If you are experiencing minor aches and pains, you may want to try Biofreeze, a cold therapy product. The product is made from menthol, a compound that provides immediate relief and reduces inflammation. This type of pain relief is commonly used for sports-related injuries, muscle strains, and arthritis. It is easy to apply and is a safe, alternative form of pain relief. However, before using the product, it is important to read the directions.
Depending on how severe the pain is, you may only need to use Biofreeze a few times a day. Some people experience a negative reaction to the product, such as swelling of the lips, tongue, or face. You should also avoid applying the product to open wounds, such as burns or ulcers. In addition, you should keep it away from your eyes.
Biofreeze works by blocking pain signals from reaching the brain. When the pain receptors in your body are activated by trauma or stress, the signal gets sent to the brain. To combat this, the product contains menthol, which blocks the pain signal from reaching the brain and triggers the release of vasodilation, a process that dilates the blood vessels to ease discomfort.
Biofreeze has been extensively studied in labs and clinics. A clinical study was conducted to assess its effects on people with low back pain. Thirty-six subjects were randomly assigned to an experimental or control group. They were given the product at least twice a day for four weeks. Researchers measured the pain in the subjects’ lower backs using the Roland Morris Disability Questionnaire (RMDQ).
The active ingredients in Biofreeze include menthol, camphor, and ilex. Menthol is a component of the mint family and is responsible for the counter-irritant effect. Camphor is a natural, antiseptic agent that also has numbing properties. Ilex is an herbal extract that is also absorbed by the skin.
Biofreeze can be applied to the skin in a variety of ways, including a roll-on preparation, a gel, or a spray. You can also place the product on a hard surface, such as your palms, and massage it in circular motions to the affected area. Although the product can be applied directly to the skin, it should be kept away from your nose and ears. Applying the product to your ears or nose may lead to an allergic reaction.
You can use Biofreeze patches to provide relief from painful joints and muscular strains. The patches have a gentle formulation and flexible fabric design that makes them ideal for large areas. They are manufactured with USP-grade ingredients. These products are designed to be effective for up to eight hours.
Biofreeze is not recommended for children younger than 12 years old. Also, you should not apply the product to your ears or nose if you have an allergy to salicylate medicines. Those with diabetes should also consult a physician before using the product.
The manufacturer of Biofreeze, Performance Health Inc., Export, PA, has participated in all FDA-required research studies. It is available only through healthcare professionals.