Product Type: Mentholatum in Health Therapies / Treatments
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Mentholatum Deep Heat Patch
Member Name: jeffjen
Mentholatum Deep Heat Patch
Advantages: Helps relieve joint and muscle pain. Can be purchased as a single patch.
Disadvantages: May not work for everyone and could do with being more adhesive.
Whilst I have heard of and bought Deep Heat gel in the past, I only noticed these patches for the first time a few months ago when looking for pain relief for my partner who was experiencing back pain.
As he had been using a hot water bottle to provide some relief, I thought maybe applying one of these patches would be beneficial, as well as providing pain relief too. Also, wearing a patch would be easier than carrying a hot water bottle around.
Available as a single patch or in a multi-pack, I decided to buy just the one single patch for my partner to try before buying more.
A couple of months back when I was diagnosed with a frozen shoulder, I also decided to purchase one for myself and both my partner's experience and my own experience of this product, proved to be quite different.
The patches come in a plastic packet ready to use and are recommended to be used for the effective relief of muscular aches and pains, joint stiffness, backache, strains and sprains.
They are advertised as odourless and non-staining and will provide up to 8 hours of warmth.
When my partner used one of these patches a few months back, he didn't rate them very highly at all and told me not to bother buying anymore.
He had trouble getting the patch to remain stuck to his lower back, as it seemed to come loose fairly quickly which may have been caused by natural muscle movement, but it didn't seem to be stuck as securely as I thought it should be when applied. I had actually applied it to my partner's back myself and expected it to be more adhesive than it was.
My partner was expecting to feel an almost intense heat, but he said he was fairly disappointed as he just felt a slight warmth and it didn't provide much relief for him. He persevered with it for a few hours, but it would not stick securely and wasn't really doing much for him at all. Hence to say he resorted to the hot water bottle again.
I would never have purchased these again, except my doctor actually mentioned them to me when I was diagnosed with a frozen shoulder. Although I was prescribed pain relief, she also mentioned the type of exercise I should do, use of hot water bottles and maybe these patches before being referred to physio and as a last resort, an injection.
A frozen shoulder can linger for 18 months and longer, even up to a few years and so I was keen to do all I could to make it more comfortable, so I bought another patch.
The pain in my shoulder seemed to be all around my shoulder and in the muscles around and under my arm, but I applied the patch to the back of my shoulder, where I was experiencing the most discomfort at the time.
The patch seemed to stick better than it had to my partner's back and it remained in place, but by the end of 8 hours it had came slightly loose in one corner.
The heat from the patch was also satisfactory and indeed I was pleased it didn't actually feel any warmer than it did or it may have actually been too uncomfortable.
The warmth provided me with some comforting relief which lasted around 4 - 5 hours before it began to cool, but I would say this patch provided relief for around 6 - 7 hours. I left it on for 8 hours, but by then I couldn't actually feel any warmth or relief from the patch anymore.
I did buy some more of these patches and used them regularly as I found they were helping me to manage my pain and discomfort, but in my partner's case he didn't find them useful at all. Therefore to sum up, I would say these are definitely worth a try, but just buy a single patch first and see if they work for you. The one thing I would say however, is that they could do with being a little more adhesive.
My frozen shoulder now appears to be slowly on the mend and although I still have restricted movement, I am not getting as much pain. These patches were of help to me though, when the symptoms were at their worst.
A single patch should cost you under £2. I purchased mine from Morrisons supermarket, but they are widely available and also can be purchased online. They are also available in multi-packs.
Summary: Worth a try to provide relief from pain and discomfort, but may not work for everybody.