All hail Salonpas. 2020.07.29
I suffer from chronic back pain and knee pain from my surgery.
I practice judo, which is how i got the knee injury.
I visited a seikotsuin (接骨院), a Japanese physiotherapy/massage/chiropractor place for pain relief.
Today, I'd like to write an ode to another cure, one that I have long being using and that you may actually already know of, given its popularity worldwide and effectiveness in relieving pain.
For the benefit for those who don't know, Salonpas is the name for a series of pain relief sprays and patches. It is meant for external application for relieve of muscular pains or bruises, usually from sports or other physical exertions. It is manufactured by Japanese Pharmaceutical company Hisamitsu. Of course topical pain relief medication are a dime a dozen these days (or since forever), but as far as I know, Salonpas is by far the most famous, and even is a brandnomer for all pain relief patches in some Asian countries.
It doesn't get that famous without working as well as advertised - and great it really is. To be honest, I've tried many different brands - and also been prescribed or given other brands from time to time, but I always find myself going back to Salonpas after some time.
The other reason it's famous, however, is because of how sticky it is. Unlike most patches in Japan, Salonpas patches have really good adhesive, and thus stay on regardless of activity. You can kind of see how this may have caused it to become favoured amongst athletes and resulting in its popularity. You may have seen, while watching your favourite athlete on TV, a small white patch usually peekout out from the collar of the jersey, or prominently on the thighs and legs. Odds are, that's probably salonpas.
On the other hand, the Salonpas has also become infamous for said trait, for it can be a painful ordeal during removal - especially for particularly hairy men. Yea. It hurts, I can vouch for that.
Salonpas's newer product is a cool spray that comes in a lean bottle. I suspect that ingredients are the same, however I prefer it because the spray comes out cold and that seems to help somehow. Also, because it is not a patch, you can basically target any spot or any large area that you want and spray as much or as little as you need. On the downside, it doesn't last as long as the patch.
The light blue one, I highly recommend.
I use both products, although these days, I bring the spray out to work or Judo and leave the patch home, which I apply before going to bed and allowing it to do its work while I sleep. I highly recommend anyone to try if you are suffering from any muscle pains.
The patches are the blue and green box below the sprays.
Or you can try any of all these brands, really.
I'm an aspiring architect pursuing/living my dream of working in Japan.
I work in Tokyo, but live across Futagotamagawa in Oakhouse Kajigaya, Kawasaki.
Working in Japan is hard, but there's lots of opportunities to play hard as well.
I hope to share a little of my experience with everyone through this blog.