Physical pain, while useful as a symptom signalling problems, can reach the point where it interferes with normal living. Depending on the type of pain, different pain management options may work best. For general pain or more internal pain such as a headache, ingestible pain medicine can work well. For localised pain such as muscle strains and bruises, a topical application of medicine to the specific area of pain may be more appropriate. Salonpas, a type of over-the-counter, topical application, is one such option for localised pain.