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Owwww... relief, I need relief! is usually what my brain is telling me after rigorous training sessions on the track, running, or just general wear and tear from day to day living, this is where Bell's Muscle Rub likes to work it's magic.
First impressions of Bell's Muscle Rub is that it definately stands out on the shelves, it can be found in many stores across the UK especially the bargainy type stores that sell just about anything, it is definately one of those one pound products, so it doesn't look too snazzy, it's a red box with yellow writing and the 'Bell's logo in white writing, on the front it claims to alievate pain in joints and muscles, the packaging itself really is nothing special, but I suppose it doesn't have to be really for what it is, Bell's are a renowned brand that have built their reputation by being around for so long and building a reputation off the back of their product.
===Taking a look inside..===
It is a metallic tube which offers one of those convenient lids with a point in it which helps pierce the metal film so that the gooey stuff can come out. Ouch!, I cry after a 10 mile run, I am thoroughly shattered and my calves are killing me!, no problem, I pop some of this one and gently rub for about 15 seconds, it doesn't rub on straight away and has a consistency I can only describe as 'thick and gloopey', it does smell very herbally though and clearly has infused oils which make up the active ingredients that are in the gel which are supposed to help with muscle fatigue, again I cannot be certain of the ingredients efficacy although I do know that my calves feel much better after rubbing some of this stuff in, the smell can be quite strong and may be offputting to some, but it does fade relatively quickly, I have to wash my hands after using this as it can be quite messy and become a sticky mess if you do not rub it in properly.
===Overall thoughts on Bell's Muscle Rub===
I bought this some time ago but I am certain I paid no more than a pound for it, it's one of those inexpensive age-old products that actually work like Sudocrem and Brylcreem they are brands that have survived in britain for decades and everyone is aware of them, I would recommend it to those who take part in regular physical exercise, and whilst I am not certain wether the massaging or the gel or a combination of both is responsible for the relief I am certain that when applied to my calves they feel much much better!, would I recommend this to others? most certainly, are there better products out there?, most probably, but few that are as cheap, renowned, and reliable as Bell's Muscle Rub!
At some point in life, we all suffer with aches and pains, and sometimes we get the ones that just will not go away! I recently had problems like this myself, as I had a cracked rib and I needed some extra help to relax the muscles so I could get some decent sleep.
I was given some Bells muscle rub by a friend to help relax the muscles alongside the use of painkillers and was told it was basically a budget version of Deep Heat and it was a good idea to use it. At this point I would have used anything, so I thought why not give it a go?
The muscle rub comes in a red, squeezy tube, much like Deep Heat and the stuff inside the tube is a thick gooey, dark green substance which you can really smell as soon as you take the cap off of the tube. It smells just like Deep Heat, all mentholy and warm.
It is easy enough to get the product out of the tube, and I found a small blob spreads a long way. The rub is thick in texture, with a slight hint of oiliness but this soon disappears as you rub it in to the skin. The rub warms up the skin slightly upon contact, and the smell seems to get stronger.
The warming sensation continues for a little while, and it does increase, but only slightly and this is part of what helps the muscles to relax. I could feel the rub getting to work quite quickly and I would say it took about 5 - 10 minutes for me to feel a difference. The relaxation lasted about an hour or so, and I have since used it on other body parts as well when I have been achey or strained a muscle and I must say that it does help!!
It is not a good idea to use this if you have eczema or sore, broken skin as it may well make the skin condition worse! It does make some of my skin a little bit sore, as I do suffer with some skin conditions, but nothing major and I mainly avoid putting it on the areas where my skin is not great.
If you want to save some money but still have the same power as Deep Heat, then this may well be just what you are looking for. You can actually buy a full sized tube of this in Poundland for just £1 and as you hardly have to use any at a time, it will last you for ages! Totally awesome value for money I think.
I give Bells Muscle Rub a 5 out of 5 stars, and I recommend it to anyone, even those who just have sore muscles in general.
I have been suffering from back pain for a while now. The physio diagnosed that the joint between my pelvis and back keeps dislocating causing pain in my back as well as the surrounding muscles in my back, buttock and hip. The pain is on and off depending on how much I exercise, I don't really like taking too many painkillers especially as I reacted badly to the last lot I was prescribed so am always keen to look for alternatives. I am a big fan of deep heat spray, it is really effective but it smells really bad and irritates my eyes. A self heating cream seemed like an ideal alternative as I was hoping it would have the same effects without the downsides of a spray. The Bells muscle rub cost just £1 from Poundland for a 40g tube.
The muscle rub is bright green in colour and is thicker than vaseline. It has a really strong smell, it smells really like Vicks vapourub which is not unpleasant but is a really strong smell. To use it you apply a layer over the painful area and rub it in and wait for it to take effect.
The active ingredients in this rub are sweet birch oil, cajuput oil, eucalyptus oil, menthol and methyl salicylate so you are not putting any drugs into your system. The cream can cause slight irritation on my skin but nothing major.
I've had mixed results with this rub and it largely seems to depend on how hot and sweaty I am. If I am really warm ie after exercise or after a shower then the cream dissolves instantly on contact with my skin and the ingredients penetrate into my body and there is an instant heating sensation which is really soothing and really helps my pain levels. If I am colder then I have to rub the cream in for ages and it seems to do very little to soothe my pain. It is not nearly as effective as deep heat but it also does not make the whole house stink!
I will keep a tube of Bells muscle rub on hand for using after exercise when my body is warm enough to melt the cream properly but for the rest of the time it will be back to deep heat or ibuprofen.
I have picked up a few different heat rubs for my hubby as he suffers with back pain quite frequently, this is just one of the many I have bought and in all honesty I can't remember where I bought this particular one but it may well have been in Poundland.
It comes in a slim cardboard box which is exactly as the picture shows and the tube is coloured exactly the same too. The tube have a sealed end which needs piercing with the tip of the lid, just like many other products.
Heat rubs are great as they don't require you to keep taking pain killers, they work by heating up the area where the cream is applied and the heat aids relaxation and eases stiffness.
The worst thing about these heat rubs is the overpowering scent they all seem to have, it's a menthol type scent but it's really strong and can stink the whole room out. I think the smell actually lasts longer than the heat rubs effects!
The active ingredients are~
Cajaput Oil B.P.C. 0.12% v/w
Sweet Birch Oil B.P.C. 1949 0.12% v/w
Eucalyptus Oil B.P. 1.0% v/w
Menthol B.P. 0.5% w/w
Methyl Salicylate B.P. 9.0% v/w
I tend to buy the cheaper alternatives to Deep Heat as they all do the same job pretty much and that is exactly what this is. Save yourself a few pounds and buy this one as it's a great relief cream.
I have used it in the past when my gallstones are giving me trouble and the heat helps a lot.