Plasters that relieve back pain - the principle of action and its type

back pain patch

Back pain is a fairly common phenomenon; it is difficult to find people who do not face this problem.

The perpetual problem of "lack of time" to go to the doctor is also a feature, for which most people prefer self-medication, for which they actively use advertised gels and ointments to relieve back pain.

Along with this method, the plaster is actively advertised. This remedy for the treatment of the buttocks has long been known, but in recent years it has not gained much popularity until large manufacturers use it.

To understand whether these spots are really effective, one must understand the possible causes of back pain.

Why does my back hurt?

Back pain can have many causes. The least dangerous are minor injuries and sprains that a person can acquire while playing sports and while doing physical work.

Although, if there is no due attention to such minor injuries, they can lead to very unpleasant "unpleasant" consequences, which affect the condition of the back muscular corset and the musculoskeletal system itself.

back pain how to get rid of with a plaster

But in the general case, such minor injuries remind them of pain for several days, after which it gradually disappears.

But the cause of severe back pain is osteochondrosis and its consequences.

The disease is dangerous because it develops gradually and in its early stages, while it can still be dealt with successfully, it does not manifest itself with practical symptoms.

In the future, this disease is the cause of the development of various pain syndromes, the formation of intervertebral hernias, and so on.

If the back microtraumas can still be ignored while waiting for the moment when it stops causing pain, then it will not work with osteochondrosis - when the consequences appear, it is impossible to withstand severe pain for a long time and still have to go to the doctor.

In addition, if a minor injury is successfully eliminated in an improper manner, serious back disease should be treated for years.

The main cause of pain in this disease is a violation of the nerve roots of the spinal cord. Such compression can occur for a variety of reasons, but it is this compression that causes almost all pain syndromes.

The effect of warming in the treatment of back pain

hot dry plaster for back pain

When treating an injury or disease in the back, doctors almost always recommend "dry heat" along with the necessary medications.

This usually means wrapping the affected part of the body with a warm scarf - so that the buttocks in the affected area are "warmed up" nicely.

This "dry heat" increases blood circulation, as inflammation and edema decrease to a certain extent, which results in a decrease in pressure on the compressed nerve roots.

Accordingly, the pain syndrome is reduced. Of course, this method by itself will not relieve severe pain, but is very suitable as a kind of aid.

Moreover, it can be observed that a large number of folk recipes for back pain are based precisely on the effect of heating the affected back area. And with pain that is not too strong, such a method manages to overcome, even if such a method does not allow you to get rid of the cause of its occurrence.

Heating as an alternative to tablets

When pain occurs in the back, doctors usually prefer medication. And such methods in most cases involve the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which quickly relieve inflammation and reduce pain.

Therefore, NSAIDs primarily pursue one purpose - to reduce pain, which in most cases they successfully overcome.

But such drugs have serious drawbacks - the treatment of back disease involves long -term use, during which side effects begin to appear.

The most common side effect is gastrointestinal tract disorders. So, for example, treatment of a herniated disc can last up to a year, and NSAID intake without significant consequences for the patient’s body can rarely last more than a month.

This leads to the fact that doctors have to prescribe such drugs in minimum effective doses and look for alternative treatment methods.

First of all, they pay attention to gels and ointments, which are available in pharmacies in large quantities.

But half of it in this case is inappropriate, because the whole effect is based on the action of all the same NSAIDs. Ointments that are "warming" are much more expensive and less common.

Another popular alternative right now is precisely the plaster, which is invisible, is securely attached to the back and relieves back pain quite effectively.

Back patch type

Pepper plaster

The oldest and "worthy" is the superficial pepper plaster, which has been famous for a long time. The principle of its action is simple and clear - a special pepper composition is applied on sticky surfaces, which has an irritating and warming effect when touching the skin.

Perhaps the only drawback of such a patch is the excessive peppermint, which, in the slightest violation of the rules for using the patch, can cause serious skin irritation.

And this will seriously limit the possibilities of treatment - the inflamed area can no longer be massaged, it is no longer possible to stick another plaster on it or use a warming gel or ointment.

This shortcoming became a reason to look for alternative heating compositions that would be used on fillings with no less efficiency.

Anesthetic without heating - NSAID patch

Some manufacturers, without hesitation, decided to tackle the problem of skin irritation with a simple and graceful-the same non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are applied only on the patch, which is gradually absorbed into the skin and has its therapeutic effect.

Thanks to these patches, back pain is removed fairly quickly, the risk of irritation is minimal, and the problem of overheating is also unmatched. But this patch also has drawbacks.

For example, they are definitely not suitable for those who prefer to do without "chemistry" if possible, because the main active ingredient is the same as in the tablet, only it enters the body through the skin, has all the same unpleasant side effects.

Reflected heat

Another option is plaster, which contains one or the other "reflective" layer. It is not so important as the manufacturer specifically mentions it, the essence is the same - the heat released by the human body is reflected and accumulated, as the effects of heating appear.

Naturally, such a plaster has no contraindications (because there is no active ingredient), but it is better to stick it not on the skin, but on the linen.

"Miracle plaster" from China

There are a number of types of patches that have been developed in China based on local traditional medicine. The composition of such a patch contains many plant components, each of which (in theory) should have a specific therapeutic effect.

Such a patch is an excellent choice for lovers of "natural" treatments, the only drawback is its effectiveness which has not been confirmed.