Pain Killers and Anti-Inflammatory Rubs

Life is fast and we’re generally time-poor, so the appeal of pain medication and anti-inflammatirues is a great quic fix to reduce pain , but is the effect temporary and hiding an underlying and more serious cause?

Let us first clear a few things up

  1. inflammation heals tissue. BUT anti-inflammatories regulate inflammation, they don’t eradicate it
  2. pain CAN but isn’t always effected by an underlying movement dysfunction
  3. pain medications sometimes, don’t work

Therefore don’t worry, taking your pain meds won’t stop your bodily tissues from healing. They may not even hide the pain to the extent that injure yourself without knowing. But what about those times that bad movement (restrictions, stiffness and weakness) is predisposing your injury?


At these times the injury normally lasts for a few weeks to months and pain medication is often rendered useless. This is when you’ll really benefit from popping into the clinic for a movement analysis and injury diagnosis. It may not get better on its own. Osteopathic treatment has shown to be far more effective than pain medication in treating lower back pain and other injuries. Just go to our FAQ section to see what else we treat.

So to summarise, pain medications can be a quick fix. BUT if they don’t fix quickly, then pop into the clinic for a consultation and diagnosis

Let us know what you think. Let us know how you get on




Written by Elliott Reid, Osteopath and Personal Trainer at The Revitalize Health and Fitness Clinic, Gravesend. Follow Elliott on Twitter

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