Are you looking for a way to speed up your recovery from injury or sore muscles? Biofreeze is a pain relieving gel that provides the same effect as ice, in a convenient, portable form that doesn’t tie you down.
Biofreeze can be used before or after physical activity, and provides up to several hours of relief from pain. It’s also available in a convenient spray form, making it easy to apply on the go. If you’re looking for an alternative to ice that will help you recover faster and get back to your normal activities, Biofreeze is a great option.
What is Biofreeze
Biofreeze is an analgesic that is useful for treating not only sprains and sore muscles, but also arthritis and other types of joint pain. It comes in gel, spray or roll-on form, and is a type of cryotherapy (cold therapy). Its active ingredient is menthol (from the mint family of plants), which causes your brain to interpret the nerve signals being sent as a sensation of cold, triggering a reduction in inflammation.
1. Biofreeze can help relieve pain from various sources including: sprains, sore muscles, arthritis, and other joint pain. It is often used on the back, knee, ankle, elbow, shoulder, foot, hand or neck.
2. It comes in many different forms, gel, spray, roll-on, patch, pen, foam, pump and more so you can find what works best for you.
3. The active ingredient is menthol which triggers a reduction in inflammation when absorbed by the skin.
4. You can find Biofreeze at most pharmacies or online retailers. It is not generally sold as OTC (over the counter).
5. Be sure to follow the directions on the package for best results.
If you are looking for a pain relief option that does not involve taking medication, then Biofreeze may be a good choice for you. It is important to remember that it is not a cure for any condition, but can help provide temporary relief. Always consult with your healthcare provider before using any new product, especially if you have a medical condition.
How Does Biofreeze Work?
The cold therapy of Biofreeze works by numbing the area and interfering with pain signals traveling to the brain. Its menthol also induces vasodilation, which increases blood flow to the injury, allowing cellular waste products to be swept away more efficiently and for healing oxygen and nutrients to be delivered to the cells.
Biofreeze contains a variety of herbal ingredients with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.
Ilex Paraguariensis (also known as Yerba mate, a plant native to South America with antioxidant properties)
These have been used for centuries to treat tissue injuries, inflammation caused by strains, bruising and sprains.
When you should avoid use of Biofreeze
Biofreeze should not be used on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, irritated or broken skin. It is also advised not to cover treated skin with a bandage or expose it to heat from a hot tub, heating pad or sauna. Application of Biofreeze before taking a bath/shower is discouraged within 1 hour and 30 minutes respectively. Be sure to wash your hands after application and avoid contact with eyes nose and other sensitive areas.
If you’re looking for a convenient, portable way to speed up your recovery from injury or sore muscles, Biofreeze is a great option. It comes in many different applications and its active ingredient is menthol, which causes your brain to interpret the nerve signals being sent as a sensation of cold.
Biofreeze can be applied to the skin up to four times a day. It can also be helpful before any type of therapy, such as chiropractic care or physical therapy.
Be sure to follow the directions on the package for best results or consult your practitioner at Total Vitality Medical Group for more information or questions about use.
Dr. Adam Rosoff is a Chiropractic Physician at Total Vitality Medical Group. Dr. Rosoff has helped thousands of patients by utilizing the most current evidence-based approach. Dr. Rosoff earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and went on to earn his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic.