Ageing: Relieving aches & pains

Easing the aches and pains of ageing

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.

There is a better way.

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

For example, although I’m getting on, I still enjoy gardening. It’s a pleasant way to work out without necessarily exhausting myself. However, after an hour or so, I start to feel it, then 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 am stiffness free!

It can work for you, too – not just for us old blokes – with no side effects.

Dr. Chris Reynolds.