Back in the day, people used to accept pain as a fact of life. We’ve all heard the phrase “rub some dirt on it” as if ignoring the problem would make it go away. Unfortunately, that’s not the reality. Fortunately, scientists and doctors across the world have dedicated thousands of hours of research to tackling the problem of “pain.” One of those doctors, Dr. Larry Good, has identified 5 tips you can easily incorporate into your everyday life to relieve pain.

5. OTC (Over the Counter) Pain Relievers. 

Different types of pain call for different types of medicine. OTC pain killers are often an effective, affordable option for many common pains, including muscle soreness and inflammation. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) is one of the most common NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) and works quickly so you feel the effects within as little as 30 minutes. Naproxen (Aleve) is another option that tends to last longer, so it doesn’t need to be taken as often as Ibuprofen. These OTC pain relievers are one of the easiest ways to alleviate discomfort from workouts and daily wear and tear.

4. Relieve stress.

Cortisol is our body’s main stress hormone, and when we are stressed, our cortisol levels rise. Our body’s muscles can tense up, leading to muscle spasms and inflammation. You may not realize how much tension you are holding, so we recommend incorporating 1 or more of these activities into your routine:

  • Meditate: Find a quiet place, set a timer, and practice taking deep breaths.
  • Wellness exercises: Neighborhood walks, fitness challenges, cooking at home, reading a good book… The options are endless!
  • Seek support: Call a loved one or talk with a professional to find ways to manage your stress levels.

3. Get in a good stretch.

Although this may seem cliché, stretching really does go a long way. Stretching helps keep our muscles intact and healthy. Without this, our muscles become stiff and tight. Make sure you are taking a few minutes out of your day to devote time to your body - it will thank you later! For those of us whose main concern is back pain, we suggest child's pose, cat-cow, laying down knee to chest, or ragdoll. For people more focused on the neck area, perhaps tech-neck, we’ve got some stretches for you too! Neck rotations and extensions, chin tucks, and cervical rotations will help loosen up muscles.

2. Get those Zs.

A good night’s sleep solves just about everything, right? Well, maybe not everything, but it can be helpful for managing pain. Lack of sleep can cause inflammation in the body, often resulting in pain. Especially if you live an active lifestyle, make sure you have a consistent sleep schedule, with a full 7-9 hours dedicated to snoozing each night. Create a relaxing night routine and let your body rest!

And finally, most importantly,

1. Clinically Proven Topical CBD Cream

Dr. Good’s top recommendation is a potent, topical CBD cream for pain relief. Based on extensive clinical studies, it’s key to use a cream containing 2,200 mg/oz of CBD. This level of potency is near impossible to find on the market, which is what led Dr. Good to develop Remei. Since CBD works with targeted pain relief, it’s perfect for relieving acute muscle pain and chronic inflammation. Remei’s Pain Relief Cream contains 0 THC with no entry into the bloodstream, making Remei safe for everyone from athletes to nursing moms and those with chronic pain.