It’s now been a month since I started using the Pascoe Canada Lymphdiaral Cream to help with DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness), so I thought today was a good day to recap my experience and to give you my final thoughts on both the product and using it for DOMS.
In case you missed my first two posts, please take a minute to go back and read them:
Since my last post, I’ve returned to my regular (summer) teaching schedule and workouts, and last week I definitely had an increase in DOMS. I always find the first week back especially challenging since I don’t do any structured cardio while I’m on vacation. The return to teaching Zumba especially always gets me, with so much calf action in Merengue songs where we are on our toes for so much of the time.
Instead of being proactive and applying the Lymphdiaral Cream after my bath and before the DOMS really set in, I decided to wait until the next day when I felt the discomfort before trying to relieve it. I wanted to first experience the DOMS so I could better determine if the cream really helped me or not, and I’m happy to say that it did.
There have been a number of mornings that I got up feeling stiff and sore, and before getting dressed took a few minutes to apply the Lymphdiaral cream both at the appropriate lymph node region, but also to the area that was sore, and within a short period of time noticed a considerable reduction in pain.
This past weekend I was experiencing a few PMS symptoms, most notably breast tenderness, and used the Lymphdiaral cream for that and was really pleasantly surprised at how quickly it helps relieve the pain. Anyone who gets that tenderness before their period knows how painful it can be, so to have a non-prescription remedy that works so well was wonderful! It’s the sort of pain that you don’t really think to do anything about aside from popping a pill, so it’s nice to have this in my bathroom stash to use for those few days leading up to my period each month.
But back to the DOMS. Using the cream was only one part of my plan to help battle DOMS. Ensuring I am drinking enough water, and getting my electrolytes also have been part of my plan, and honestly, I have seen a reduction overall in pain even without applying the cream. Proper hydration is so important, especially in the humid weather we’ve had these past few weeks.
As my training program continues and my weight and volume of reps continues to increase, I’m sure that the DOMS will return with a vengeance, but it’s nice to know that when that happens I have a product waiting to come to my relief. Afterall, there is only so much water and electrolytes can do on their own!
Since this isn’t a mainstream product, to learn if a store in your area sells this or any Pascoe Canada products please visit pascoe.ca and click on the “find our products” link across the top. If nobody in your area does carry them, you can contact Pascoe directly through their website, or speak to your local natural foods/health care store and see if they are able to order them in for you.
What I really like and appreciate about this particular product is that it isn’t greasy and is odourless so you can put it on in the morning and you won’t feel like you smell like a medicine cabinet. It’s easy to apply, and even though you have to consider what lymph region you are draining and the direction in which you apply, that takes little more than a glance at the application diagram.
I don’t mind taking medications when warranted, but anytime I can choose a natural health product over chemicals I’m a happy girl. Especially since traditional treatments for DOMS like Biofreeze, Rub A535, and all those other mainstream products (some of the other names are eluding me at the moment) all either give me a skin rash or burn, or are completely ineffective at treating my pain.
I don’t think I’m a special case and that many people are left looking for something more after trying these products and having no luck. My hope is that if nothing else, this has given you an idea of another product you can try to help your pain, swelling and inflammation. No one thing works for everybody, so as much as it works for me, there is no telling if it will work for you until you try it, and I hope you do!
This wraps up my month long partnership with Pascoe Canada. If you’ve enjoyed this series and are interested in what other products Pascoe Canada offers please visit their website at www.pascoe.ca.
You can also go back and check out the posts from my first partnership with them in the spring when I tried their BASENTABS to help balance my pH levels, the links to those posts are below.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Pascoe Canada and Lymphdiaral Cream. All opinions expressed are my own.