As a Doctor of Chiropractic, I treat patients every day that tell me they are often “stiff and sore”. Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic started, the most common complaint I hear from my patients is that they have tightness and soreness in their back and neck. I would attribute some of this to the increased stress in the world right now due to the pandemic. Another direct factor is the number of people that are now working from home and sitting at their kitchen table or where ever at home to do their normal job. Poor ergonomics and too many hours working at your computer can contribute to back and neck pain.
Recently I was contacted by Theresa Calabro about a new product that is called Sore + Tired. Theresa sent me a sample of their Sore + Tired Blue and Gold for our staff to try. Sore + Tired is a Boston area start-up that has developed a topical hydrogel that delivers magnesium salts and pure water pre-mixed and ready-to-use for people who want the benefit of a therapeutic mineral bath but don’t have the time or tub to soak.
Being a Doctor of Chiropractic I get a lot of people contacting me with their latest elixir guaranteeing immediate pain relief so I was a tiny bit skeptical about this new product. First, I wondered how does it work. Their formulation starts with magnesium sulfate, better known as Epsom salt. Epsom salts have been used for hundreds of years to ease all kinds of aches, pains, and skin troubles. A simple soak in the tub may help you feel better.
Their idea, which I think is brilliant, is to provide the benefits of an Epsom salt bath, which takes about 20 mins, and transfer these benefits into a gel which you rub into the areas on your body that you would like relief, and that only takes about 20 seconds. The magnesium sulfate is absorbed through the epidermis directly to the area applied.
What I remember from my physiology classes was that calcium helps muscles contract, while magnesium helps muscles relax, and we could all use more relaxation these days.
The Sore + Tired web site explains how it works very well: https://soreandtired.com/
After trying it for a few weeks now I can say that it has helped me. Ever since my bad bicycle accident in 2012, where I broke 16 bones including 2 cervical and 4 thoracic vertebrae along with multiple rib fractures, I often get upper back and neck pain and tightness. I have been using Sore + Tired on my upper back and neck right after all my long bike rides the past few weeks and my pain and tightness in my neck and upper back have diminished significantly.
Our office manager Sue Quirk says that she has had “great relief” from using Sore +Tired. Sue prefers the gold version and she uses it on her knee daily to help with her osteo arthritis pain that gets worse after sitting all day. She adds that if she uses it daily her pain is essentially gone.
I believe Sore + Tired may help my patients or anyone that suffers from chronically stiff and sore muscles. We will be carrying Sore + Tired here at Performance Health Center along with our Metagenics products.
Here is a link to an excellent Blog written about Sore + Tired by Justin Lippert, a 4X USA Triathlon National Champion. Justin wrote this blog about S+T for his team which captures it all.
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