How Physical Therapy, Acupressure Mats, & CBD Helped My Pain / Carmen Varner // Travel Influencer, Blogging Coach, Social Media Consultant

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How Physical Therapy, Acupressure Mats, & CBD Helped My Pain

This post is sponsored by CBDMEDIC but the content & opinions expressed here are my own.

When I was a kiddo, I lived my life thinking I was invincible. The scratches, scrapes, & stitches of childhood molded me. Each scar told its own story. And yet, those cool little tales become more troublesome, more worrisome as you get older. You don't heal as well or as quickly or as fully. An old college injury left me searching for ways to curb the pain: physical therapy, acupressure mats, CBD.


In university, I twisted around to crack my back, something I'd done probably 3 billion times before, but this time was different. Something clicked, cracked, moved in my back. An inhale or an exhale felt as if a brick slammed against glass, an explosion of sharp agony. I remember being at an outdoor event with my peers & trying to keep the tears in. 

Luckily, my school campus had adequate healthcare services & I ended up doing an entire semester of weekly physical therapy sessions with state-of-the-art technology for around $60 bucks total. The ache subsided. I graduated the next semester. I could breathe easy, literally. But, as I said, those injuries don't just vanish. It's still there all these years later. I still feel a dull discomfort.


It's there in a ball of tightness in my right shoulder blade. It's there when Fred places his arm on my shoulder as we cuddle at night & I have to gently move his hand a few inches so my scapula doesn't spasm.

While the soreness didn't go away completely, physical therapy genuinely made a huge difference. My acupressure mat & pillow (a mat with tiny spikes on it) relieve tension & curb muscle spasms. CBDMEDIC helps me the same way but has the added advantage of being able to use it on-the-go. 


I'm not busting out my acupressure mat in the middle of a press trip hiking through Central California, but I can easily squirt a pea-sized amount of CBDMEDIC Back & Neck Pain Relief into my hand to warm it up. I rub it on my shoulder blade. The scent releases immediately. Potent & invigorating. The smell reminds me of the minty gum my Nana used to always carry around in her handbag.

You'll start to feel the effects within 60 seconds; I know because I timed it. :]


I've tried quite a few CBD salves, balms, rubs, ointments, but CBDMEDIC is unique because the tingly feeling actually gives me a bit of extended relief. It's a soothing diversion. I've been working at my laptop for the past 90 minutes & I still feel the tranquilizing sensation. My shoulder doesn't feel tense, it feels open. It's genuinely effective & the natural ingredients are pretty swoon-worthy.

Menthol, camphor, argan oil, coconut oil (MCT oil), cottonseed oil, frankincense oil, hemp oil (THC-free), honeysuckle oil, jojoba seed oil, & myrrh oil. *Insert the drooling emoji & heart eyes emoji & maybe a couple plant emojis*


CBDMEDIC developed & manufactured their products with 15 years of pharmaceutical experience. Don't sweat. CBDMEDIC Back & Neck Pain Relief & Active Sport™ Pain Relief are made from CBD hemp oil. THC-free, safe, & legal. Check, check, & check!


CBD helps people feel better, feel less pain, & feel some relief. If you haven't tried CBD yet, I encourage you to do some research to see if it's something that might work for you. Find out about CBDMEDIC's other products, lurk the ingredient list, & learn more about their story by visiting the CBDMEDIC website & at select CVS locations.

Have you tried CBD products? What about CBDMEDIC? How rad are the ingredients?! Do you have a stupid injury story too or is it just me?! Please say it isn't so. :]

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