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When I recently damaged my shoulder in my sleep and painkillers didn't work I had to go to the chemist for a solution in a bid to get through a day at work. At the suggestion of the pharmacist I tried these cold patches and having used heat patches in the past I decided to give them a try.
This is a pack of four cold patches from deep freeze aimed at treating injuries and muscle strains. These come in a cardboard box with a single patch in them which at first confused me as heat patches usually come in individual packs. Because the pouch was sealed the box did seem a little unnecessary which annoyed me because I hate it when products are over packaged it's such a waste and bad for the environment. I also found the pouch quite annoying as I tore along the cut line and this broke the seal on the pouch so I couldn't reseal it which was fine as I used the four patches in one day but if I hadn't I suspect they would have dried out.
These are supposed to be an alternative to a cold compress and are far more convenient than an ice pack so are good for injuries and muscle strains.
They are basically a flexible fabric strip with adhesive backing. Much like a heat pad the idea is that you stick to the affected area and it provides a cooling sensation on the skin. When you first take it out the pouch the first thing you notice is the menthol smell which actually didn't bother me and was strangely comforting as it feels like it should work more with a menthol smell. I found it stuck pretty well to my shoulder and it should stick to other areas like the knee etc.
The cooling sensation is evident almost immediately and I did find it very soothing and it helped me get through the day and cope with typing etc. The only thing I would say is because it is icing the injury you have to be careful not to be lolled into a false sense of security and over use the injured muscles. According the packet these cooling pads should last up to three hours and I found that you get between 2 and 3 hours use out of them but as I am used to heat pads which can last up to 8 hours I found that a bit disappointing. You can use up to four one after the other in the same area though so I did find myself using up the whole pack so it can get a bit expensive. That said it did really help and I found that the pain was greatly reduced - my shoulder did hurt a little if I over used it but it took away the pain of holding it still so made my day far more bearable and as it is drug free (although the pack does won that pregnant women or anyone who has poor circulation, nerve damage or a skin condition should consult their doctor first) it is a real bonus (although it should be noted that patches can't be used with topical cream). However, they are very discreet (no one knew I was wearing them) and more practical than an ice pack.
I am not sure whether they actually healed the cause of my shoulder pain but they did lesson my discomfort which was what I wanted and the cooling therapy is likely to have brought down some inflammation and cold therapy is recommended after an injury so it will be doing some good I am sure.
I paid £5.41 for a pack of four in Boots which for a day's treatment is a lot of money and a pad doesn't last very long. However, there don't seem to be many alternatives and it was effective so I was happy to pay it but next time (although I hope there isn't a next time) I might try cooling gel or spray which is slightly cheaper.
Overall they were very effective but I am removing a star for the price and packaging.
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