CATEGORY: Pharmaceutical, OTC (Over the Counter), Herbal & Vitamin-Based Muscle Relaxants
TYPES: Pharmaceutical – Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril), Tizanidine (Zanaflex), Baclofen (Lioresal) & Carisoprodol (Soma); Natural/Herbal & Vitamin Based Muscle Relaxers & Soothers – Magnesium Supplement Tablets & Capsules (Time Release), Laboratory (Proprietary) Formula Maximum Strength Natural Relaxants, Tincture Based “Powerful” Muscle Relaxers, Amino Acid Based Muscle Calmer/Relaxers Combined with Sleep Aids, Valerian Root, Roll-On Muscle Relaxing & Anti-Inflammatory (Goatmilk) Lotions & Balms, Aromafloria Muscle Soak for Bubble Bath, Kava Root & Devil’s Claw Natural Muscle Relaxants, Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils & Gels (Fir, Marjoram, Ginger, and Peppermint) – Zen Blend, Muscle Relaxation Tounge Droplets
*All brand names are trademarks of their respective owners & used for review(s) & comparison purposes only.
MUSCLE RELAXANTS PROS:
> Do work & can be temporarily effective for relaxing chronically tight muscles & reducing spasm
> Can also work as a sleep aid during times of intense chronic pain – proper rest is essential for healing
> Pharmaceuticals can be relatively inexpensive, especially if you have insurance
> Most begin to take effect and provide some muscle relaxation/relief within 30-60 minutes following ingestion
MUSCLE RELAXANTS CONS:
> Side effects include sleepiness, dry mouth, & loss of motor coordination, urinary retention
> Possibility of dependency
> Contraindicated for pregnant women, elderly, and those with depression or history of drug or alcohol abuse
> Unsafe/illegal to drive on muscle relaxants – need to avoid operating equipment that requires safety measures
> May effect job performance depending on level of physicality and/or mental complexity of work
While a muscle relaxant drug might momentarily lessen symptoms, it isn’t a permanent treatment for back pain.
– Dr. John Helton, Owner of Chiropractic Healing Hands for You
Back muscle spasms occur to protect an area of the spine that has been irritated, usually from an unnatural movement of some kind. A spine in proper alignment has much less potential for ‘unnatural movements’ because the spine is mechanically functioning in the way it was ‘meant’ to. A misaligned spine is inherently functioning in an unnatural way, which increases the chance for muscles spasms. The Body-Aline treats the root cause of most chronic back pain (and spasms) by strengthening the back and correcting posture. Once proper alignment and strengthened/toned postural muscles are achieved, the spine is provided with additional support and extra protection to help prevent stress from the unnatural movements that lead to muscle spasms.
Muscles relaxants may be highly effective for treating a symptom of back pain (muscle spasms) and are useful to in disrupting the pain-spasm-pain cycle, but will never correct the source of the problem, which, in most cases, is spinal/body misalignment. It is always advisable to treat the root cause of a health problem versus relying on pharmaceutical medications to temporarily treat a symptom. Medications are notorious for having adverse side effects and, if they don’t treat the cause of the problem, you will most likely need to continue buying the medication. This is good for drug companies – but bad for you. The BODY-ALINE offers a far more safe & natural approach for chronic back pain. Many have asked the questions: “What is best muscle relaxer (relaxant) for back pain?” and “Do muscle relaxers help lower back pain?” This analysis summarizes why, in our opinion, the BODY-ALINE is a better & more effective back pain solution compared to even the best herbal, pharmaceutical, vitamin-based & OTC muscle relaxers for back pain, although they both can work well together.
A Personal Review of Pharmacuetical, Herbal, or OTC Muscle Relaxants for Chronic Back Pain from BODY-ALINE Co-Inventor Jason Bowman…
I am a big proponent of using muscles relaxers for temporary relief of spasms. They really work and are especially effective when combined with full body massage because massage relaxes and loosens muscles from the outside in, while the pills relax the muscles from the inside out. The synergistic effect is amazing. However, massage and muscle relaxants treat a symptom of back pain – not the root cause. The massage and muscle relaxant combination should be used to achieve initial pain relief, while the BODY-ALINE should be used to achieve lasting permanent pain relief.