i just got done applying some, and thought i'd share some of my relief with you all. out of desperation one day, i bought a tube of Aspercreme, and i have to say, it really helps! it's not a miracle, by any means, but i think i'd be lost without it now. my neck and shoulder muscles get extremely tense and painful, along with my joints (my shoulders right now). even after taking my pain meds and muscle relaxers, i still have alot of pain from the tension (and who knows what else!) well that's when i pull out the Aspercreme, i rub it directly over the sore areas, and voila! some relief! just thought i'd pass on a little tip that works for me, i hope it works for you. best wishes to everyone!