Few people look to their muscles when dealing with chronic pain, but your muscles create more pain and eventually damage then anything else in your body. Every time you move, you are causing your muscles to shorten and get hard. This shortening causes you to lose spacing in your joints, causing the joints to dry out leaving you with joint pain. All the ointments do help in the short term, but no more than Novacaine from your dentist when you have a toothache. Learning how to release your muscles will improve your joint health by lubricating your joints and giving you the freedom to move as you like.