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  1. Save Money Using a Flexible or Health Savings Account for Certain Over The Counter Products

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    “Letter of Medical Necessity” Can Make Big Absorbine Jr. Savings Possible

    Do you rely on a Absorbine Jr. product to help you with chronic pain or arthritis?

    Have you set aside funds, pre-tax, in a flexible spending (FSA) or health savings account to help you save money on out-of-pocket medical expenses with tax-free dollars?

    Usually, most of us think about using our flexible spending or health savings accounts for insurance copayments and deductibles, prescription medications and required medical devices. But, with a letter of medical necessity from your doctor, certain over the counter (OTC) products can also qualify as expenditures for reimbursement from your pre-tax, health-related savings accounts. 

    That’s right, with the appropriate paperwork, you may be able to use your flexible spending and health savings funds for an Absorbine Jr. product. This wasn’t always the case, but when the U.S. government passed the “CARES Act” (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act), it reinstated FSA reimbursement for a lot of OTC products. Eligible expenses are effective retroactively to January 1, 2020. 

    While some OTC items are more easily reimbursed, you may still be able to make others, like Absorbine Jr. eligible via a slightly different process. 

    To be able to use your FSA funds for an Absorbine Jr. product, for example, you’ll need a letter of medical necessity or doctor’s statement from your healthcare provider. This document verifies that the medication, product or service you’re asking for reimbursement for from your healthcare FSA is for the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of a condition. In the letter or note, your healthcare provider should explain that the OTC product you’re using, such as Absorbine Jr., helps to treat, manage, or prevent a condition that you have. The letter should outline how the product plays an essential role in your care.

    If you and your doctor have identified an OTC product or service that can help you better care for your muscle pain, stiffness or arthritis, for example, and that product is not already included in the common list of FSA-eligible OTC products, here’s what to do:

    • Ask your benefits administrator or human resources department if there is an official form you should use to get an OTC product approved as an FSA-eligible expense. 
    • If there is not a form for your doctor to complete and sign, ask him or her to write you a letter of medical necessity. This letter needs to include what medical condition the OTC products in question are being used to treat/manage/prevent, a description of the regimen (frequency, dosage), and how long you are expected to need the therapy. 
    • Submit either the appropriate and doctor-signed form or letter of medical necessity along with your receipts or invoices for products to be reimbursed.
    • Be aware that in some cases, benefits administrators may ask for additional information from your doctor. 

    Key Information for Letters of Medical Necessity

    Here’s an outline of the important information that should be included in your letter of medical necessity from your doctor. Letters should be provided on your healthcare provider’s official letterhead or prescription pad or you should use the official form provided for this purpose by your benefits manager or human resources department. 

    1. Provider’s official letterhead or prescription pad. Or, appropriate form.
    2. Patient/your name.
    3. Specific diagnosis/condition and the treatment/product/service being recommended/required.     
    4. Dose amount, frequency of dose, and duration of therapy (days, weeks, months, ongoing) as appropriate. (Note that letters of medical necessity typically need to be renewed/rewritten annually.)
    5. Signature of licensed medical practitioner.

    Tips for success:

    • Start a conversation with your healthcare provider re. potential FSA-eligible products via email or a telehealth appointment, if possible, and get the ball rolling from the convenience of home. An in-office visit may not be required to get a letter of medical necessity and it’s great to start the process early so no one feels rushed or under pressure.
    • Create a “medical expenses” folder where you stash all potentially FSA-eligible receipts. 
    • Create a similar folder on your computer for any digital receipts or bills.
    • Make an “appointment” in your calendar for every 3-4 months to periodically file your FSA claims for reimbursement. 

    Of course, caring for your muscles and joints goes way beyond your wallet. To learn more about arthritis and how to relieve pain, be sure to read our other blogs.

  2. Can Sitting Funny Really Cause Chronic Pain?

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    We may do it while we lean sharply to the side in a chair, eager to hear every word that comes out of the boss’ mouth.

    Or we may do it when we return to the office and tuck our knees sharply underneath our chair. We may even do it at home, while we literally sit at the edge of our chair while we watch a good movie or television show.

    It’s called “sitting funny” – only there’s nothing funny about the strain or discomfort we feel when we try to straighten up or walk.

    With all the opportunities we have to “sit funny,” you might be wondering if it can cause chronic pain. But if you define it as the National Institutes of Health does – as pain that lasts more than 12 weeks – then you will be heartened to hear that the short answer is “no.”

    What about all that sitting?

    Chronic pain, as the NIH notes, usually results from an injury or an illness. Other health issues – fatigue, sleep apnea and a decrease in appetite — often accompany chronic pain, impairing stamina, strength and flexibility.

    Still, when you consider that the average American spends between eight and 12 hours a day in a sitting position, there is plenty of time to assume a “funny” sitting position. And sitting in a chair that forces you to sit up straight at a 90-degree angle can cause chronic back problems. It probably wouldn’t be difficult to find a physician, physical therapist, athletic trainer or massage therapist who wouldn’t rail against what “sitting funny” really comes down to: poor posture.

    Assume a proactive posture

    But here’s another reason to be heartened: recent postural studies point to what many reasonable adults already seem to know: awkward posture is uncomfortable and can cause unnecessary strain on the body. Therefore, while we may lapse into a “funny” sitting position under certain conditions, we’re not likely to stay in it for long because it can be physically straining. We’re even less likely to repeat the pose the next day.

    In the meantime, the NIH notes that some treatments can provide relief, including massage, meditation and Tai Chi. In terms of fast-working topical treatments, there is Absorbine Jr. This all-natural topical treatment has been the go-to choice of workers, athletes and other people who know that the consequence of “sitting funny” is no laughing matter.

  3. Get Relief! 3 Natural Ways To Combat Back Pain

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    Suffering from low back pain? Over 31 million Americans are experiencing the pains of a stiff back right now! It is responsible for the most disabilities in our country, and can feel as debilitating as it sounds. Finding the right sources to treat, prevent, and care for exhausted, tense muscles is like completing a corn maze in a blizzard! If the treatment contains toxic chemicals and strong pain relievers, the potential damage these foreign substances cause in the body may contribute to complications later. Simply buying and using over the counter pain relievers does not combat the main cause that creates such painful back aches.

    Absorbine Jr. is dedicated to providing naturally sourced, effective cause based treatments for our country’s largest ailment related to pain. Alternative forms of care can radically change how the body responds to pain in the future, working to prevent your symptoms from returning or getting worse. Looking for something new to treat your low back pain relief at home? Try our top tips below:

    Fancy a Cup? Of Tea!

    Did you know that tea is an anti-inflammatory way to alleviate pain? Simply sip a few cups of green tea for immediate relaxation and mild pain relief. Looking for a soothing option? Try peppermint tea; the polyphenols in the peppermint plant work to open your blood vessels and reduce pain.

    Topical Treatment

    Find a topical form of pain relief that directly resolves the pain in less time than a pain reliever! Menthol is a powerful, naturally derived plant that cools the skin and promotes the lessening of pain and stiffness. Absorbine Jr. products all contain menthol to provide the best natural form of care for your symptoms and chronic pain.

    Pain Reduction is Essential

    Ever thought to try essential oils? Aromatherapy is an alternative form of healing used for a wide variety of issues, including depression, pain, and cancer. Simply take a bowl of boiling water and add 8-10 drops of essential oil, allow the steam to reach your face, and breathe it in. Most people find relief immediately, and continue the practice a few times per week to keep their symptoms at bay.

    Woodsy scents, like pine and cedar, are perfect for low back pain. Try a citrus oil, such as lemon or sweet orange, to reduce stress and tension in the back! These scents will calm, soothe and relax the body to promote healing.

  4. Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, Oh My!

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    There are a lot of great options for getting active these days that allow you to exercise your body gently, while developing strength and flexibility and not over-stressing your joints and muscles. Activities such as yoga, tai chi and qigong are great choices for anyone looking to slowly build their body’s strength, or for people looking to get back into shape after suffering an injury or counter stiff muscles or arthritis.

    Even if you are not working on recovering from an injury, these gentle exercise forms build core muscles, balance and strength while stretching the body, and should be incorporated into a fitness routine to help build the body’s flexibility and prevent future injury and joint pain. These are also very versatile methods of exercise, and can easily be adjusted for various difficulty levels. While there are very simple movements that beginners can start with, advanced movements can be difficult and require a lot of strength and balance, providing a good challenge.

    A nice aspect of these exercise forms is that they inspire an awareness of the body and your personal health, encouraging balance and healing in all areas of your life. Because of this, they make for great forms of physical therapy and recuperation for anyone suffering from pain that makes other forms of exercise uncomfortable or impossible.

    For those using an exercise such as yoga, tai chi or qigong as a recovery method for injury or back or joint pain, it can be very helpful to pair this recuperation method with the use of Absorbine Jr. Once you have completed a session of exercise to help strengthen the recovering back or joint injury, apply Absorbine Jr. to the affected area to not only relieve any pain, but to encourage the blood flow to the area, which will expedite the healing process. If you find that your muscles are sore after a workout, you can use Absorbine Jr. to help soothe any cramps or stiffness.

    Taking up tai chi, yoga, qigong or another form of gentle exercise can be a great way to help increase the health of your body. Look into which form might be best suited for you, and try it out today!

  5. Arthritis Among Our Children

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    When we think of arthritis, we may not often think of it as a disease that affects children. Yet juvenile arthritis is more common than you may think, affecting 1 in 1,000 children, according to the American College of Rheumatology. Once the disease has been detected and diagnosed in a child though, treatment for the joint pain can begin in order to allow the child to live a normal life.

    Through a combination of medication and exercise, treatment works to relieve the pain and swelling in the joint, so that the child can use it normally, allowing it to grow stronger while preventing further damage to it. With the right treatment, there’s no reason why a child with arthritis needs to be held back from usual activities.

    For children living with the challenges of juvenile arthritis and joint pain, Absorbine Jr Plus can be a great option for pain relief in the affected joints. The liquid formula can easily be applied directly to the joint and quickly works to begin soothing the pain and stiffness, making it ideal for a child who may not want to take pills or sit still for other treatments. Absorbine Jr Plus is fast-acting for quick relief, and isn’t greasy, so a child can jump right back into their day of play or school.

    While juvenile arthritis can be a challenge, it doesn’t have to dictate how your child lives their life. By learning more about the disease and its management, and through the use of products such as Absorbine Jr Plus, the symptoms can be controlled and a child can get back to being a kid.

  6. Natural Pain Killers You Should Keep At Home

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    Many people deal with pain – but many pain sufferers don’t enjoy the idea of taking potentially dangerous drugs to help them deal with it. The good news is, a natural pain reliever could be as close as your kitchen pantry.

    There are many safe, natural pain killers out there that most people don’t even know about – but which studies have shown possess powerful pain relieving abilities. Here are just a handful of the items which you should keep at home…some of which you may already have!

    • Cranberry juice – If you have problems with urinary tract infections, you know how painful they can be. If you would rather avoid using antibiotics to clear up the infection and the pain, cranberry juice will do the trick.
    • Peppermint – Did you know that peppermint is good for more than just freshening your breath? It’s long been known as a natural pain reliever for common maladies such as toothache, digestive trouble, headaches and muscle pain.
    • Cherries – Yes, cherries! They have the highest anti-inflammatory content of any food and are great for inhibiting pain enzymes in much the way aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatories do.
    • Turmeric – This spice contains curcumin, which is proven to help decrease inflammation. So arthritis and psoriasis sufferers should certainly include this in their regimen – you may find this in capsule form simply labeled “curcumin”. Turmeric is a main ingredient in curries – so this is a rather delicious alternative to taking drugs for pain relief.
    • White Willow Bark – The salicin contained in white willow bark is converted by the body into salicylic acid, which promotes blood flow and reduces inflammation. This makes it perfect for treating joint pain, cramps, and aching muscles.
    • Topical pain relievers – Another option for pain relief, especially when it comes to relieving joint pain and muscle aches, is a topical pain treatment such as Absorbine Jr. which contains a natural pain reliever much like the ones listed above. Rather than ingesting these pain relievers, topical treatments are applied directly to the affected area and are absorbed through the skin. You’ll find that many topical treatments will usually contain a cooling agent such as menthol or camphor, or capsaicin, a warming agent.

    Remember: There are options out there which don’t require you to take potentially dangerous or habit-forming drugs in order to relieve your pain! Try one or more of these natural pain relievers and see which one works best for you.

  7. The Best Natural Pain Killers

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    We all experience pain at one time or another. It can manifest in your muscle or joints, an occasional headache, back pain, or aches from a cold or flu. Some people find more relief in natural alternatives such as creams or supplements, and even relaxation techniques. They can be easier on your system than some everyday chemicals that are so readily available.

    Many of us reach for a simple pill to ease our pain, be it acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen, or similar drug. Even prescription painkillers often contain drugs like acetaminophen (classified as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs) but may not work for everyone. These drugs come with side effects of various intensities ranging from stomach pain, nausea, and adverse reactions like rashes, or wheezing that should be addressed by a doctor right away.

    The natural pain reliever

    You can turn to these natural pain relief options to help manage your symptoms!


    • Turmeric is an Ayurvedic spice available in capsules, powders, extracts, and as a whole root. It is known for its help in controlling pain, supporting circulation, and improving tissue repair.
    • Ginger is known for its ability to reduce inflammation and increase circulation. It’s also ideal if you suffer from joint pain. You can find it in capsule form, as a tea, and its root is a great addition to soups, stir-frying, desserts, and other dishes.
    • Vitamin D is available in supplement form and can help with pain intolerance. Studies have shown that those who are deficient need almost twice as much pain medication to provide relief.


    • Yoga has been shown to release endorphins, which help control pain responses within the body. It also stretches your soft tissues, releasing tension that may be causing pain and discomfort.
    • Walking also releases which can help anxiety, stress and depression, as well as pain.
    • Massage brings blood to areas of tension and stimulates lymphatic fluid to circulate. Drink plenty of water and see a massage therapist to help heal stuck tissues.

    Topical Treatments

    Creams, gels, or patches containing natural pain relieving substances such as:

    • Capsaicin is a compound that is derived from the chili pepper and has a long time reputation for its ability to relieve pain when applied topically.
    • Menthol and camphor create a cooling sensation on the skin that distracts your nerves and mind from pain.

    There are many other supplements that have been found to help various kinds of pain. Look into the following to see if you could benefit from them as well: Spinach and other leafy greens, Pineapple, Vitamin C, Vitamin B complex, Acetyl-L-carnitine, Alpha-lipoic acid, Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and Magnesium.

    Break the cycle of pain and do something good for yourself in the process! Try adding some of these natural pain relieving tips to your reserve.

  8. Natural Joint Pain Relief

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    According to the National Center for Health Statistics, more than 30% of the population suffers from chronic lower back pain. Another 15 – 20% report severe neck pain. Chronic joint and muscle pain appear to be a constant for adults over 40 and even some of the younger generation are already affected with widespread pain problems.

    Many pain sufferers end up in emergency care for pain management and are being sent home with a prescription for mild to moderate pain relievers. Long term pharmaceutical coverage is costly and many are riddled with undesirable side effects. It is no surprise then that people who suffer from long term pain, such as Arthritis, will gravitate towards other options. The search for a more natural pain reliever that works is becoming more commonplace.

    Working through the pain.

    The tough part of being in a lot of pain for any length of time is a drastic reduction in quality of life. Pain sufferers report listlessness, irritability, loss of memory and an inability to concentrate. The pain they suffer takes over their lives and becomes the paramount focus. It comes as no surprise then that chronic severe pain can cause individuals to lose their jobs and subsequently their health coverage.

    Pain has become somewhat of a stigma in todays society. Calling in to work because a debilitating back spasm prevents you from moving without excruciating pain is not considered a viable excuse to miss work. You should just ‘take something’ and tough it out. That’s much easier said than done in some cases.

    Absorbine Jr. is a natural pain reliever that helps alleviate muscle and joint pain. Many of the thousands of chronic pain sufferers benefit from the relief Absorbine Jr. offers. Find the same trusted pain relieving ingredients in the clear liquid, patches or cream. Absorbine Jr. Plus is the maximum strength formula for severe pain. Try Absorbine Jr. Plus today for your pain.

  9. Materia Medica On Muscle Aches And Tension

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    Muscle pain affects almost everyone at some point in their lives. Whether your muscle pain is the result of an injury, a chronic condition such as arthritis, or over use of your muscles from working, finding an effective means of relieving your pain can be a challenge. There are several options for coping with muscle aches and tension including oral pain relievers, topical muscle pain relief ointments, or homeopathic alternatives. But how do you decide which option is best for you?

    You may be considering turning to conventional pain relievers such as pills for your muscle aches. Though anti-inflammatory drugs can be an effective means of relieving the pain, they also have risks such as potential damage to your stomach lining, interactions with other drugs that you may be taking, or the potential for allergic reactions. Long term use of oral pain relievers can result in a tolerance to the medication and a need for greater doses in order to get the same level of relief. Some oral pain relief options can also easily cause liver damage if you accidentally overdose. But you can avoid the risks surrounding the use of oral pain relievers by choosing a more natural alternative.

    Another option for relieving your muscle aches and tension is topical muscle pain relief ointments. There are two different types of topical pain relievers available: conventional and natural/homeopathic.

    Conventional topical ointments tend to have a very strong smell that often times leaves the user feeling as if the odor is offensive. This type of ointment also wears off too quickly and leaves you with lingering pain.

    Natural and homeopathic topical muscle pain relief options are also available. These options are very effective, have less odor than their conventional counterparts, have no side effects, don’t interact with any other medications, and are the safest option available today.

    Absorbine Jr Plus has been used by people suffering with muscle aches and tension for more than one hundred years. From farmers to athletes this product successfully relieves muscle pain anywhere it is applied.

  10. Top Tips For Pain Relief From Arthritis

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    Arthritis is a wide-ranging issue, with reports of over 40 million Americans suffering from this condition. While painkillers and other drugs are often used to help ease the problem, many people would rather not go that route to find arthritis pain relief.

    If this sounds like you, here are some top tips for arthritis pain relief which you can easily practice for yourself:

    Lose weight

    If your arthritis pain is particularly affecting your knees, ankles or feet, weight loss is recommended as it will result in less pressure and strain being placed on the joints. As little as 10 pounds lost can show results.

    Get some exercise

    Though it may seem counterintuitive, getting exercise is a great way to achieve arthritis pain relief. Exercising in water is easiest on joints, but if this isn’t possible, simply walking a little further every day will help. Still, stick to a moderate exercise plan and don’t overdo it or else you could end up doing more damage.

    Stretch throughout the day

    If you find yourself repeating the same motions throughout the day, take time out every hour or two to rest, and to stretch and move your body in a different way. This is especially critical for people who work in jobs which leave them sitting for most of their time.

    Add healthy fats

    Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties similar to those found in NSAIDs. 2,000-3,000 mg a day should do the trick to help you find pain relief. You can get this via supplements and by eating fatty fish such as salmon.

    Get some sunshine

    Vitamin D is proven to play a key role in bone health. Make it a point to get some sunshine every day, or add foods to your diet that are rich in Vitamin D such as milk, eggs, cheese and sardines.

    Use topical pain relief

    For years, topical pain relievers have been providing arthritis pain relief. Absorbine Jr. Plus, for example, has been used for over 100 years and is still going strong. It doesn’t have the same telltale smell as other topical pain treatments and is much safer than drugs and painkillers.

    Arthritis can range in severity from a nuisance to a nearly debilitating condition. But with the addition of healthy habits as well as with the help of products like Absorbine Jr. Plus, it no longer has to hold you back from living comfortably.