“ Brand: C.M.S / Type: Cooling spray / Dosage Form: Spray „
I suffer from back pain on and off and like to use external remedies where possible for pain relief. My back pain is caused by muscle spasms after my back was left weak after a problem I had, I have had the pain checked by a GP and physio so know it is not something more serious. The pain is in my lower back, and sometimes goes into the hip too, although I also sometimes get pain in my upper back. I have had success using both heat and cold sprays in relieving the pain so decided to try the bargain bucket Supercool freeze spray from c.m.s which I got from Poundland.
To use the spray, you spray it onto the affected area for 3 seconds, you can put it onto the same area a second time if the pain is really bad. It's easy to use and feels cold when it goes on. It has a fairly strong spray, a bit like cough medicines which lingers on the skin but is not nearly as pungent as the likes of deep heat. The only ingredient in the spray is denatured alcohol.
With other cold sprays and gels then the area becomes really cold over a period of around 10 minutes after using them but with the Supercool Freeze spray this did not happen. After the initial application which felt cold, but not icy cold, this kind of lingered for a little while but the cold sensation did not develop or penetrate into the muscles. The spray was almost useless at relieving the pain, I tried it several times and each application was the same.
Most of the time, the cheaper medicines work as well as bigger brands but in the case of the c.m.s supercool freeze spray this did not happen. It is next to useless at relieving pain so is best left on the shelf.
I normally stay clear of 'bathroom cabinet' products by companies that I've never heard of. I don't want to put something on my body that's not by a reputable company - or at the very least a well-known one. But after some serious gardening my shoulder was giving me some grief so I went to my local corner store (a Co-op) to see if they had anything to spray it with. They had Supercool Freeze Spray by a company called CMS. Now I'd never heard of them but at the princely sum of £1-25 I figured that I didn't have much to lose.
It's a 150 ml dark blue and white traditional spray can with a pop-off top and a white, push-down nozzle. Even though it claims to be made in Yorkshire the blurb on the back is in very badly-worded English. For example under General Suggestions it says: "Care for yourself and enjoy the cooling sensation of Supercool. A perfect compliment to sports, holidays and home." However it says to hold the can 20 cm away from the skin and give it a three second burst. You can apply it again if required.
I sprayed my shoulder and immediately it felt cold. Not icy cold but cold enough to relieve the pain. It also felt very wet with some of the spray running down my back in little icy rivers. Not pleasant, but it dried up very quickly. The can claims that using it too much might lead to frostbite. Seriously? No chance. It's cold, but not that cold.
All of these kind of sprays smell quite strongly and this one is no exception. It's not an unpleasant smell - menthol and mint - but it does linger in the room and can take your breath away a little. Try to open a window when you use it if you can. Strangely the smell didn't stay on my skin for long though and by the time I'd got dressed and left the house it had pretty much gone. Certainly nobody's ever commented on it like they do with some other similar products (maybe people you know are much too polite to say anything?).
I have to say that it was quite effective. It took the pain away pretty much instantly and kept it at bay for a good few hours. I've used much better and longer-lasting pain relief sprays and gel rubs but this did an adequate job.
I've used this can quite a bit since then and it has been just as effective although, now that I'm getting to the bottom of the can the relief and icy feeling doesn't seem to last as long. Still, it was good while it lasted. I'd recommend this spray if you can't get hold of anything better or you're tight for cash. For the price it's been much better than I'd expected.
C.M.S. also do a similar heat spray for those who prefer that kind of treatment.
For the past two weeks I had been suffering from what I've put down to, muscle strain. I've always been confused about strains and sprains, I've never really known the difference between the two. So I decided to check it out, apparently:
A strain is an injury to either a muscle or a tendon, the tissue that connects muscles to bones. Depending on how severe the injury, a strain could be a simple overstretch of the muscle or tendon, or it could result in a partial or complete tear.
A sprain is an injury to a ligament, the tough tissue that connects bones to other bones. A ligament injury is caused by stretching or tearing of this tissue.
On finding this information, I decided it was indeed a strain, that I needed to find some pain relief for. I don't know how on earth anyone can strain any muscles when they don't do anything. But I needed to find something to take away the pain I was experiencing, as it just got worse as each day passed. I spotted this C.M.S. super cool freeze spray for 99 pence at Wilkos, I wasn't expecting much for that price, but I decided to give it a go.
--C.M.S super cool freeze spray--
You get 150 ml of freeze spray, in the canister. Which smells, I can only describe as a strong medicinal smell, not to pleasant either.
By holding the canister 20 cm away you should spray for 3 seconds on the affected area or areas, then should leave it to dry. If you are still experiencing pain after spraying once, you can repeat, a second time. However, you are recommended to not use the spray more than twice on the same area, as this can cause frost bite. It is advisable to not spray onto any cut or blistered areas, and do not spray near your eyes or mouth. There is no age limit as to who can and cannot use the spray stated, so I guess it would be up to the individual, if they wanted to use the spray on children. Personally I would consult my GP before using on a child.
The spray contains Denatured Ethanol and the product is described as instant healthcare, baring all the usual "Highly flammable" labels.
The spray costs around £1.00, as I said I paid 99p for my spray from Wilkinsons.
The muscle/muscles I strained were around my right shoulder blade and the only way I think I could have possibly caused this strain, is due to sitting at the computer for hours on end, I also don't think walking to work and back each day, in the horrible cold wind has helped either.
I chose this spray as I'm extremely limited in what pain relief products I can take, due to the medication I am on for my RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis).
My husband had to spray my back, as I couldn't reach the affected area. I was in a lot of pain and was in no mood for joking around, however my husband decided, because my top half was completely exposed, he'd take his time in using the spray, I can assure you I was in no mood for larking around. Anyway, eventually my back was sprayed, that made him back off as he couldn't stand the smell of it, the smell didn't really bother me that much as my whole shoulder blade area was starting to feel numb and very cold. I don't know if it was psychological or not, but the pain did ease somewhat, I didn't feel it necessary for a second spraying. I slept a lot better that night as well. The next morning I was still experiencing the pain so I continued with the spray, again the same effect as the night before.
I needed to use the spray for a couple of days, I can honestly say it helped ease the pain quite a lot. The strain felt better after a few days anyway and I was grateful for the relief the C.M.S super cool freeze spray had given me, and for just 99p I was impressed.
I give this spray 4 stars as it did help ease the pain I was experiencing.
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I am always on the look out for products to help me with my aches and pains. I suffer with sciatica and have a problem with a couple of discs in my spine to which I'm having investigated and soon am about to start physiotherapy.
I take conventional medication for it all from the doctor however I like to try and help further aliviate my aches and pains whenever possible as well with more natural remedies.
My cupboards are full of devil's claw gel, arnica cream...you name it I've tried it yet wandering around Wilkinsons one day I spotted a woman buying cans upon cans of this and the heat spray and curious I asked her if it was any good. She had a bad back and used a stick and told me she thought it was fantastic, me I was suspicious considering it was only 99p a can however she was very convincing so I picked up a couple to make sure that this wasn't a not so secret wonder product that was gonna sell out fast and I wouldn't be able to get hold of it!
What you get is a blue and white can with a shadow of what appears to be a mans back on there and a target symbol in white and we are told that it is C.M.S Supercool Freeze Spray and that it is 150ml in size. On the back of the can other information listed includes directions for use and suggestions on how to use it, cautions are listed as are the ingredients (Denatured Ethanol) and contact details for C.M.S are given. The lid is dark blue plastic and pulls off and on with ease and under that there is a white plastic push button aeresol spray button. Nice enough, medical looking can this is, easy enough to hold and to use it too.
Me Using The Freeze Spray:
To use this all you are meant to do is hold it 20cm away from the area to be treated for a maximum of 3 seconds and then allow it to dry. Obviously the less you spray the drier you are and I find 3 seconds makes me rather wet however it does dry rather fast and it isn't sticky or skin drying or anything like that at all to be fair to it.
I spray this on my achilles heel and my back and some areas on my legs and being none medical type of thing I can use this whenever I want to and there is no limit to how many times a day I can use it which is good!
However the smell of this is completely rancid so don't go putting this on before you leave your house. It is a bit minty and highly menthol fragranced and spraying to much of this makes me and my flatmate gag! That smell once sprayed really does linger in a room and on your skin believe me.
It goes on cold opposed to freezing and then after a couple of seconds of feeling cold, goes slightly warm and gives a mild but comfortable enough tingling feeling and then wears off. It's that simple. In short it doesn't offer long term relief to me at all sadly and I can't believe that woman in Wilkinsons believed it to be as good as she seemed to think it was cos on me, on any aches and pains it simply isn't effective.
Like I say it goes on cold but then thats the effects given over with and so all I'm left with is feeling and being stinky!
Not for me this one sadly and I really did have high hopes it wouold be brilliant after such a recomendation! Never miind though at least it only cost me 99p a can!
Available in Wilkinsons at 99p a can.
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