the same reason that it relieves sports or repetitive muscle strain, when applied to the forehead, neck or scalp, SorePoint can alleviate tension in those muscles as well.
According to SorePoint, here’s why—the essential oils and herbal ingredients are blended in a base of Shea Butter, which has been shown in some studies to be anti-inflammatory. Also included is this combination of herbal oils that give SorePoint its light, transient fragrance:
- Rosemary Oil – known as an analgesic, used to treat arthritis
- Bergamot Oil – known to increase some hormones that desensitize painful nerves
- Eucalyptus Oil – analgesic/anti-inflammatory properties help muscular and nerve pain
- Peppermint Oil – gives a cooling, calming sensation
- Arnica Oil – an anti-inflammatory, used to relieve pain from bruises, aches and arthritis
- White Camphor – a known local anesthesia (some use on infants gums when teething)
- Sweet Basil – an anti-inflammatory used for arthritis
- Ginger – anti-inflammatory qualities used for centuries.
The causes of tension—muscle contraction—can come from many sources including eyestrain, fatigue, excess caffeine, infections or overuse. Regardless of the cause, rather than taking medications that can have adverse side effects over time, a topical remedy makes sense for temporary relief. If you are injured or are in extreme pain, go to a doctor to get a diagnosis and treatment. But if you suffer from life’s daily stresses, aches and pains, I suggest trying SorePoint to ease out the rough edges and provide some relief to aggravated muscles.
Now, if I could only roll this SorePoint over some aggravating people…