The quality of life friendship quoteThe quality of life is more important than life itself.

Alexis Carrel

As girlfriends, we’re to be there for each other. So, when she ‘hurts,’ we ‘hurt,’ right? We share our women’s wisdom on ways to make like better – be it ‘de-stressing with friend time’ to a literal ‘pain-in-the-back.’ We care about each others’ quality of life!

My girlfriend Paula ‘hurts.’ 20+ years ago she was a nurse. At that time, nurses often did a lot of the heavy lifting with patients. If they needed to be moved or literally a ‘shoulder to lean on,’ nurses were there for them. Now, decades later, she feels the pain from that profession – she has frequent back pain which impacts her quality of life.

So, when I heard about a new product for pain, I knew just the girlfriend to give it to! I knew whose ‘quality of life’ would be better with a solution to her pain.

The product is the one and only OTC pain patch that is FDA approved and clinically proven – it’s the NEW Salonpas®  Pain Relieving PatchThere’s more information on the product below.

Paula and I both tried to the patch. (I have some back pain too – basically from life!) The patch is beige, stretchy fabric and comes in a variety of sizes. It sticks to your skin and instantly warms up. It wasn’t burning at all – just warm and relaxing. We both loved it and thought it was helpful in relieving the pain in our backs.

Which, by the way, isn’t’ the only place the Salonpas Patch can be used. It is also recommended for arthritis pain, joint pain, neck and shoulder pain, sprains, and all the aches and pains that would be soothing to be topically treated.

Below is the product info per the manufacturer (including how to get a free sample!). As we always share on Girlfriendology, this post was sponsored but all thoughts and opinions are my own. We only recommend products that we would genuinely share with a friend.

Hisamitsu America, a division of Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical Co., Inc., and the manufacturers of Salonpas,, the one and only OTC pain patch that is FDA approved and clinically proven, maintains their commitment to providing industry leading, topical analgesic solutions with the launch of the NEW Salonpas®  Pain Relieving PatchThe new latex-freeSalonpas® Pain Relieving Patch (MSRP: $10.99), featuring beige stretchable fabric with rounder corners, includes 60 larger size patches, enhanced adhesion, peel resistance and improved effectiveness.

“We developed this NEW Pain Relieving Patch to improve the patch user’s experience while maintaining great value,” said John Incledon, President & CEO, Hisamitsu America. “These patches are 20% larger than the original patches and allow for quicker skin permeation of Methyl Salicylate which is an important performance factor in reducing pain quickly.”

The NEW Salonpas® Pain Relieving Patch is available at leading retailers nationwide.   This convenient and versatile patch includes three active ingredients, camphor (3.1%), menthol (10%) and methyl salicylate (15%), which provides temporary relief of minor aches and pains

Salonpas is offering free samples of the product at