I get injured a lot. Maybe it’s age, maybe I overdo it or maybe I’m not properly warmed up. Who knows? But at least once a month I need to self-prescribe myself RICE.
Ice is cold therapy – or “cryotherapy” – the practice of applying something cold to the source of pain. For years, Cold therapy has been used to reduce pain, swelling and nerve activity using ice, cold packs, and ice baths. I’ve never tried an ice bath. Sounds excruciating. Bad enough getting an unexpected blast of cold water when in the shower.
There are some disadvantages to ice, stiffness, skin irritation, temporary pain and numbness, and the fact that it requires inactivity during application. Not really feasible for a busy Dad.
Biofreeze offers the benefits of ice. It’s a topical analgesic that uses the cooling effect of menthol, a natural pain reliever, to soothe minor muscle and joint pain. It reduces arterial blood flow to the applied area while increasing circulation in the skin. In a study of Biofreeze vs ice on acute uncomplicated neck pain, Biofreeze was found to be:
- Nearly twice as powerful in relieving pain
- Substantially more comfortable and convenient
- Longer-lasting in 9 out of 10 patients
- Generally preferred
I like ice cubes and ice packs but sometimes it’s just not convenient. I tried other topical analgesics but Biofreeze is my favourite by far. It doesn’t have an overpowering scent, it’s fast drying and long lasting.