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After hurting my back in an accident a few years back I have been through many of these gels, I actually was suggested this brand by my Chiropractor, they were more expensive than the other brands that I was buying but he insisted that it was more effective.
The gel can be used to treat pain from :-
2) Sore muscles
3) Joint pain
The gel comes in a white tube that looks and feels like a huge toothpaste tube, the lid is a twist cap and screws on and off.
To use the product you simply squeeze the tube until you have a good sized amount of the green gel on your hand then simply spread over the desired area evenly and allow to dry in.
The gel can leave the skin feeling a little sticky if you use too much so apply slowly!
Once applied the area will feel like its had a mild ice pack applied and you should feel pain relief within a shot time period. I do not find the gels as fast acting as the freeze sprays but they are longer acting for pain for me.
Always wash your hand after use so you do not apply to areas you do not want it.
The gel is suitable for anyone ages 2 years and over and can be applied up to 4 times daily.
The reason I prefer the gels to oral pain killers because they are faster acting, work as well but are much easier on a stomach than an oral pain killer is.
Does it work? Yes I find it very effective, I do not know how many tubes I have had in the last few years but I do always replace them.
The product is currently selling in Boots for £9.99 for 118ml.
I would have no problems suggesting this to anyone, I have only given it 4 out of 5 because it does leave my skin sticky at times and is not any more effective than similar products on the market that are slightly cheaper, however it does work really well with no side effects that I have come across.
I suffer with sciatica, a general achy back and shoulders and yesterday I woke up with a bad pain in my foot that nothing I tried seem to shift and it was only when I was hobbling about and making myself a Doctors appointment and then my Mum remembered that my Step dad recently purchased this on recommendation and she gave it me to try.
I am not a fan of anything heated or cooling like Deep Heat and Deep Freeze or whatever its called so I wasn't tempted to to try this one bit when my mum explained to me that its a cold gel I can tell you!
However I have to report that this stuff is seriously the best temporary pain relieving stuff I have ever tried!
This comes in squeezy tubes, pump actions dispensers and the one I have been using is a handy rollerball method. The packaging is plastic and mainly white in colour with dark green and sky blue writing on it and on the front of it I am told that it is indeed Biofreeze 'Provides fast acting pain relief from: Arthritis, sore muscles & joints and backache' and that it is of course a pain relieving gel that uses 'Cryotherapy - The Cold Method' and that the formula is greaseless, stainless and has a vanishing scent and that it is 'Pain relief that works' and the size is stated which in this case is 82g/3oz then on the back of the tube we are again told what it is for, directions for use are given as are the warnings and ingredients and the contact details for the manufacturer are clearly given.
With this one as its rollerball its really simple and easy to use and the rollerball is large and frosted and a dark green coloured gel that goes on the skin rather transparent as it is dispensed and it really does smell of menthol and the fragrance of it is rather strong and it does linger a while but wears off on me in about one hour.
Anyone from the age of two upwards can use this and we are told to apply this using the same strokes in direction no more than four times a day to one area, its a none greasy formula and the feels slightly moisturing on the skin leaves no feeling or appearance of residue behind itself at all.
What It Does:
Goes cold and slightly tingly for about 10 minutes but not in a horrible, uncomfortable way. I can feel it sort of going into a muscle and it feels likes it relaxing it, that feeling though subsides quickly and the skin is just left feeling cold, on the inside.
This for me numbs pain and for a good couple of hours, I think its actually a miracle worker for my severe aches and pains and like I stated at the beginning of this review I used this first on my foot, had A1 results with that and have used this to massage into a neck and shoulder problem and I simply swear by it. No nasty chemicals are in this one at all and if you want to you can use this with prescribed medication or over the counter medicines too should you feel the need to.
A little of this goes a long way, I'm not enthralled with the smell of it but all I can say is that I can overlook that big time as this is just so effective for me. This cools my skin and relaxes my joints and muscles, it isn't a cure but the effects from applying it last a couple of hours a time and allow me to be pain free!
I love it and I highly recommend it, I have been using my Step-Dads but will be investing in a couple of these myself asap!
This is available in all good chemists and the likes and I have found the size I have in front of me and with the rollerball action on sale from Amazon for just £6.82 which I think is amazing and a really good price to pay for what it is and what it does!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I suffer from chronic pain and as a result am on pain patches and various other things. They work reasonably well but sometimes I have breakthrough pain which can be very incapacitating and affects my mobility.
I have tried all sorts of topical remedies from deep heat type sprays, deep freeze type gels, essential oils etc and they all help. I was given a few sample sachets of this stuff by my midwife when I was pregnant and had pelvic and lower pain. This green gloop is not as natural as some of the products out there due to containing paraben and colours (you can buy a colourless one) but it is very effective. I use it most for migraines which it is not listed for but anything cooling and menthol helps me. The colourless one and the roll on contain far less in the way of chemical additives so you may prefer those.
This stuff is bright grass green and looks like ectoplasm. Not that I have any major experience of ectoplasm but I have seen the films you know....
Made by a company called Performance health based in Ohio USA, this minty goo is marketed mainly for sports injuries but I have found that it has many uses from topical ache and pain relief to migraine assistance. For migraines be careful not to get it in your eyes, your eyes will sting and you will shout. A lot. The company have been making these products for 20 years so they are well established.
This is " cold therapy pain relief" or cryotherapy meaning it chills the area very effectively. It comes in various formats from gels, sprays and a roll on. It contains Ilex ( a plant extract) and is not tested on animals which pleases me.
According to their website the website have bought out a new version which as of yet I have been unable to find. The new formula contains a lot of plant extracts and is more natural.
From their website:
"Q: Is the new formula more natural than the previous formula?
A: Yes, the new formula contains more natural ingredients than the previous formula. The new formula uses 4% natural menthol, as opposed to 3.5% and we've also added a number of botanical ingredients including Arnica Montana Flower Extract (Arnica), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Aloe), Boswellia Carterii Resin Extract (Boswellia), Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Calendula), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Green Tea), Arctium Lappa Root Extract (Burdock), Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract (Lemon Balm).
This gel is non greasy and does not feel sticky after use."
This product "Biofreeze Pain Relieving Gel with Ilex" provides pain relief from:
* sore muscles
* painful joints
* strains and sprains
You are advised to apply a thin layer over the affected area no more than 4 times a day. Obviously you would not want to use this on broken skin. You are also advised to wash your hands after application.
(The green one)
Water, Ilex herbal extract, carbomer, triethanolamine, menthol, camphor, silicon dioxide, methylparaben, glycerine, propylene glycol, FD&C yelllow #5, FD&C blue #1.
There are more natural products out there, from arnica preparations to essential oils and balms if you prefer that. Their new formula looks promising. However this stuff is very effective for topical pain relief and the cooling sensation is really very nice. I would recommend it as a useful tool in the management of pain.
Available from chemists and Amazon in various formats. Prices vary according to type but an example would be around £8 for a large 118ml tube of gel and a little goes a long way.
I slipped and hurt my knee recently, it was a minor injury but painful for a few days and not helped by the fact that I needed to walk around as much as ever while it was still hurting. After a heat pack didn't help I decided to try a cooling product after spotting a tub of Biofreeze gel in the medicine cabinet.
It's available in a variety of formats, I'm only using the tub simply because this is what Mark bought and left in the cabinet but if I was using the gel in the long term I'd probably prefer the tube or pump action bottle for hygiene reasons. The plastic tub has a screw lid and wide top so you can reach in and grab a good handful of the gel, you don't need a huge amount and it's easy to pick too much up so remember less is more when you reach into the tub.
On an aesthetic level the gel looks gorgeous; it's a deep aqua colour and when not used for a while the top gets a white crackled look, like ice patterns. The gel feels very wet upon application, and this is partly why I recommend using as little as possible because it seems to take forever to dry even if you only use a relatively tiny amount. It feels cool from the instant I apply it, I found it worked most effectively if I spent a few minutes massaging my knee while rubbing the Biofreeze in - if time was against me and I had to 'slap it on and run (hobble)' it would still get cold enough to help with the pain, it'd just take a bit longer.
The relief provided by Biofreeze gel is fairly instant, the gel is cool as soon as you apply it and gradually gets colder over the next few minutes. Once it reaches optimum coldness the gel doesn't stop working there as by this point the chill will have seeped into my skin and muscle, it's not as pleasant feeling as when you use Deep Heat (or other heat products) but worked a treat on the type of pain I was experiencing in my knee. The cold numbs the pain and allows me to get on with my daily life, obviously a more severe knee injury would require more rest but for me the Biofreeze and painkillers was all I needed.
I found I'd be applying the gel every two hours or so, sometimes more often when I felt the pain starting to encroach. The instant(ish) effects made my life easier for those few days and I'd definitely recommend it if you have a similar pully/twisty injury that is helped by cold rather than heat.
A 118ml tube of Biofreeze costs £9.99 in Boots which is slightly on the expensive side but sometimes cost isn't an issue when you're in pain. My partner tells me he's certain his decent sized tub of Biofreeze wasn't as expensive as that, so it's maybe worth shopping around if you're in the market for some chilly pain relief.
My partner and I do martial arts training twice a week with our son and this can often result in a lot of pulled muscles and other strains. Ordinary pain relief to get rid of and reduce inflammation such as Ibuprofen works, to a degree for me personally but it feels sometimes like it is not hitting the spot enough.
We have bought a gel tube for £7 (which seemed a bit expensive at the time) of Biofreeze Pain relief. This is quite hard to find and we had to buy it online until we then discovered it later in Boots.
The gel is thick and green and you must be prepared for the pungent smell it gives off - not unlike Vicks Vapour Chest Rub. This comes in a spray format, an ointment a roll on and a tube - so you have a lot of choice regarding appliaction preferences.
It is best to warm the gel in the hands at first I personally find and my partner rubs it on me and I rub it on them - we find this is the best way, rather than trying to rub it on ourselves.
It is quite thick and greasy and when it goes on it first feels shockingly cold until you wait a bit and then it will gardually heat up. It seems to get hotter and hotter and you can really feel it penetrating the muscles that is bothering you I find. I have a friend who also uses this and they say they cannot feel the heat, only the coldness, but I swear I can feel the heat.
It gets to the point of the pain and infmamation instantly I always find and my calf muscles especiialy benefits from this wonderful product.
It is expensive but it works very welll and I would recomend it.
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I go to physical therapy twice a week for my back; I'm not that spring chicken anymore. When my session was over I saw some free samples in 5 gram packages so I took four of them. The next day we did a mulching job from hell on this 2 acre estate in Potomac Maryland. By that afternoon rolling in my right tricep and back were tightening up rock hard so I went to the truck and grabbed all 4 packets. When opened up you can easily smell the Menthol and Camphor as the aromas go under your nose.. As I squeezed this greenish goo on my left hand I started rubbing it in my tricep. The pain slowly went away as I kept working it in.
I did the same procedure on the muscles on the left side of my back. So as we came back home I stopped by my physical therapy and asked if they had some BioFreezeto sell. My therapist took me to the back room, he had gallons and so many different sizes that I picked up two 4 ounce tubes of BioFreeze Gel. I reapplied another application after I took a shower. I gave my back more satisfaction than my tricep, its temporary relief last at least three hours. When you're working with a degenerative 4, 5, and 6th disc in your back there's not much help for me. A friend of mine who is a Chiropractor told me about getting injections to block the pain, but he said there were a lot of risks behind this procedure and to leave it as a last resort.
This BioFreeze is greaseless and stainless so you won't ruin any clothing. The 4 ounce tubes fit well in the hand and once you take the cap off, it comes out looking like mushy jello. You will definitely feel more on areas that are sensitive to you already like under your arm, your inner thighs or even behind your calf. Rubbing each area vigorously fires up that menthol as it penetrates your skin. Main 3 warnings, don't use on a open wound, don't bandage the area in use. Please keep this away from anyone younger than 2 years old. Overall, I use this BioFreeze as a temporary relief when I'm on the job, wash your hands after each use.
Inactive ingredients, carbomer,fd&c blue#1, fd&c yellow#5, glycerine,herbal extract Ilex, isopropl alcohol, methylpparaben, natural camphor for scent, proplene glycol, silicon dioxide, triethanolamine, water.
Thanks for reading!!!!
The first time I came across Biofreeze was a few years ago when I foolishly went to see a Chiropractor. This Chiropractor was the first to mention my loose joint problem but still proceeded to treat me with aggressive manipulations that stretched my loose ligaments further and made the pain even worse. Her solution was to slap a dollop of Biofreeze over the areas to numb them until I got home and could lay down and take tablets. Not a very good method and I now know I should have stopped Chiropractic treatment immediately but that's how I first heard of Biofreeze.
Biofreeze gel is cold therapy and numbs painful areas. It decreases circulation to the area in an attempt to stop inflammation and should leave the painful spot feeling cold, tingly and like it's not really yours anymore. It contains menthol and camphor and a herb called Ilex Paraguariensis which is a herb with mild analgesic properties. The gel is a light blue and smells of menthol so alot like Olbas Oil and leaves a clear but sticky patch where you apply it. I'd say it's more suitable for mild pain rather than moderate to severe pain and more suitable for acute injuries where ice would be used rather than chronic problems.
Biofreeze is available in a number of different sized containers and the Chiropractor I saw sold me a tube of 110g for some grossly inflated price from her clinic. The same size tube is now £7 from an Amazon seller and you can buy Biofreeze in roll on form, pump bottles, sprays and patches these days. On the front of the tube it says Biofreeze is "greaseless" which it is, "stainless" which again is true and "vanishing scent" which is true to an extent but menthol does tend to hang around even if it decreases in intensity. It's recommended for arthritis, sore muscles and joints and backache.
To apply you just take some in your hand and gently rub on the affected area. You can only use Biofreeze 3-4 times a day and not on broken or damaged skin. Any allergic reactions to it and you should obviously discontinue use, you should not use it with any other lotions, ointments and creams and never with heat pads. Keep away from excessive heat and open flames and if ingested it advises contacting a Poison Control Centre immediately, worrying! If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should consult your doctor before use. In big blue letters it advises to keep out of the reach of children.
My early experiences of using Biofreeze weren't especially advisable or successful. The first time the Chiropractor applied this I remember a tingly sensation followed by a decrease in all sensation in the area. She was using it on my lower back where she'd crunched and popped me and told me it would last about 3 hours. I went through this fiasco many times and would find by the time I'd driven half way home which was about half an hour later my pain would be merrily seeping through the numbness and by the time I got home it was excrutiating because of the manipulations so for me it didn't last 3 hours. I think this is down to the level of pain though, my back pain is severe because of the lack of ligament support so Biofreeze wasn't really a great choice for me. When it came time to wash Biofreeze off I found water made it slimy but a few rubs and it was gone.
After a few more weekly appointments the Chiropractic treatment flared my pain up so badly I couldn't walk anymore and had to get some strong anti-inflammatories and painkillers from the doctor because nothing else worked, including Biofreeze but I kept the tube anyway. Since then I haven't used it on my back again but I have used it on my knees when I've overdone it and they've swollen up and been painful and for that purpose, an acute injury which is normal level of pain, the Biofreeze has worked to help decrease the pain so on normal pain levels in an aute setting it is helpful.
I think for some pain Biofreeze is useful but not on severe pain. If you're like me and have severe pain that gets alot worse if treated wrong or if you move badly it's not going to be a good treatment choice and isn't going to numb the area for anything like 3 hours, but if you have a muscle strain or a mild sprain and you use Biofreeze right away it can help. It's not as good as using ice but if you don't have ice to hand it can get you through a period of time until you do. I'm giving it a middle of the road 3 stars and advise anyone who sees a Chiropractor or someone similar to stop seeing them if it's making things worse!
Biofreeze has been a godsend over the last year. I play football on a regular basis and suffer from lower back pain, i believe it is a muscular problem, I found out about biofreeze from an online store Physiotherapystore.com and I have been using the spray and gel after the football matches.
As a chiropractor I come across all sorts of different lotions and potions claiming to be the new wonder lotion for muscle and joint pain. I work with both acute and chronic pain patients and so see the instant and long term effects of different treatments. Each patient is different and no two patients respond to a treatment the same.
I first used biofreeze a few years ago as a substitute for regular massage oil on a patient who had chronic trapezius tightness and spasm. These spasms were caused by an underlying problem with the cervical spine and this was my primary focus yet symptom relief and temporary reduction in pain can make a difference to a patients daily life until the primary causative complaint has been resolved.
The product comes in a range of shapes and sizes in a white bottle with green writing some with a pump;
110g Tube (Gel)
452g Bottle (Gel)
904g Bottle (Gel)
Biofreeze is a topical 'pain relieving gel' which is applied directly to the skin via massage. It works using the principle of cryotherapy (cold treatment) which helps the reduce inflammation and temporarily reduce the pain sensation.
The product contains the herb ILEX, specifically Ilex paraguariensis species. It also contains menthol which has local anaesthetic and counterirritant qualities and camphor which has analgesic properties when applied topically. These two ingredients also give the product its strong smell.
The gel is thick and bright green and has an extremely pungent smell similar to vicks chest rub. The gel thins out when warmed in the hands and leaves a thin film of the product on the skin so continues working. When applied to the skin there is an instant feeling of cold. The gel takes a few minutes to begin working and stays cold for a good few hours (you will notice this especially if there is a breeze on an exposed area of skin!)
"Biofreeze Cool Gel & Roll-on is ideal for the relief of muscle aches and joint discomfort associated typically with minor backache, tendonitis muscle over-use, strains/stress and sports injuries; Biofreeze can also help to relieve pain caused by Arthritis and Neuropathy".
The website also goes on to list sore muscles, back, shoulder and neck pain and painful ankle, knee, hip and elbow joints.
Taken straight from the bottle: " Adults and children 2 years of age and older: Applu to the affected area not more than 3-4 times daily. Children under 2 years of age: consult physician. Consult your physician before use if you are pregnant or nursing or have sensitive skin. Rub a thin film over desired are of the body, massage not necessary. Rinse hands with cool water".
Taken straight from the bottle: "Use only as directed. For external use only. In case of accidental ingestion seek professional assistance...Avoid contact with the eyes of mucous membranes. Do not apply to wounds or damaged skin. Do not bandage. Do not use with heating pads or devices.
I must admit, my opinion is determined by the reaction from my patients rather than my own subjective experience. The first time I used it I was very impressed with the results felt by my patient. However, I use this product as a base for massage and don't simply rub it in as suggested by Biofreeze. This then leads to the argument as to whether it is the product or the massage which is giving he relief. Although, in my clinical experience I have better and longer lasting results using the Biofreeze than simple massage oil. This for me is only temporary symptom relief until the primary cause is treated and resolved. I have recommended this product to patients for multiple complaints and even those who have tried deep heat/heat packs/ibuprofen gels etc have stuck with Biofreeze and find that it is much more effective.
I favour this product over heat product as cryotherapy has the effect of reducing inflammation and swelling. For example, if you sprained your ankle, you wouldn't put a heat pack on it, you would use ice...why therefore would you use a heat cream?
The effect can be increased by taking ibuprofen tablets as they can be used at the same time which is a real benefit if necessary.
The price may sound steep at about £7 for a small tube and a few pounds more than heat rubs/ibuprofen gels but the superiority of the product makes the price worth it! I use this gel regularly with my patients and I see a great temporary improvement in their symptoms. I would recommend Biofreeze over all other gels and so would my patients!
Biofreeze gel is something I tried for the first time quite a few years back. At the time I was a member of a Fibromyalgia and CFS support group, and the makers of biofreeze very kindly sent us some samples to pass out to members for them to try - I guess for them it was a good way of getting more customers. For us it was a useful way to try something that might help ease some of the pain we felt.
Biofreeze is a gel that is topically applied (i.e. you smear on your skin) to help with pain in muscles and joints. In their literature they recommend it for sore muscles, muscle sprains, and muscular strains, back, shoulder and neck pain, arthritis pain, painful ankle, knee, hip and elbow joints and sports injuries. As well as three ingredients with analgesic properties, it also contains Ilex which is a herbal extract that is supposed to enhance the pain relieving effect of other things.
Now I have to admit that at that time, when I first tried it I didn't find it particularly helpful. It didn't relieve any of the painful muscles that I get from the fibromyalgia at all. I actually find deep relief much better for this to be honest, so for a long time I gave up on the stuff and it had all but slipped from my mind until last year when I pulled a muscle slipping on some stairs at a friends house. After helping me up, and feeding me some tea and sympathy, she gave me a tube of this and said she'd found it really helpful when she'd done something similar. I remember chatting with her and saying I'd give it a go, but I have to admit I wasn't expecting much from it having experienced no help when I'd tried it before.
Now I assume it's the difference in the type of muscle pain one is experiencing, but with a pulled muscle, I actually found this worked a treat at helping with the pain. Because it's topical, you can still take painkillers with it too, and it really does seem to take the edge off the sharp pain of a pulled muscle.
Application is a little sticky as the gel is quite thick, and it takes a bit of rubbing in, but once it's in, it gets to work within 5 minutes or so I'd say, and although I think their claims of it lasting for 6 hours are a little steep, I did find that it kept the edge off for around 3 or 4 hours. When you first apply it, you get a cold sensation through the area similar to what you get with deep relief and other gels that contain lever menthol, only more so. I assume this is why they call it biofreeze.
I've not had to buy any, having been given some by my kind friend, but having seen it in the shop the other day it does seem a little expensive at about £7 for a tube, but then not really any more so than ibuleave or deep relief I guess, so maybe not that bad after all.
I wouldn't bother trying it again for the fibro pain, it really just doesn't touch it, but I think if I had a sprain or strain or pulled muscle again I'd certainly give it a look as it did the trick quite well there.
Biofreeze has been my saviour over the last couple of years. I am a very keen squash player, and like tennis, I tend to get a very sore elbow (called tennis elbow). This is a muscular problem that has very few solutions.
I found out about biofreeze about 2 years ago, and since I have been religiously using it after my matches. I tend to buy the smaller squeeze tubes. The tubes contain a gel like liquid which you apply to your pain and rub in gently.
After about 10 to 20 seconds, having experienced the really nice smell that it emits, the cold hits your muscle. First time I used it, I was very surprised at how cold it actually gets. The muscle is cooled considerably, and for me the biofreeze really takes the pain away quickly. It is important to use it just after you have played, so the gel can take full measure.
The price, at the moment is quite high. You can expect to pay anything from £6 to £7 for the 4oz tubes, which may seem expensive, but for me the gel seems to last quite long. You should use it sparingly though, as it can get very cold sometimes.
Biofreeze Gel is ideal for temporary relief of minor aches and pains of muscles and joints associated with arthritis pain,backache,strains and sprains / Fully penetrates joints and muscles in three minutes and gives effective pain relief for up to 8 hours without pills!