Having babies ruined my back. Looking back, I probably should have done more to maintain the strength of the muscles supporting it when they were stretched and weakened from carrying my little ones through to term. After my first daughter, the problem was minor enough that I thought I could just ignore it. Fast forward to baby number two at about six months old, and my back had given up on me.
After a couple of years of chiropractic care, stretching (when I remember) and some exercises that I do at home to regain muscle strength in my core, my back is doing much better. Unfortunately it still doesn’t take much to cause me pain though. A little too much lifting, a child that jumps on me the wrong way – and off I run to the medicine cabinet to pop a couple of ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
As someone who doesn’t particularly like to take pills, I’ve been feeling more and more unhappy about the number that have found their way into my body over the last couple of years.
When I heard about Lakota‘s line of natural source pain relievers I was really excited to give them a try. From capsules to roll-ons, they offer a wide range of pain relief products that can be used as an alternative to conventional pain killers.
They even have products for people who suffer from arthritis and diabetes. Does your dog suffer from arthritis? Lakota offers a joint care product to help relieve the suffering of your canine pals too!
When a box arrived at my door containing all of the items pictured above, the first thing I reached for was the Back Pain Roll-On. The topical roll-ons all have herbal/medicinal scents that I actually really like. (This surprised me because I usually find the smell of pain relief creams to be a bit offensive.) As mentioned on the packaging, there was a bit of an itching/stinging feeling upon application. If you’ve read previous reviews that I’ve written you’ll know that I have sensitive skin, so this concerned me a little bit. Thankfully the package was true to it’s word that the feeling is temporary and only happens the first couple of times that you use it. This product doesn’t make me break out in a rash. Win!
So did it work? Yes! Just the use of the Back Pain Roll-On alone helped manage my suffering enough that I didn’t feel the urge to take any oral pain medications. After using it my muscles feel noticeably more relaxed, which really helps me maintain the health of my back. Normally muscle tension is the first symptom that I experience before my back goes out and I am making a trip to the chiropractor’s office.
I’ve tried quite a few topical pain creams and find that with each use they seem to become less and less effective. The Lakota roll-ons stand out to me in this regard, because they’ve maintained their effectiveness even though I’ve opened them and used them quite a few times. I love discovering products that are a great value for the cost, and this is one that I am truly excited about!
The next product I reached for was the Soft Touch Pain Reliever. I was so curious to see what the difference was between this and the roll-ons. While the results are comparable, this product comes in a squeeze tube format with a soft foam applicator. When I applied it to my skin it felt like a gentle massage.
Which applicator did I like better? Honestly, I like both and will continue to use both. The Soft Touch is great when a gentle touch is required, and the roll-on can be used to put a bit more pressure on muscular knots to help release them.
Today I’ve moved on to testing out the capsules. I wanted to use everything separately so that I could tell which product was giving specific results. Keep an eye out for my next Lakota review!
Have you tried Lakota products? What did you think? I would love to hear about your experience!