You step off a curb and twist your ankle. You bend over to pick up a heavy object and feel a weird twinge in your lower back.
Most of us know that we need to apply ice to muscle strains and sprains ASAP. But many tend to skip this important step that reduces swelling and speeds the healing time. Why do we do this?
Ice is cold, it is uncomfortable, and can often cause pain to intensify before numbing the area. No wonder you want to skip that ice pack!
Ice-o-phobes Let Me Introduce You To Biofreeze
BIOFREEZE Pain Relieving Gel is an analgesic cold gel or spray that can be used alone and in conjunction with ice therapy. A study conducted on people who had acute (sudden) non-complicated neck pain (pain was determined to be soft tissue) showed that Biofreeze decreased the pain nearly two times more than ice. Not only did it substantially decrease neck pain, but the diminished pain lasted 9 – 10 times longer than those people who were treated with ice.
Don’t Throw Away The Ice Packs or Bags of Frozen Peas!
Although Biofreeze does relieve pain better than an ice pack, ice is still recommended if the injured area is experiencing swelling. It is not known if Biofreeze is as effective on swelling from an acute injury as the traditional ice pack.
But Don’t Despair!
What Biofreeze will do is eliminate the shock of placing an ice pack on a new injury. Upon application, Biofreeze immediately goes to work cooling and numbing the area. Apply Biofreeze to the area first, wait 5 minutes and then apply the ice pack. Doing this will ease the discomfort of the ice pack. There is no longer reason to fear the ice!
Using Biofreeze In Massage Therapy and as a Massage Therapist
I often use Biofreeze in my massage therapy practice. When a client arrives complaining of sudden onset pain I immediately apply Biofreeze. This accomplishes two goals: First, it immediately relieves the pain making the client more comfortable. Secondly, it allows the area to be worked more comfortably to relieve the muscle spasm.
After a day of work as a massage therapist, I apply Biofreeze, wait 5 minutes and then ice my hands for 10 minutes. This helps reduce and eliminate achiness and inflammation in my hands allowing me to get up pain free the next day and massage again!
When To Use Biofreeze Cold Therapy:
- As soon as possible anytime there is a question of possible muscle strain or sprain. This will decrease the pain, help maintain mobility, reduce heat and may help reduce inflammation.
- It is great for weekend warriors, desk jockeys, people who are on their feet all day, anyone who suffers with daily or occasional muscle strain and overuse.
- Consider Biofreeze if you are arthritis suffer. Many people with arthritis claim that Biofreeze works better when joints are swollen. Once the swelling recedes they will switch to heat therapy. Remember if you try this to make sure to wait several hours and wash the area thoroughly to avoid a reaction.
- It can be used up to 4 times in a 24 hour period.
When Not To Use Biofreeze:
- If you are unsure if there is a broken bone or internal bleeding. Go to the doctor!
- Do not use on wounds, sores, rashes or burns
- Do not use around the eye or nose area
- NEVER EVER use with any type of heat therapy. At best the heat will null the cold therapy effect. At worst you could end up with a nasty rash or burn!
Recommended for Personal Use
Biofreeze in one product I think everyone should keep on hand for sudden muscle strains and injury. You will also find that if you apply Biofreeze before using ice, you will be much more likely to use ice!
Recommended for Professional Use
Clients love Biofreeze! It can be used to help immediately reduce pain from an acute muscle injury. It is also useful after some applications of deep tissue work, stretches or exercise to help relieve discomfort and sooth an overworked area. It is an item I recommend for every pro that works with soft tissues.