Belladonna Plaster clinically proven relief for aches & pains

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Belladonna Plasters provides relief from the following:

  • Muscular Tension & Strain
  • Stiff Neck & Aching Shoulders
  • Rheumatism
  • Back Ache
  • Lumbago
  • Sciatica

Muscular Tension and Strain

Muscular tension is a condition where the muscles within the body remain semi-contracted for an extended period. Muscular tension may result from the physiological effects of stress or from overuse, poor posture or minor injury to the muscles

Where infrequent stress is involved the body can recover quickly from the physiological, psychological, and emotional changes that this stress brings on and any resulting muscle tension is usually temporary and without problem. However if stress is very frequent or sudden, the body’s response can be prolonged and lead to, commonly, muscle tension and muscle pain (particularly in one or two muscle groups), stiffness and back, neck and headaches.

Where there is muscular overuse caused by prolonged repetitive movement or poor constricted posture then Repetitive Strain Injury which causes tension, tightness and pain in muscles, tendons and nerves can arise.

Muscular strain or a ‘pulled muscle’ is a physical trauma to muscle caused by force applied along the length of the muscle. That force can come from over contraction of the muscle itself or from over stretching of the muscle.

This information is for general educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a healthcare professional. The information should not be relied upon to make decisions about your health. Always consult your family doctor or pharmacist about your individual circumstances.

Stiff Neck and Aching Shoulders

Stiffness in the neck and aching in the shoulder region can lead to a restriction in movement which when performed is often accompanied by pain. Common causes are muscular strain or soft tissue sprain and these may arise from how the neck is positioned during sleep, adopting a slouching posture whilst working at a desk or driving, prolonged stress with accompanying muscular tension, impact injuries whilst playing sport or holding the neck in an abnormal position for periods of time, e.g. holding a telephone between the neck and shoulder. However stiffness can also arise from osteoarthritic changes in the joints of the neck, from a herniated disc between the neck (cervical) vertebrae or a narrowing of the space through which the spinal cord travels.

Treatments are cause specific but generally the application of systemic anti-inflammatory medication and local, topical patches and gentle neck and shoulder based exercises.

This information is for general educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a healthcare professional. The information should not be relied upon to make decisions about your health. Always consult your family doctor or pharmacist about your individual circumstances.

Rheumatism

Rheumatism is a general term that is used to describe the symptom of pain that arises from inflammatory changes in joints, muscles and the surrounding, supportive soft tissues. The word rheumatism means ‘to flow like a river’ from the Latin ‘rheuma’ indicating the quality of the pain which can flow through all tissues in the body.

Rheumatic pain can be caused by many different disorders, e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, polymyalgia rheumatica, scleroderma, dermatomyositis and gout.

Treatment depends mainly on an accurate diagnosis of the source of the pain from which a patient specific treatment plan can be formed.

This information is for general educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a healthcare professional. The information should not be relied upon to make decisions about your health. Always consult your family doctor or pharmacist about your individual circumstances.

Back Ache

Back ache commonly arises in the lower back (or lumbar spine) but can also occur, less commonly, in the middle to upper back (thoracic spine). Aching in the lower back can arise from;

  • prolonged poor posture
  • sciatica
  • osteoporosis and subsequent spinal fracture
  • spinal fracture from injury
  • bony structural weakening from long term medication, e.g. corticosteroids
  • spinal infection e.g. bony abscess
  • ankylosing spondylitis
  • osteoarthritis
  • cauda equina syndrome as a result of spinal canal stenosis usually arising from a herniated disc
  • other causes.

Upper back ache shares similar causes as lower back ache except for sciatica and cauda equina syndrome which are specific to the lower back. More commonly poor posture and muscular strains are to blame.

Treatment is mainly causative condition specific but symptoms can be generally managed non-surgically using preventative measures such as postural improvements, maintaining a healthy weight, exercise programmes, and, where symptoms have arisen, continuing with general daily activities, topical heat treatments and systemic anti-inflammatory medication.

This information is for general educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a healthcare professional. The information should not be relied upon to make decisions about your health. Always consult your family doctor or pharmacist about your individual circumstances.

Lumbago

Lumbago is a general term for pain in the lower back, which is a very common problem in the United Kingdom. Lumbago can have a number of causes, ranging from non-specific causes such as soft tissue sprains, muscle strains, muscular tension and minor injuries to everyday activities e.g. bending awkwardly, lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling incorrectly, slouching in chairs and car seats again resulting in soft tissue strains and sprains. Other common causes are arthritis, infection, bony fracture or partial dislocation from injury or osteoporosis, poor posture and obesity. A more serious cause can be intervertebral disc rupture (slipped disc) where the contents of the disc press on the sciatic nerve roots creating sciatica like symptoms.

Generally, in most cases of back pain the back will heal itself and staying active is important. Lumbago usually lasts from a few days up to six weeks. Where there are severe and persistent cases of lumbago medical advice must be sought to reach a correct diagnosis and the appropriate treatment given.

Treatment for lumbago usually depends on the underlying cause of the condition but symptoms can generally be managed with staying active, systemic painkilling therapy, topical pain killing therapy, adopting a good posture, achieving rest and structured exercising.

This information is for general educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a healthcare professional. The information should not be relied upon to make decisions about your health. Always consult your family doctor or pharmacist about your individual circumstances.

Sciatica

The term sciatica (or lumbar radiculopathy) describes pain that results from injury to the sciatic nerve and its branches. This pain, which is generally unilateral, can radiate from the lower back into the buttocks, back of the thigh, outside of the calf area and even into the outside of the foot.

The most common cause of injury to the sciatic nerve and its branches resulting in sciatica is a herniated or slipped disc, where a portion of a disc of cartilage that separates vertebrae in the spine protrudes onto part of the sciatic nerve. Other causes include a narrowing of the space in the lumbar spine through which the sciatic nerves travel (spinal stenosis), a dislocated hip and osteoarthritis.

Treatment for sciatica is generally conservative and can involve performing normal activities as much as possible, back stretches and gentle exercise and the use of hot packs and pain killing therapy, either systemic (tablets) or topical (patches). Sciatica often resolves in 4 – 6 weeks.

This information is for general educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a healthcare professional. The information should not be relied upon to make decisions about your health. Always consult your family doctor or pharmacist about your individual circumstances.

BELLADONNA PLASTER PRODUCT INFORMATION: Belladonna Alkaloids (as Hyoscamine) 0.25% w/w. Indications: For the relief of aches and pains, such as – muscular tension and strain, stiff neck and aching shoulders, sciatica, lumbago, rheumatism, backache. Legal Category P.

Product Authorisation Holder Cuxson Gerrard & Co. Ltd.

Information about this product, including adverse reactions, precautions, contraindications and method of use can be found at: http://www.mhra.gov.uk/home/groups/spcpil/documents/spcpil/con1479450665937.pdf

Contains Belladonna Alkaloids. Always read the label.