Ageing. Relieving aches & pains

Middle and Old Age Aches and Pains

Ageing often brings on niggling aches and pains that can spoil one’s quality of life. A little stiffness in the knees or fingers perhaps, back pain, sore neck, cramps and so on.

In this pill-popping era, analgesic drugs such as paracetamol (Panadol, Tylenol) and anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen (Brufen) and diclofenac (Voltaren) are used widely. Without doubt they can work well, but often only for a short period of time. They can also cause adverse side-effects.

Another oft-recommended remedy for pain and injuries is the RICE formula – Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation – e.g. for soft tissue injuries such as muscular strains.

But does this work?

Not really. The most recent scientific evidence shows that applying ice to soft tissue injuries actually slows the recovery process and simply should not be used.

However, there is a better way.

Providing your doctor is satisfied these aches and pains are not of a serious nature, try applying a little wheatgrass extract to your sore spot(s) just once a day, or even on alternate days. Wheatgrass can significantly reduce the swelling and pain of injured tissues. One reason for this is that wheatgrass has the ability to inhibit or prevent the effect of Substance P. This is a type of neurotransmitter that exists throughout the body, and is responsible for sending pain messages to the brain.

For example, although I’m getting long in the tooth, I still enjoy gardening. I find it’s a pleasant way to work out without necessarily exhausting myself. Nonetheless, after an hour or so, I start to feel it. So out comes the wheatgrass extract. I apply a little over the sore and stiff spots and about ten minutes later, I’m moving freely again and the next morning is stiffness free!

It can work for you, too – not just for us old blokes. And side effects are virtually non-existent.

Dr. Chris Reynolds.

Ask Dr. Chris about the aches & pains of ageing.