Product Type: Diomed Developments Ltd in Health Therapies / Treatments
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4head quick strip for migraine
Member Name: louisechackett
Advantages: help with a bad headache, last quite well,not a bad price for infrequent use
Disadvantages: can't wear them out and about
I used to suffer really badly with migraines when I was younger and was on medication for them quite often. As I got older I didn't really want to take too many pain killers because I do believe you can become reliant on them and also get used to them and so they don't work as they should anyway. Obviously sometimes I do still get migraines but I like to try and manage them with normal pain killers and natural methods if I can which is how I came to purchase some 4head quick strip for migraine relief.
4head is a brand which offer ways in which you can try and treat headaches and migraine without resorting to the use of traditional pain relief or which you can use along side pain relief as well. They have a 4head menthol stick which you can use to apply to pressure points and the forehead when a headache strikes and I always found this quite good and so when I saw the 4head quick strips in the chemist I decided to get some in to try for when I had a particularly nasty headache.
The strips come in a bright pink cardboard box packaging which I immediately recognised as part of the 4head brand and so I think they did a good job with packaging this so people who have used the brand before will notice it on the shelf. The box tells us that the quick strips offer fast relief for migraine and there is a picture of a woman with one of the strips on her head so you can get an idea of what they look like! We are told that the strips are dual action and will offer instant cooling relief for migraine and severe headaches and will also help to relax tense head and neck muscles.
In the pack that I bought I got four strips but I believe you can buy them in packs of eight too. Inside the box there are two sachet style packs each of which contains two of the quick strips for use. The packaging they come in means they are handy for transporting should you feel the need as well.
To use the product you should open up the top of one of the sachets and remove one of the strips. The strip is basically a hydro gel strip which is formulated to make it feel cool and soothing on the head whilst also containing levomenthol which works with the analgesic feeling of coldness and helps to relax muscles in the head and neck for instant cooling relief without the need for oral medication. As I said earlier I don't always want to resort to pain killers when I have a headache and so these can be a good option but I have to say I have found that in most cases when I reach for these the headache is severe enough to warrant pain killers as well.
When you want to use one of these strips you need to peel off the backing paper off the strip and then apply it to wherever you feel the pain. I find it can be quite handy when I have a tense headache to just cut the strip in to smaller pieces so that I can apply some on my temples and the rest of the strip on my forehead but in some occasions I will just apply the whole strip to my forehead. I determine where to place the strip depending on where the pain is and I think this is a really handy thing to be able to do. You can actually place these strips on the back of the neck too if you are feeling tense there but this isn't something that I have had to use them for. You should not try and use the product over the eyes or eyelids, nostrils or mouth or on any broken skin but I think that is all common sense stuff anyway!
When you pop the strip on to your head you will find it is instantly cooling and this is without the need for any refrigeration as well. There is a definite menthol smell to the strips and I think inhaling this also helps soothe a headache as well. What is great is these strips stay in place really well and so I will sometimes pop one on and then climb in bed to try and sleep off a bad headache and they don't just fall off as soon as my head hits the pillow though will be off if I sleep with one off as I am quite a fidgety sleeper! The strips say they stay cool for up to six hours but I have found that in some cases I can pop one on in the morning that I had on the night before and it will still have a cooling effect! When I have one of these strips on my head when I have a headache I do think they are comparable to the days when I used to wet a flannel and lie with it over my eyes but this has the added benefits of the levomenthol which seems to be as equally soothing for me.
These strips are suitable for those aged twelve years and older as well as those people who are pregnant or breast feeding and may need to avoid pain relief which is really helpful I think. I personally think they are a really good option for when you do get struck with a particularly nasty headache and I find that although they do work best along side some paracetamol or something that when I use these I don't need to reach for really strong pain killers which I would have done in the past. They are so easy to use as well and leave no residue on the skin from the gel strip and as far as I can tell the only negative to this product is you can hardly walk round Tesco's with one of them stuck to your head for example as you would look rather silly but in all honesty when I get hit with the kind of headache that I would use these for I don't really want to go anywhere anyway!
A pack of four of these will cost you around £3-£3.50 but they do last a good while given you don't need to use them with every headache and so I think they are a good buy personally and would certainly buy them again.
Thank you for reading my review!
Summary: A good product to use when a severe headache strikes
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