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I regularly run at least 1.5miles, cycle up to 10 miles plus use heavy weights to improve my stength and physique which can take its toll on my body! I keep getting a niggling shoulder pain after running and only use products when things get bad so after using ibuprofen rubs a couple of time I was advised to try Deep Freeze gel.
Deep freeze is a convenient alternative to the ice pack quickly relieving and freezing pain immediately after application.
Deep Freeze is described as being suitable for the relief of pain in muscles, tendons and joints and can be used to treat minor sports injuries.
I bought the Deep Freeze gel from Superdrug for £1.99 which wasn't too bad a price for the branded product.
The Deep Freeze gel tube comes in a box 145mm (l) x 38mm (w) x 40mm (d), the box is quite attractive being a silvery blue and this is shiny. The box design has an image of ice towards the right end and has the Deep Freeze logo in blue with an ice appearance.
One side of the box describes how to use the gel and the benefits of this. The other side contains cautions, warnings and ingredients.
WARNINGS: Do not use if allergic to any ingredients.
Do not use on children under 5.
Keep away from children.
Do not use after the expiry date.
INGREDIENTS: racemic menthol 2%w/w, isopropyl alcohol, carbomer, triethanolamine (85%), methyl hydroxybenzoate E218, propyl hydroxybenzoate E216, Patent Blue V E131, purified water.
When I opened the box I found the 35g tube of Deep Freeze gel and an instruction leaflet which describes the product, when it should not be used, how to use it, side effects, storage and company information. The tube itself is 135mm (l) and 45mm (w) including the lid. The tube is blue in colour with the logo on the front side and directions, precautions, ingredients and company information on the back. The tube has a white plastic screw on lid which is easy to remove; when opened there is a foil seal on the tube before first use which must be pierced using the sharp part of the lid. When popping the foil don't squeeze the tube as you can end up wasting the gel before you've even used it.
Always use a small amount of the gel on the affected area and massage until it is rubbed in; be careful not to apply too much as it goes very sticky and sticks your clothes to you which is not a pleasant sensation. When squirted out the gel is quite thick and smells very minty but stronger, a bit like Vics vapour rub and I think it helps open the airways as well as treat the muscles. Immediately I feel the cold on my skin and after about 5 minutes my skin is tingly and cold.
I would recommend this gel for light aches and pains brought on in the joints, muscles and tendons as it cools almost instantly and allows for some loosening of the affected area and relief. For me my shoulder ache does soothe and I am not having to take tablets which I find to be a much healthier solution to my problem. However, the cold sensation may not suit everyone.
I have tried numerous products to relieve my back pain and spent a small fortune in the chemist. On my last visit I bought the deep freeze gel and spray. Here I shall talk about the deep freeze gel.
Inside the blue, distinctive cardboard box is a blue metallic tube containing 100 grams of deep freeze gel. The tube says "Deep Freeze" on it in some crazy writing that I think is meant to resemble icicles but to me looks like something that should be on a poster for a 1950's horror movie. The gel isn't spooky honest!
A 100gram tube will cost you around £3.00 at most local chemists and drug stores. You don't need to buy it over the counter so can just pick it up in the shop and pay without getting the Spanish inquisition.
The tube is foil capped and the lid has a handy little piercing tool which you can use to open it.
Deep Freeze cold gel claims to relieve muscle, tendon and joint pain and treat sports injury's. The instructions for children over 5 and adults are the same, squirt it onto your hand, massage it into skin 3 to 4 times a day then wash your hands.
The gel is an attractive light blue colour and is thick in consistency. It contains menthol and has a strong menthol smell to it. It's not quite as stinky as deep heat but its still strong and not exactly a perfume hence I don't use this during the day. It rubs in to the skin easily. Once applied to the painful area and rubbed in completely deep freeze gel starts to work right away and strangely enough doesn't feel cold at all. In fact it feels hot. You will feel heat and a tingling sensation. This will be the gentle muscle massage referred to on the back of the tube. The tingling and heat in my view combine to give a pleasant sensation and I find it effective at reducing pain and relaxing muscles. The claim is that it is for use on minor injury's on pain that is less severe I think this product would do a good job at easing it completely for a while. Anything stronger you will need to see your GP but you can use this as an additional aid.
I find the effects of deep freeze are strongest when it is initially applied. After an hour I find the effects start to reduce the tingling being the first to go. Overall, I would say it lasts around an hour and a half. I have knocked one star off as I would like it to last longer.
I prefer deep freeze gel to deep heat due to the tingling massage sensation and the fact that it doesn't smell as strong.
If your pain is severe it wont take it away but it will ease it and of course, its only a temporary measure and I would suggest if you do have unexplained pain that wont ease up take a trip to your docs but in the short term I think this is a pretty good effective product and if you don't want to pop pills this might do the trick. Don't use it on inflamed or broken skin and remember to wash your hands or you will have numb hands and might rub it in your eye Ouch!
Racemic Menthol 2%
Carbomer Triethanolamine 85%
methyl hydroxybenzoate E218
propyl hudroxybenzoate E216
patent blue V E131
Well that was a mouthful but thought I should let you know just in case!
The other day I woke up with such a stiff neck. Every time I tried to move it I was almost screaming out in agony and as the day went on it went to my shoulder all on the right hand side of me as well.
I took some pain killers and nothing worked throughout the day and me, well I do like gels, lotions and potions that are not medication as such and going to harm me and always buy different bits such as this when I see them 'just in case'.
This I forgot I had bought from Wilkinsons and it was buried away new and never opened in my medicine cabinet as I was actually looking for some Devils Claw Gel that I knew I had so I bypassed what I was looking for and decided to try this out for a change.
The box the tube comes in is bright metalic silver with blue colours over it and on two sides of the box and in dark blue writing we are told that it is Deep Freeze, Cold Gel 2% w/w 'Effective Pain Relieving Gel and then on the other two sides of the box other information listed includes includes being told a bit about the product and how to use it, the ingredients are listed, the size is stated (in my case I have a 35g tube) and contact details for the manufacturer (Mentholatum) are listed. Inside the box you get a long blue coloured plastic tube with a twist on/off cap/lid to one end of it and all the information on the box is pretty much listed on there too and finally there is a leaflet in the box giveing warnings and so on.
A Bit About The Product According To The Information Given On The Box:
Deep Freeze Cold Gel is a pain relieving cold gel. Its cooling, penatrating action relieves pain in muscles, tendons and joints.
Deep Freeze Cold Gel should be applied to the affected area and massaged gently until completely absorbed into the skin.
Deep Freeze Cold Gel combines the principle of cold treatment with the benefits of gentle muscle massage.
Well this is suitable for anyone over the age of five years old and can be used on one area up to 4 times a day. The gel is just that really its a light blue coloured gel when you dispense it into your fingers and with body heat it sort of melts so when you massage with it its rather fast at being absorbed into the skin.
The fragrance of this really is menthol, get it near your eyes or forget to wash your hands after using it you'll know about it! This really shouldn't be used anywhere near the eyes as I was only on my neck using it and it affected mine and they ran like I was crying my eyes out and they felt really agitated for a good while after!
The fragrance of this isn't disgusting but lets put it this way your probably best using this when alone and not before say going nightclubbing cos it does smell highly menthol for a good couple of hours on the skin once applied and I also notice that although it is fast at being absorbed it does leave me feeling ever so slightly sticky to the touch where I have applied it. Only a bit though so its only a minor niggle that to be fair.
However I do like this gel to be honest. Its very cooling on the skin and then goes warm after a couple of minutes and then sort of goes back to cold for a good half an hour on me. It does feel like it penetrates my muscles a bit making them a wee bit looser and more comfortable and I am impressed that the effects of his last me a couple of hours too.
This did not cure my stiff neck and frozen shoulder, however it did really help in improving the situation in the long term as well as offering me relief for a good couple of hours after using it. Yes it stinks, yes its slightly (very slightly sticky) and yes it annoys my eyes a fair bit as they are so sensitive but it works and is one of the only products available in this sort of format thats ever done anything for me. A little of it goes a very long way indeed and me...well I will be getting another couple of these as this is suitable to use for massage after training and gym etc and I've only just bought myself an exercise bike so I'm sure I'm going to need this on standby lol.
Available in all good chemists and supermarkets I can't remember the exact amount I paid in Wilkinson's for my tube but I'm sure it was under £2.00 for my sized tube.
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This gel is great value at around £1.50 per tube. You can buy it over the counter without needing a prescription.
The gel is a light blue colour and quite thick in consistency. It smells nice too. I would describe the scent as fresh and minty. It looks like it would work as the blue colour gives the impression of something cooling and soothing, which it is!
Tip: Try keeping the gel in the fridge for an extra cooling sensation!
Does the gel work? I am pleased to say that it does. The gel is easy enough to apply and it doesn't feel greasy on the skin either. It's easy to rub in and it absorbs quickly without leaving the gel sitting on your skin after use. The gel smells nice and it isn't too strong so you don't get any unwanted odour following you around all day, which is a bonus! The gel cools your joints down and it helps them to recover after injury and/ or exercise. I have a weak left wrist so I use this pretty often on it. It helps to take the pain away and the cooling sensation is really nice. It's great used in the summer as it's so cooling and refreshing and it's great used on sprains - both on the wrists and ankles.
A great product for aching joints. It lasts ages too as you only need a small amount per application.
After carrying my lug of an 8lbs10oz baby for nine months, my poor shoulders and back were so painful after I'd finally had him. I had a lot of tension in there, and lots of knots. I contacted my chiropractor for treatment, and alongside her therapy, she recommended buying some Deep Freeze to use every now and then.
You can buy it in 35g or 100g (the gel version) or you can buy patches or spray. I found the gel worked best.
I bought the big pack for £4.69 from Tesco.
I got my husband to put the Deep Freeze on my shoulders and back (I hadn't quite got back my flexibility yet!) and he said it felt really, really cold and tingly on his hands! I guess that is a given, though, considering the name of the product! It actually felt warm when he put it to my skin, but soon got very, very cold. It penetrated quickly, and did help in freeing up my tight muscles and worked as a very mild painkiller. The gel itself is clear and non- sticky, so it doesn't stain your clothes, or make them stick to you.
The recommended usage is 3-4 times daily, but I only needed to use it twice, normally at 8 in the morning and just before going to bed.
I prefer this product to Deep Heat, as there is no smell; it's odourless in fact. It is much smoother on application and just seems to work better. It didn't cure my bad muscles, but it certainly helped.
A warning, though. wash your hands thoroughly afterwards and DO NOT touch you eyes! if you do, you'll be crying for days!
I have suffered from back problems for about 6 years and was told my the doctor not to put any heat on it so I thought I would try a freezing gel instead and I have never looked back. This really is a lifesaver, especially on those days when you get out of bed and want to crawl back in because your back is aching.
Basically it is a long metal tube in a box, the gel is blue and thick, although when applying it to your back it can actually fall off and you are left on the hunt for blue gel before your dogs decided to eat it. Just remember to wash your hands really well after you apply it.
The gel works instantly and you feel a cooling sensation on your back, you feel it even more if you lean on something with your back (or the area you choose to use it on, it can be used anywhere, except internally obviously). At first the extra cooling sensation when you lean on the area is really bizarre, and can be off-putting but trust me that just means that it is working. It kinda just feels like someone is putting an ice cube on you or something like that, it isn't overpowering, neither is the smell.
The gel does not take that long to dry and does not stain clothes like other coloured gels can do. The price point it also really good for a pain reliever, 3-5 pounds tends to be the price bracket and you can even get sachets for 99p to try if you do not want to commit to a whole tube, but I recommend you do. The tube lasts a long time because a little of this gel does go a long way and it truely is money well spent, even just to get some relief.
Other uses of the product I have found are:
It is great for period pains, (I know heat helps but this helps a lot too)
My friend had sunstroke and was burning up and put this on the back of her neck and actually could not believe how much better she felt in such a short time.
I suffer from lower back pain and neck pain due to a bad car accident a few years ago and have to take painkillers and other medicines regularly, but I don't like to take tablets all the time as I don't want to become dependant on them, so I try alternative methods of pain relief and came across this gel in the chemist.
It cost me £3.49 for a 100g tube.
The box is a light blue colour to represent the coolness of the gel and the gel inside the tube is clear, you have to squeeze it onto the area where the pain is and rub it in, you don't need a lot otherwise it feels sticky, but a little rubbed in feels cold at first then numbs the area where there's an ache.
This gel is good for joint pain, muscular pain and tendon pain, I have a dull ache in my neck and lower back all the time it's not a sharp pain but is just there constantly, I have physio exercises to do everyday to lossen the muscles around the damaged area's but every now and then it's nice to find something that just stops the ache altogether, as it's always there in the background nagging away at me.
This gel only takes the ache away for a few minutes and isn't a miracle cure, it freezes the area and then there is no ache for about ten minutes which is great just to feel normal for a few minutes in the day. I use this when I first get up as that's when I'm at my stiffest, I do my exercises and then use the gel and find it helps a lot.
If your looking for some pain relief that works for a few minutes then this is good, it dulls the ache after a few minutes but for about ten minutes there's no pain at all just a cool sensation of bliss.
I'd recommend it to you if like me you get fed up of taking tablets.
The ingredients are :_ Paracetamol and you must be over 16 to be able to buy this from the chemists.
Last week my leg started hurting and I had to go to see my GP as I could hardly walk on it. He said I had inflamed tendons in my groin and it was sending shooting pains down my leg. He told me to put something cold on the groin area to keep the infammation down. I said to him it would be a bit awkward to sit with something cold on the spot where it was hurting so he suggested I get a tube of Deep Freeze cold gel and try that.
The gel comes in a long box and it has a blue picture on the front showing some ice with the name on a darker blue panel. It is quite easy to spot on the shelf in the chemist or where ever you are going to buy it.
The blurb on the box says its cooling, penetrating action goes deep down to reli9eve the aches and pains of overworked muscles, tendons and joints. It should be applied to the affected area and massaged in gently until completely absorbed into the skin.
I found the gel squirted out in a nice sized blob, I used a tissue to squirt it on to as I didn't want to get it on my hands. I then rubbed the gel onto the part of my leg where it was hurting most.
At first it felt quite cold on the skin and it smelled slightly minty with a bit of a medical smell added in. The gel rubbed in easy enough and after a few minutes I could feel a really cold sensation, not just on the part where I had applied the gel but radiating around the area quite a bit. It was not an unpleasant sensation but did sting a little bit. This might have been where the skin is quite soft in that area though.
I have been applying this gel for about 5 days now and the pain is getting better, I don't know if it is the gel that is working or whether it is just getting better but it did give me a bit of relief on the first day I tried it as I was able to walk a bit better that evening.
I also sometimes suffer from pain across the top part of my foot and around my ankle which seems to hurt most when I go to bed )or I am noticing it more then) and does keep me awake for ages sometimes. I have now started to rub a bit of this gel onto my foot before I go to bed and have found it really soothing and it doesn't hurt so much.
The active ingredient in the gel is Racemic Menthol 2% w/w
Other ingredients are Isopropyl alcohol, Carbomer, Triethanolamine (85%), Methyl Hydroxybenzoate E218, Propyl Hydroxybenzoate E216, Patent Blue V E131m Purified Water.
I got my gel on prescription but you can buy it in Boots at £3.59 at the moment.
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In January this year, I began to suffer from an aching back; this ache began to get painful, and over the course of a few months, it had spread to my neck, hips and ankles. As always, I tried the wonderful NHS - one doctor said it was sciatica even though I didn't really have any pain in my leg, and another suggested it was vertigo and prescribed some pills for sea sickness! Eventually, I sought refuge with the chiropractor who recommended this product for use between sessions.
The Deep Freeze Gel contains menthol which once applied, immediately begins to cool the affected area. It seems a pretty safe product, though some, such as diabetics aren't supposed to use it. It can cause some skin irritation in people, but I haven't experienced this.
You simply squeeze a small amount from the tube, and rub it on the affected area of the body. For me at the moment, it's been my neck and shoulders. The tubes look rather small on first sight, but a little of the gel goes a long way. You simply massage it (or get someone else to) in; after a few seconds, it loses its gel-like quality as it's quickly absorbed into the skin. This is excellent as there's no risk of it getting all over your clothes.
As the label suggests, the gel very quickly causes a cooling sensation wherever you rub it. This becomes more intense once you've stopped massaging it in and lasts about 30-45 minutes. Some people think it numbs the affected area with cold, but that's not really the sensation experience - rather more one of relaxation and release of tension. It does smell quite strong, and if you don't like the smell of menthol, it's probably best avoided - it doesn't bother me at all.
Overall, this seems to me to be a safe and economic way of releasing muscle tension and joint pain. I haven't experienced any side-effects, and the product can be used reasonably economically. I for one would rather rub this on than take painkillers!
I have a back injury that often causes me to be in pain. I do take painkillers, but sometimes they take a while to work or just don't work as well as they should.
I first tried deep heat but found that although it did help to soothe the pain a little, it made me feel very warm (I am quite a warm person who feels the heat alot) so I decided to try deep freeze instead, thinking that it might be more suitable.
The idea deep freeze is to apply it to the affected area and rub in, gradually as it sinks into the skin, it 'freezes' the area and numbs the pain.
You don't need a lot of this, it goes a long way and a tube lasts me a week, even using it 4 times a day for a week. It costs around £4 for a tube, which is quite cheap compared to some, and I think pretty good value.
I apply it to my back mainly when Im out and about and I have to say that it does seem to help a bit. It's very cold when you put it on and you have to make sure you rub it in properly. Straight away you can feel it getting colder and as it drops in temperature, I do notice that my pain subsides a little. Don't get me wrong, it doesn't take the pain away, but it does help.
I like deep freeze and use it most days at some point. Sometimes I don't know how I would manage without it. I would definately recommend this and I also like that it is available in most pharmacies and supermarkets.
Deep Freeze Cold gel is basically a fast acting pain reliever in gel form. Its the alternative to the spray and also is the sister of deep heat spray which is used for the same sort of thing with a different feeling.
After using deep heat by helping me get through muscular pains I have always felt the the smell is not the best, I decided to try deep freeze instead and really have been happy with it (most notably it doesn't smell so bad.
Apply the gel to the area which needs relieving and with 2 minutes the gel starts to take action by cooling the area and releasing the chemicals into the skin and muscle area. Deep Freeze Cold Gel is suitable for the relief of painful lesions of the muscles, tendons and joints. Deep Freeze Cold Gel cools the skin bringing about rapid pain relief and combines the proven principle of cold treatment with the benefit of gentle muscle massage.
You can but this gel from most chemists and shops such as Boots in a 100g tube. It will set you back about about £3 which is very good but prices do vary amongst your retailers.
The active ingredient in Racemic Menthol 2% w/w cools the skin bringing about rapid pain relief.
I have used the gel for many muscular strains from my intense running programmes and find it really does help, advise is to rest aswell though if your pains arent getting any better over time and activity.
the only real problem is that the gel has to be applied by hand ans you need to wash this off, you dont want to rub the gel into the eyes at all.
A must try product.
Deep freeze is a brand of pain relieving gel available from chemists and supermarkets in the United Kingdom and I am unsure if it is on sale in other countries, so leave a comment if it is. Obviously it is available with out a doctor's prescription so you can just walk in and buy some. However like all medicinal products read the leaflet enclosed in case of possible allergies and the like. Amongst the active ingredients are raceic and menthol.
Deep freeze is designed to provide a deep cold sensation when used, as well as pain relief. It is aimed more at treating muscular sprains and pain. The cold sensation is easy to use and more bearable then using an icepack, and the information says one application will continue to cool the area for up to an hour. Compare this with the 10 minutes an icepack is said to have a cooling effect after you remove it.
I had bought this product some time ago and had fortunately not needed it until now. Luckily for me it was in my sports bag when I suffered a bad sprain in my right knee. With no ice pack anywhere near this is the next best thing or indeed in my opinion better. It both effectively cools the injured area and relieves the pain as is far more convenient to have around then an ice pack. There is also the added benefit from massaging the injury to apply the gel. The only draw back I can see is that it would not be practical to use on areas such as the face if you are involved in a contact sport.
It is available in many chemists and supermarkets as well as online. It is far easy to carry around then an icepack and is convenient in case of unexpected mishaps (which let face it they all are). I bought mine in Boots the chemist a 100-gram tube for about £3.50; there is also a smaller 35-gram tube on sale.
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Deep Freeze Cold Gel cools the skin bringing about rapid pain relief.Deep Freeze Cold Gel combines the proven principle of cold treatment with the benefit of gentle muscle massage.Available in 35g and 100g pack sizes.