Breaking Down the Great Wall of Pain With China Gel

As we deal with our pain from the game we love, our methods of therapy vary. As Wimbledon approaches the final rounds, we find ourselves playing more aggressively much like our favorite picks. Do we know when to draw the line if an injury is too bad? Or do we try to play through it hoping the injuries will miraculously go away?

The office’s current injuries are as follows:
Spencer Boller: Plantar Fasciitis
Jason Huang: Golfer’s Elbow
Myself: Tendonitis

The most common of our remedies have included icing, stretching, strength training, and of course the addictive remedy of choice, the Topical Pain Reliever, China Gel.

No doubt about it, I love China Gel! Not because I’m Chinese, actually I’m not even Chinese, though some people think I am, rather it is the enhancing healing sensation China Gel brings to my body that attracts me the most. The main points of application for China Gel have been my Iliotibial band (IT) Band, back, arm, and most commonly, my shoulder. I have nothing but praises toward this gel.

Not only does this gel help me feel better, it has given our office the added aroma of minty joy. Kind of like a Mojito or Mentos – the fresh maker! The usage of China Gel not only fills our office with its mint-like smell, but the hallways we walk through as well. Of course there are other topical gels out there such as Tiger Balm or Ben-Gay, which I used in my younger days, but my China Gel preference inevitably comes down to the non-greasy feel and use of herbal remedies.

There’s something addictive about this greaseless gel that makes me feel complete after a hard tennis session. It isn’t the only thing I rely on to calm my pains, but it definitely helps therapeutically. What remedies are you using to help you through the pain?

Topical Pain Reliever

Topical Pain Reliever

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3 thoughts on “Breaking Down the Great Wall of Pain With China Gel

  1. vicks vapor rub. no clue why but it helps me out for some reason haha. also salonpas (i think that’s how you spell it) some kind of chinese heat pad.

  2. Kana, you use this for tendonitis? Hunh…I have mild tendonitis on one ankle and both knees, but I’ve always just stuck to NSAIDs and rest. I will have to give this a try!

  3. Aaron – I remember my mother putting Salonpas pads on me back in the day. Those were amazing not to forget the instant patch of hot/cold feeling when they’re applied.

    Topaz – I use China Gel pretty liberally wherever I feel any aches in my body. I think more over it’s a soothing remedy for that time of pain. When applying the gel I massage the area to help increase blood flow and loosen up any scar tissue. I’m also on prescribed extra strength Ibuprofen (800mg/pill) which helps the inflammation. When my tendonitis was at its worst I did Ultrasound and Electro Stimulation (E-Stim) therapy. Other than the warming sensation of the ultrasound you don’t feel much during the process, but inevitably it helps break down the scar tissue and enhances healing. The Electro Stim you can definitely feel as it expands and contracts the muscles. I believe those two therapeutic methods, along with a long period of rest, allowed me to play tennis comfortably today. Since your tendonitis is mild I recommend strength training with rubber bands for your ankles and light weights for the knees. It truly helps! And of course rest is always a plus! Hope all goes well!

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