Oh My Neck!

Ginger and I have been doing a lot of traveling recently.  We have been going to tradeshows, visiting with customers, and visiting with old and new vendors.  Since I was 18 or so I have been having back problems.  I have been told to do “core” exercises to strengthen my stomach which would in turn help take pressure off of my back.  These exercises have helped some, but they haven’t been great.  With the amount of travel Ginger and I have been doing, the pain is really bothersome.

In more recent years, my neck has also started to hurt.  This is probably from years of looking down at a laptop in an airport.  In fact that is what I am doing right now. I have seen chiropractors and orthopedic doctors.  Overall, I haven’t found a real solution, so I live with the pain.  If the pain gets too bad, I pop an Advil.

For me, the comfort I need is so that I can sleep at night.  I know Ginger has talked a lot about beauty from within. I am not sure if she has reviewed how important sleep is to beauty, but when my back and neck hurt, and I cannot sleep at night, those black rings show up under my eyes.

I have been taking an Omega 3 supplement for over a year now.  I know this is an anti-inflammatory.  Inflammation is of course what generates pain.  If you can remove inflammation you can often reduce the pain. This is also good for my heart and skin, so I feel good about taking Omega 3 every day for my health.

As Ginger and I have been opening our eyes to new things, we heard about MSM (Methysulfonylmethane).  It is a naturally occurring sulfur and is found in small quantities in the foods we eat.  It has some interesting characteristics in that it is an anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial.

I found a form of MSM that I was able to rub on my neck.  It was a bit goopy but easy to apply.  I applied it to my neck twice over a period of 3 minutes.  Within about 5 to 10 minutes, my neck pain had significantly decreased.  I tried it on my back as well, but it didn’t nearly have the same impact.  However, I am still experimenting with it.  I feel that I may need a few more treatments or perhaps to combine taking it orally as well as topically.

It seems that the MSM is acting as an anti-inflammatory, and by doing that it considerably reducing my pain.  It is also good for a multitude of other things including the treatment of acne and psoriasis, and alleviating the symptoms of certain autoimmune diseases like Lupus and Fibromyalgia.  We are now thinking of adding this to our line of products.  We will use a clean source made in the US and distilled to remove toxic elements and heavy metals.  I am curious to hear if any of you have had any experience with MSM and what you think?