FAQs2020-11-03T16:16:06-05:00

FAQs

What is muscle pain?2020-10-13T10:43:36-04:00

Muscle pain is a very common and often unpleasant experience of discomfort that you feel in your muscles. An extended period of worsening muscle pain is called myofascial pain syndrome. Most pain acts as a warning signal that something is wrong with the body and is very important as a protective mechanism to ensure you don’t further harm your muscles when they are damaged. With so much muscle tissue in the body, it is inevitable that we will all experience muscle pain at some time.

Your pain is probably the result of a small area of your muscle becoming tight or damaged from injury or overuse and is now tender. This small area of tender muscle is called a Trigger Point. A Trigger Point is the part of the muscle that introduces pain into the muscle group.

Trigger points can form anywhere in the body after an injury or if muscles brace against pain or trauma for a long period. They also can result from chronic overuse of muscles due to stress or to poor posture that puts constant pressure on muscles not designed to withstand it. Acute muscle pain can become chronic through failure to resolve the acute problem promptly.

How did I get muscle pain?2020-10-13T10:44:01-04:00

Muscle pain is usually caused by some sort of injury, strain, pull or repetitive stress to a part of the body controlled by your muscles. Along with tendons and ligaments, muscle pain is among the most common type of soft tissue pain most people experience. Your muscles are formed into functional groups that are used to stabilize your body and help you move, like walking and climbing. When a muscle is damaged or strained other muscles around it try to compensate for the injury by taking on more work and often leading to more muscle pain. Muscle pain can be tricky and often feel as though it is somewhere other than the actual injury, what is called referred pain.

What is REVLEX® Muscle Pain Relief ?2020-10-12T11:41:38-04:00

REVLEX® is a topical Roll-On formulation for the relief of pain that is muscular in origin.

How does REVLEX® Muscle pain work?2020-10-15T23:23:46-04:00

REVLEX® Muscle Pain Relief is specially formulated to help deliver the necessary ingredients, Magnesium and Histamine to the affected muscles. For a muscle to function, there are 2 necessary ingredients: Calcium to initiate and sustain contraction and Magnesium to initiate and maintain relaxation.

Magnesium exerts more than one function;

  • Allows the muscle to relax. When applied to the area, REVLEX® is provides the magnesium needed to competitively inhibit the action of Calcium thus causing the muscle to relax.
  • Inhabits the pain signals by blocking the peripheral NMDA receptors. Activated NMDA receptors are responsible for transmitting the pain signal to the central nervous system.
  • Blocks the contraction signals from the nerve motor end plate, a main contributor in occurrence of muscle spasms.
  • Increases blood supply to the area by blocking the vascular calcium channels.

Histamine has a direct vasodilating effect on blood vessels, that combined with Magnesium, as in the  REVLEX® Muscle Pain Relief formulation, provide pain relief.

Is Muscle pain similar to Epsom salt?2020-10-06T16:11:44-04:00

Although Epsom salt (magnesium bath salt) also uses magnesium to relax muscles and elevate pain, that is where the similarities end. With Epsom salt bath, skin hydration and osmotic pressure are the driving forces to get magnesium to penetrate the skin, REVLEX® Muscle Pain Relief uses a patented delivery system to deliver the magnesium more efficiently and effectively… without the need to get wet!

How to use REVLEX® Muscle Pain Relief?2020-10-12T11:48:46-04:00

REVLEX® should be applied topically on the affected area 2-4 times daily to maximize relief. It is important not to only apply REVLEX® to the painful area only. Muscle pain is often a referred pain and may not be where the pain is originating from. That is why it is important to apply treatment on areas that you may not feel pain. Please click here to see the REVLEX® Muscle Relief applications zones. The application zones map is included in each box of REVLEX® Muscle Pain Relief.

What should I expect from Revlex Muscle Pain Relief?2020-10-06T16:14:54-04:00

When you are pain free with full range of motion restored, the treatment was successful.

Be aware, that in some cases the muscle pain can come back.  The good news is if you’ve experienced pain relief for some hours or days, you can be assured that  your pain is from a muscular cause and that it can be relieved, at least temporarily.

If repeated treatment is required, then there are unresolved perpetuating factors causing you to experience pain.  Focusing on identifying and eliminating the perpetuating factors is recommended.

Pain location can shift. Sometimes the shift is very slight, and it may seem it’s the same muscle that is causing the issue. It is always helpful to have an initial drawing of where your pain is and compare it periodically to notice if a shift in its location has occurred. Please click here to access the REVLEX® Muscle Pain Relief application zones to ensure that you are applying treatment correctly.

When can I expect to feel a difference?2020-10-06T16:17:21-04:00

Successful treatment result is dependent on how long you have had to live with the muscular pain you are trying to treat. The longer you have had the pain, the longer it will take you to see the effects of REVLEX® treatment. If your pain started less than a week ago, you may be able to see results in 2-3 days.

What is unique about REVLEX® Muscle Pain Relief?2020-10-06T16:17:43-04:00

REVLEX® relaxes the muscle without the central side effect of other systemic muscle relaxants. It’s roll on applicator makes it easy to apply on your skin and it does not contain the strong smell of other topical rubefacient. It’s odourless!

Are all causes of muscle pain the same?2020-10-05T16:16:08-04:00

No, there are a few common causes of muscle pain and aches. The cause of most muscle pain is the result of strain from a stressful activity applying too much tension on a muscle group; a muscle injury received from over extending the muscle group during physical activity; repetitive action results in overuse of the muscle causing pain.

Common causes of muscle pain where REVLEX® can help:

  • Strain or stress
  • Falls and accidents
  • Sudden movements (e.g. whiplash injuries)
  • Muscle strain from poor posture (e.g. slouching)
  • Remaining in the same position for extended periods (e.g. sedentary position at work)
  • High demand motor tasks (e.g. exercising, gardening, computer or texting tasks)
What else can I do to relieve my pain?2020-10-05T16:11:48-04:00

There are simple changes in your life that can make a significant impact on helping with muscle pain such as:

  • Be mindful of your basic body posture
  • Be gentle on your muscles. Use them but don’t abuse them! No pain means no gain isn’t always true… especially where your muscles are concerned. The challenge is to learn how to do what one needs and wants to do, in new ways that do not exceed the tolerance or stamina of the muscles.
  • Everything is connected…so it’s important to treat existing conditions that can affect your posture such as flat feet or a tilted pelvic.
  • Remember to stretch… daily! Tight muscles can often result in muscle pain and can cause it to get worst. A tight hamstring may tilt your pelvis and flatten the lumbar spine which can induce a head-forward posture, placing undue stress other muscles compensating to correct this posture.
  • Move! It’s been documented that immobility builds up muscle tension, so it’s important to keep moving!
  • Acute muscle pain syndromes can become chronic pain through failure to resolve the acute problem promptly.
Are there vitamins or supplements that can help with muscle pain?2020-10-05T16:13:50-04:00

The following vitamins and supplements can assist in the management of muscle pain.

  • Folate
  • Vit b12
  • Antioxidants
  • Pyridoxine vit b6
  • Vitamin c (important)
  • Iron
Can medical conditions cause muscle pain?2020-10-20T17:12:08-04:00

Yes, there are several medical conditions that can result in you suffering from muscle pain including:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Inflammation of muscular connective tissue (Myofascial pain syndrome)
  • Low potassium (Hypokalemia)
  • Thyroid problems (Hypothyroidism or
     Hyperthyroidism)
What Is Arthritis?2020-08-25T12:53:13-04:00

The term Arthritis is used to label more than 100 diseases that result in painful inflammation in the joints or other areas of the body. There are two main categories of arthritis (inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis that result in a chronic condition with no known cure.

Who Gets Arthritis?2020-08-25T13:10:22-04:00

Arthritis can affect every age group, gender and ethnic background. Your genetics, age and lifestyle can each play a role in increasing your risk of developing arthritis. Today, 20% of Canadians have arthritis.

How is osteoarthritis diagnosed?2020-08-25T16:36:15-04:00

To provide a diagnosis, your doctor will rely on your medical history, a physical examination, and a number of diagnostic tests such as blood tests and x-rays. If you’re concerned that you may have Arthritis, speaking to your doctor and getting an early diagnosis is critical to improving your treatment outcome.

Is there a cure for arthritis?2020-08-25T16:47:59-04:00

Not yet. There is no known cure for arthritis but there are things you can do. Getting an early diagnosis and starting on the right treatment plan is the first step in taking control of your arthritis and reducing or completely preventing damage to your joints and other tissues.

Is arthritis a health concern in Canada?2020-08-25T16:48:48-04:00

Arthritis is Canada’s most prevalent chronic health condition affecting 1 in 5 Canadians over the age of 15 (6 million Canadians).

Are men or women at greater risk of getting arthritis?2020-08-26T21:02:18-04:00

1 in 4 Canadian women and 1 in 6 Canadian men have arthritis. Women are more likely to have arthritis than men with nearly 60% of all people with arthritis being female.

Does lifestyle play a role in arthritis?2020-08-26T21:03:12-04:00

A substantial number of arthritis sufferers are identified as being overweight or obese and are relatively inactive physically; this adds further unneeded stress to their joints.

Will activity cause joint injury and damage?2020-08-26T21:03:48-04:00

No; stay active. Letting your joints stiffen up will lead to a loss of mobility, and encourage joint pain and possible damage. You need to maintain your joints’ range of motion (flexibility) with low-impact activities that use all of your joints in a wide range of motions. Talk to your doctor about a good exercise program for your arthritis condition, age, and physical capability.

Does my weight affect my arthritis pain?2020-08-26T21:04:14-04:00

Yes, weight can increase arthritis pain. It’s easier to stay active if you’re also a healthy weight. Being at a healthy body weight is a great way to provide relief to painful and inflamed joints. Every pound of extra weight provides greater stress to already compromised joints.

Does cold and heat help with arthritis pain and stiffness?2020-08-26T21:04:40-04:00

Yes, cold and heat can provide temporary pain and stiffness relief. Applying cold will help to reduce the joint swelling by slowing circulation in the area you’re cooling down. Reduced swelling helps regain motion in the joint while the cold numbs the area from pain. Applying heat to the area will increase your circulation and help with blood flow while providing a soothing remedy to pain.

Can I still use alcohol and tobacco with arthritis?2020-08-26T21:05:19-04:00

Smoking and drinking alcohol can both be causes of inflammation and pain related to your arthritis. Tobacco is full of toxins that can cause trauma to the connective tissues while even a seemingly moderate amount of alcohol consumption (1-2 drinks per day) can cause inflammation and increased joint pain from arthritis. Avoiding smoking and consuming alcohol is a recommended relief from additional arthritis pain.

How can I accomplish everyday tasks with arthritis?2020-08-26T21:05:49-04:00

Arthritis can be debilitating disease that is a constant barrier to doing simple everyday tasks that were once routine. Adopting devices designed to assist people with arthritis can aid greatly in regaining access to lost abilities. Tools such as scissors or knives have been redesigned to accommodate the effects of arthritis. Other devices for opening doors, fastening buttons, and every manner of necessity are available.

How do I cope with arthritis at work?2020-08-26T21:06:20-04:00

If your work involves heavy lifting, you should strongly consider the potential for additional pain and damage stemming from your arthritis. Plan your job around mitigation of your arthritis condition. Always consult with your medical health provider if you are concerned about the potential for workplace injury.

If your work is more sedentary or hands off, focus on creating a friendly work environment for your arthritis condition. Seating, posture, inactivity all play a large roll in your comfort. Incorporate your active life-style into your work environment to prevent sedentary behaviour from taking over.

What foods should people with arthritis avoid?2020-10-06T16:30:40-04:00

While arthritis doesn’t have a specific diet to follow, there are foods that should be avoided if you want to reduce your chances of arthritis inflammation and pain. Here are the top 10 foods to avoid if you have arthritis:

  1. Fried Food—You don’t want salt, you don’t want fat, you don’t want artificial preservatives, and you don’t want fried food if you have arthritis. Most people should avoid too much fried food but for people with arthritis, the extra weight fast food can add is more greatly felt by the painful inflammation your joints suffer from arthritis.

 

  1. Processed Sugars—If you like candy, most cereals, doughnuts, sugary drinks, and other food products stacked with sugar, too much of a good thing is a bad thing for most of us but especially if we have arthritis. Too much sugar can cause swelling as a response from our immune system. Processed sugar found in many of the foods, snacks and treats that we eat actually intensify arthritis symptoms.

 

  1. Dairy—Dairy products can be a problem for some arthritis sufferers. We think of milk and other dairy products as being good for our bones but studies have shown that proteins within dairy can cause tissue irritation in the joints of people with arthritis. There are alternatives to consider if dairy causes irritation in your joints. Turning to milk substitutes and plant-based food as a source for your calcium and protein, and always talking to your healthcare provider is a good start to living with arthritis.

 

  1. Alcohol—Even for the healthiest among us, alcohol can have a negative effect on our life. For arthritis sufferers, alcohol introduces a new level of problems. Uric acid, which is found in alcohol, can cause crystals to build-up in the joints causing pain an inflammation. Beyond the physical, alcohol can react negatively with the arthritis medication you may be taking, and can actual cause bleeding in your stomach. Other arthritis drugs intended for arthritis can increase the potential for liver damage when consumed with too much alcohol. Gout is a type of arthritis that strikes the fingers and toes, and has been linked to long-term alcohol consumption.

 

  1. Salt—Too much salt can cause the bloodstream to absorb additional water, beyond what is usual. The swelling of the bloodstream causes the expansion of blood vessels; which can cause increased inflammation in already painful joints. The problem of too much salt arises from arthritis medications that can cause us to retain more salt than usual. Foods like canned, frozen, and convenience foods all contain high levels of salt and should be avoided. A healthy low sodium diet is always best for arthritis sufferers and everyone else.

 

  1. Oils—There are good oils and then there are bad oils. Many good oils deliver essential acids and fats that can be helpful with arthritis. The harmful oils can cause pain and inflammation in the joints, and should be avoided. If you have arthritis, try to avoid oils high in saturated fat such as vegetable, corn, soy, and sunflower oil. These high in saturated fat oils can activate the production of chemicals that increase swelling and inflammation within the body. Use Omega-3 oils such as canola, flaxseed, and grape oil as a substitute.

 

  1. Refined Carbohydrates—To avoid increasing your overall inflammation and making your arthritis worse, consider reducing your consumption of refined carbohydrates like sliced bread. A high glycemic index in these foods causes the body to produce excess advanced glycation end products (AGE products). Refined carbohydrates have been considered to potentially be more responsible obesity and chronic health conditions than fatty foods. Products made with white flour contain refined carbohydrates including crackers, white bread, buns, and most of the baked goods we enjoy everyday.

 

  1. Pizza—Saturated fats found in pizza have been shown to increase the bodies inflammation levels; this can trigger or worsen an arthritis flare-up. Over four percent of a pizza can be made of saturated fat. If you have arthritis, it is recommended that you not get any more than ten percent of your daily calories from saturated fats.

 

  1. MSG—The debate about monosodium glutamate (MSG) is ongoing but there is evidence to suggest that highly processed MSG may have a negative effect on arthritis sufferers by causing greater inflammation in the joints. Where MSG is found naturally, in foods like tomatoes and mushrooms, are typically fine. Try to avoid foods where the MSG is added artificially such as frozen dinners and canned foods. To cut down on MSG, check the ingredients and always look for organic ingredients on the food you do buy. Buying fresh and cooking fresh instead of eating canned or packaged food is a great idea too.

Omega-6 fatty acids—Essential to a healthy diet, Omega-6 fatty acids need to be monitored and not cut out of your diet entirely. Necessary for normal cell and body growth, a balance between Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids is ideal for a healthy you; however, too much Omega-6 can cause inflammation in the joints of arthritis sufferers. Keep an eye on the foods that contain Omega-5 fatty acids such as salad dressings, mayonnaise, vegetable oil, peanut oil, soy-based oil, grape seed oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, and corn oil.

How much sleep should I get?2020-08-26T22:37:10-04:00

Not all people have the same sleep needs. We’re all different and our needs could be a result of our age, health, genetics or other factor. Typically, most of us need between 6 to 9 hours of sleep every night to feel well rested and alert the next day. If you wake up feeling groggy or drowsy in the morning, you’re probably not getting enough sleep.

How long does falling asleep take?2020-09-17T11:09:06-04:00

It can take between 10-20 minutes for most people to fall asleep on a normal night. If you’re having trouble falling asleep and find yourself lying in bed waiting for it to come, you may just need to do something relaxing, like read a book, until you feel sleepy. Avoid becoming anxious about your sleeplessness and being in bed “just waiting” it may only be temporary. If you notice that falling asleep is becoming a consistent problem for you, a sleep aid like REVLEX® Sleep Time may be just the thing you need.

Is there anything wrong with napping?2020-09-17T11:10:04-04:00

Most adult shouldn’t need a nap during the day. If you’re having trouble sleeping at night, day napping may be part of your problem. To avoid sleepless nights, focus on having a regular regimen instead of a scattered collection of naps and sleep. A sleep-aid like REVLEX® Sleep Time will help you sleep at night and not make you drowsy during the day.

Why can’t I fall asleep earlier?2020-09-17T11:12:29-04:00

Getting a good night sleep by trying to fall asleep earlier may sound like a responsible thing to do but it probably won’t help. Trying to sleep when you’re not tired may actually lead to more difficulty in falling asleep. Your circadian rhythm, the human bodies built in clock, runs on cycle that is pretty close to 24 hours. It’s your circadian rhythm that tells you when it’s time to sleep because you are tired not because you have an early morning tomorrow. To get an earlier night sleep you have to start going to bed a little earlier each night.

To ensure a good sleep, going to bed at the right time and using natural sleep aids like REVLEX® are the best way to wake up refreshed.

My leg movements are keeping me awake.2020-09-17T11:12:51-04:00

Periodic leg movements during sleep (PLMS) and restless legs syndrome (RLS) can be problematic to a good night’s sleep. If you have either of these syndromes, you are probably experience uncomfortable feelings in your legs that can actually get worse when you are still; especially at night. If you haven’t been diagnosed, you may want to consult your healthcare provider and take a test. A sleep aid like REVLEX® Sleep Time can also help to quell restless legs.

How can I sleep better doing shift-work?2020-09-17T11:10:44-04:00

Shift-workers can have a very difficult time finding enough hours in the day to sleep. Never mind not having a regular schedule like most others, trying to sleep when it’s light out is just unnatural for most of us. If your shift-work is making it harder to sleep, there are some things you can do. Try to make your room as dark as possible and create as noise free an environment as you can (use earplugs or a white-noise machine. Just like at night, a comfortable temperature makes sleeping easier, as well.

If sleep is still a problem, a sleep-aid like REVLEX® Sleep Time will help you enjoy a restful sleep and wake up refreshed.

My trouble sleeping is only occasional?2020-09-17T11:11:08-04:00

Having trouble falling to sleep isn’t unusual from time to time. A sleep aid like REVLEX® Sleep Time can help with the occasional sleepless nights. If sleeplessness is more common, lasting for weeks or longer, a sleep aid may help but it won’t solve the underlying cause of your sleepless nights. To ensure that you’re not experiencing the symptoms of a medical condition, it is recommended that you consult your healthcare provider for a diagnosis.

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