A few years ago I was diagnosed with Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (JHS). Most people are diagnosed as a child, however, my diagnosis didn't come until I was roughly 20 years of age. Although there is no immediate cure for JHS, the diagnosis helped as I was able to work alongside a physio to build up my core strength to avoid further injury.
One of the main symptoms on JHS is pain and stiffness in the joints and muscles. I also play high impact sports such as rounders, football and rugby which means I'm more prone to accidents and injuries. One thing that really helps is 'Deep Freeze Pain Relief Cold Spray.' Deep Freeze has dual action properties:
Pain Relief: The cooling action provides effective, soothing pain relief, and
Cold Therapy: Cooling therapy can decrease blood flow to the affected area and may help to minimise damage.
I also suffer with shin splints directly after playing sports or exercising. The Deep Freeze is a God send! It is recommended for sprains, strains, muscle pain and the pain associated with arthritis and backache. It can be used during or immediately after exercise.
Deep Freeze works a bit like ice but, is much handier to put in your bag if you're heading to the gym or a match. According to their website, physiotherapists and health professionals highly recommend the use of cold sprays and cold therapy may be beneficial for up to 72 hours after injury. The spray can be used up to three times a day.
I suffer from aches and pains lower down on my back and so does my hubby from time to time. I had tried all of the usual pain remedies including the rub on gels and some of them were quite expensive but didn’t really deliver much in terms of pain relief. It was a friend who recommended that I try Deep Freeze Cold Spray as she said that her husband uses it and swore by it.
I bought mine from Boots and it cost me just under £4 for the tin. The tin is solver metallic in colour with a pull off lid and the spray button underneath that.
The first time I sued this I got my hubby to apply it to my lower back for me as it was really difficult to aim the nozzle at the right place where the pain was centered. As soon it was sprayed the first thing I noticed was the very strong menthol smell that this spray has. It is not unpleasant but I was quite surprised by how strong it actually smells.
It started to work very quickly – I would say within minutes I was able to feel that where it had been sprayed on my back it started to feel slightly numb. The effects lasted on me for about three to four hours and then I needed to spay more.
I would have to say that as a short term measures this stuff works really well for me personally and I much prefer it to taking normal oral painkillers.
This really is spray that you simply use if you have got a pain. Like you would get if you sprayed on Deep Heat it offers cold relief as opposed to heat.
HOW WOULD YOU UTILIZE IT?
Where you are in pain you apply the Frost Nova spray onto the location. The cold experience begins straight away because though you using heat helps some pains additional people feel better by using cold, and that is superior. I have a backache frequently because I have got a classic damage nonetheless it does not get better while I'm working, when I am on my toes all day long.
The spray comes out in a serious slender approach to ensure that I can direct it properly to where I need the comfort.
WHAT I THINK
I like to make use of this spray and think it is effective. I like that the could is created to ensure that I will apply it from various sides also upside down since when it's a discomfort that is within your back it is hard occasionally to spray or stroke painkillers in if you've not got one to get it done for you personally.
Our skin feels cold when I spray it and I can feel that it's currently getting past my skin and if I take supplement pain killers, into my tissue for reduction that's deeper than. it really helps to create the area a bit numb so that I can't have the sore although the impression isn't very nice as it gets cold swiftly. This works alot better than temperature spray for me personally as the discomfort I get in my back often thinks worse if I use temperature but this cold is comforting.
I like therefore I don't have to wear it very often through the day but since it lasts for quite a long-time when the consequences have utilized off that I will use it again. It is very strong to start with, it is no ugly smell however not desirable and I don't just like the aroma and makes me cough occasionally when I utilize it.
This is therefore successful that when my back is quite poor it will help me visit work because before I take advantage of the spray I am unable to go effectively or anything-but after it numbs the region enough for me personally to complete what I've got to accomplish with out a battle.
A can of Get Cold fees about £3 from the chemist and I genuinely believe that is benefit when I have to utilize a large amount of the spray to produce my cramps better, as it lasts for a serious very long time in these occasions.
When I first hurt my back a few years back and it was inflamed and hot I was addicted to these sprays, they provide fast targeted pain without causing problems to the stomach or any drowsy side effects.
The product is basically an ice pack in a tin!
Deep freeze comes in a small metal tin that is silver and blue which are all colours we associate with cold, ice and water so it immediately gives us a feeling of how the product is going to make us feel when using it.
The spray can be used to treat sprains, strains, muscles and the pain associated with arthritis and backache.
To use you simply remove the cap from the tin, hold around 15cm from the affected area and spray by pressing the button on top of the can two to three times. This can be repeated 3 times daily.
The product is suitable for adults and children over the age of 6 years of age.
So does it work? Yes, the product really does make the area feel like it has been instantly iced and does really help with the pain and inflammation.
What I really like about this product is that unlike an ice pack you can carry it around in you bag for immediate relief when out and around. It is a lot more convenient and works just as effectively. The other pluses are that if you have stomach issues you can use this instead of oral anti-inflammatory medications which can be very harsh on the stomach, but you can also use them along side pain killers for added relief. It also works a lot faster than oral pain killers which is always a huge plus when you are in pain.
The price of this product is around £3.80 for a tin of 150ml, it does not last a great deal of time but is very much worth the cost in my opinion.
These can be bought in Boots and Superdrug and most chemists.
WHAT IS IT?
This is spray that you use when you have got a pain. It gives cold relief instead of heat like you would get if you sprayed Deep Heat.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
You spray the Deep Freeze spray onto the area where you are in pain. The cold feeling starts straight away and that is good because even though some pains are helped by you using heat other ones feel better when you use cold. I have a back ache quite often because I have got an old injury but it does not get better when I am on my feet all day while I am working.
The spray comes out in quite a narrow way so that I can direct it properly to where I need the relief.
WHAT I THINK
I like to use this spray and think it is effective on the pain I get. I like that the can is made so that I can spray it from different angles even upside down because when it is a pain that is in your back it is hard sometimes to spray or rub pain killers in if you have not got anyone to do it for you.
My skin feels very cold as soon as I spray it and I can feel that it is getting past my skin and into my flesh for relief that is deeper than if I take tablet pain killers. The feeling is not very nice because it gets cold quickly but it helps to make the area a bit numb so that I cannot feel the aching so much. This works alot better than heat spray for me because the pain I get in my back always feels worse if I apply heat but this cold is soothing.
I like that I can use it again when the effects have worn off but because it lasts for quite a long time so I do not have to put it on very often through the day. I do not like the smell, it is not an ugly smell but not pleasing and it is very strong to start with and makes me cough sometimes when I apply it.
This is so effective that when my back is very bad it helps me go to work because before I use the spray I can not walk properly or anything but after it numbs the area enough for me to do what I have got to do without a struggle.
A can of Deep Freeze costs about £3 from the chemist and I think that is value because it lasts for quite a long time even in those times when I have to use a lot of the spray to make my aches better.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
I suffer from a spine condition known as Ccoxydynia and have done for a few years now. The only usual pain relief I get benefit from is a spine injection that I have every few months, however as the condition progresses the injections will no longer work. In between injections I use deep heat or the likes to help with temporary relief.
Comes in a metallic silver spray can. It tells me that it is deep freeze cold spray on the front of the can.
This product is used to treat common aches pains and sprains, such as sciatica joint and muscle pain. We are advised that it is not suitable for Diabetics, people with circulation problems or for those of us who has sensitive skin.
This product is highly recommended by Physiotherapists and other health professionals alike.
You can find more information on their website at www.deepfreeze.co.uk
I suffer with a spine condition and have have regular steroid injections. However in between injections I use deep heat treatments to help the pain to no avail.
I have read reviews on here about this freeze gel and the spray versions and decided to try this.
Simply take the top off the spray can and spray a few times on the chosen area, mine being my lower spine. The spray smells of a strong menthol smell of eucalyptus and tea tree. The spray works within five minutes of spraying it. The spray numbs the area very well indeed and it feels like a ice sensation.
This stuff is amazing and has really helped my back. I apply every two hours, however it relives the pain but does not cure it.
Available from all good super markets and chemists for around £3.50 a spray. This product is also available in a gel also for around the same price.
My legs think they are attached to the body of a total idiot. After I'd recovered from my slipped discs, I decided that I really should try to get some exercise. Living in the country, it's a bit difficult to get to a gym regularly and as we have some lovely country roads and pathways I thought it would be a good idea to try jogging. The first year went quite well and I managed to build up slowly until I was jogging about 3 miles four or five times a week, but then winter came and I jogged less and less. I started again last spring and quickly built up to more of a run than a jog (a true runner would laugh, at my efforts, I'm sure, but I'm pleased with my progress and that's all that counts), but again, being a bit of a wuss, I didn't do a lot of exercise over winter.
Fast forward to yesterday - a nice warmish day and I thought 'time to get my running shoes out'. I did my stretches and warm up and off I went round the block. 'Round the block' is a nice circular 1.5 mile route around the lanes - nothing too strenuous, no steep hills or anything that needs a great deal of effort. Half way round and my legs were complaining bitterly at the unfairness of having to actually do some work for a change and by the time I got home my thighs and calves were quite sore. I have to say that I'm used to this happening when I start running/jogging again, and I've found that one of the best things to ease the discomfort in my legs is Deep Freeze Cold Spray.
Deep Freeze is made by The Mentholatum Company Ltd of East Kilbride. The product used to be called Deep Freeze Pain Relief Spray and was in a container that is shown in the image at the top of this page. They changed the name to Cold Spray and repackaged it in a metal pressurized canister. The can does, actually, look cold and quite clinical. It's mainly metallic in colour with blue highlights and a blue plastic cap which covers the nozzle.
On the front it claims to give 'Fast acting pain relief for strains, sprains, muscles and joints' and that it 'freezes pain instantly'. The reverse of the canister gives you some information about the product - it works like ice to give an instant burst of cooling pain relief. It also claims to work with pain associated with arthritis and backache. It tells you that cooling therapy for muscles and joints is well established and recommended by sports physiotherapists and health professionals.
REASON FOR USING A COOLING AGENT:-
Cryotherapy (the Greek word 'cryo' means 'cold') is the term given to the use of a cooling agent in order to quickly treat and reduce the pain of acute sport injuries. By lowering the temperature of the skin, the nerve endings are numbed, thereby reducing the amount of pain. It also reduces swelling and helps recovery. When my horse had swelling to his legs, we would hose it down with cold water to reduce the inflammation, and so this is a similar theory.
USING THE PRODUCT:-
To use the spray, you shake the can, hold it about 15cm away from the injury and spray in two or three short bursts. You can repeat this up to three times a day. You shouldn't use it on broken skin, though, or if you've used any other skin products on the affected area, and it's not suitable for children under 6 years of age. The can does warn that it's not to be used on or near the eyes or other sensitive areas (understandably) and you should not continue to use it if you get any adverse reaction.
MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE:-
So back to yesterday, and after I got home I had a quick shower, dried off and used the Deep Freeze Cold Spray. When you shake the can, it does seem to get colder, and it's noticeably cold when the spray touches your skin. I usually spray in a slight sweeping motion 2 or 3 times on the painful area, but only in short bursts. It does have quite a strong smell similar to menthol (looking at the label, it does contain something called levomenthol) but it's not an unpleasant odour. The initial coldness doesn't last very long - maybe 30 seconds or so - and then I find that the area actually seems to warm up (I don't know if it's supposed to do that or if it's just my imagination). I wouldn't say that it gives massive instant pain relief, but over a period of a few minutes the pain does seem to ease off and I find that within about 10 minutes or so my legs are feeling quite comfortable - they still ache a little, but there is a considerable improvement. For me, therefore, this product does work.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY:-
You can buy Deep Freeze Cold Spray over the counter at pharmacies and most supermarkets. At £3.75 for 150ml it is quite expensive initially, but it does last a long time (depending, of course, on how often you use it). One can lasts me most of the year, so in that respect it's quite economical. I've not found this on offer at all, but interestingly the major supermarkets are selling this at around £3.75 whereas it costs in excess of £4 at Boots and Superdrug.
I find that Deep Freeze Cold Spray is an effective treatment for muscular pains and as such it gets my thorough recommendation, but I cannot comment on its effectiveness for sprains and arthritic pain as I've not used it for that purpose.
As someone who works part time as a gardener, and who also has an allotment, I do a lot of lifting and digging. I have had training on proper techniques but nevertheless I occasionally suffer from aching muscles and backache. It is rarely serious or long lasting and on many occasions a warm bath does the trick. When that doesn't work, I apply pain relief in the form of a gel or spray. That is how I came to try The Deep Freeze Cold Spray. I find that ice packs provide the best pain relief for me and I hoped the spray would work as a convenient mobile version of that.
WHAT THE SPRAY PROMISES TO DO
Deep Freeze describe their spray as "Fast acting relief for strains, sprains, muscles and joints." On the back of the spray they also recommend their product for use with the pain associated with athritis and backache. They say it will freeze pain instantly and effectively. It can be used both during and after exercise and it is intended or those over 6 years of age. As with all similar products, there are some retrictions on use. For example it can't be used on sore skin or areas that other skin products have already been applied to. It is also not recommended that you use this without checking with your doctor if you have diabetes, poor circulation, skin conditions, or if you are pregnant or breast feeding. It is also advised that you use Deep Freeze on a small area of skin first, to test to see whether you are sensitive to any of the ingredients or not. I don't have sensitive skin and I haven't suffered any discomfort or irritation.
The spray comes in a chunky can with a spray top that works even if you use the bottle upside down or at an angle. This has proven to be useful when I am trying to spray a hard to reach area without assistance. I find the spray easy to dispense but my mum who has severely athritic hands finds it difficult to depress the top by herself. So if you have similiar problems, you may need to enlist some aid. Apart from that, the spray is dispersed well from the can. It does not feel too intense which is something to be grateful for if you are feeling tender already. You can't miss the smell of the spray once it is out of the can - it reminds me of menthol. It is artificial smelling and not very pleasant, especially as it lingers on the skin for hours. I can put up with it while it works, and I have to say in its defence that it smells less srongly than the similar Deep Heat Sprays do. I have tried a few other similar products and have yet to find one that actually has a pleasant scent so if you use them, I think the whiff is something you just have to grin and bear.
The immediate result of the spray on the skin is an amazingly cold sensation. It seems just as though someone has laid a cold compress on my back. It always makes me jump when I first spray it on the skin even though I am expecting it to be cold! It doesn't make the skin wet, and there is no need to rub it in. This means the spray has the advantage over Deep Freeze's Gel formula for me. I find the action of rubbing the latter in is painful, even if done gently, although the discomfort is brief. The spray is very quick to use and I find that it can therefore be topped up easily during the day, subject to the maximum recommended dose of course. I worried that the spray could stain my clothes if I dressed quickly afterwards but I have thankfully never found that to be the case.
It does instantly soothe any aches and pains, but the cold feeling doesn't unfortunately last too long for me. I find that within a few minutes, my skin does not feel as though it is resting against something icy as it does at first. Nevertheless, the numbing of the ache lasts longer than the cold sensation does - up to a couple of hours. The problem for me is that the spray can only be used up to 3 times a day, with 2 -3 bursts each time. During a work day, I can find that the effect wears off too quickly and I don't want to go against the instructions and apply the spray more frequently. So while the pain relief is good while it lasts, it doesn't last long enough for me. You can take this along side pain relief mediacation such as paracetamol if needed, and I think this would be essential for me if my aches were more severe.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THE SPRAY?
For me, the Deep Freeze lives up to it's claim to be instantly numbing. It doesn't have a long lasting effect on me, which is a problem as it can't be continously re-applied. When my back ache is quite mild, I am happy to have this short term relief if I know I am going to be doing some task that will make me feel uncomfortable. If the pain was more severe, I think I would try other products that I could either use more often, or ones that had a longer lasting numbing effect. I do prefer this spray to the Deep Freeze gel because it doesn't need rubbing in but I think the gel seems to make my skin feel cold slightly longer. Overall, this is a convenient treatment if you have mild ache or sprain and I would recommend it. I would say however, that at around £3.75 [Tesco] to £4.10 [Boots] for a 150ml spray, it isn't the cheapest product. Boots own brand version is slightly cheaper but for me the best deal is Superdrug's equivalent which is every bit as good and is frequently on offer for £1.99. It doesn't last all day either, but is no less effective in the short term.
[This review is also on Ciao under the same user name.]
I have hypermobility and, as I am also deeply clumsy, have a lot of experience in twising my ankles, knees etc and tearing ligaments. All of this has resulted in my being an officianado of RICE - Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. When I've trashed my ankle on trips, I've used the tubigrip which always travels with me and sat in waterfall pools and laid up in hammocks.
This is and has not been possible at work. Likewise, the wrap a packet of frozen peas in a tea towel approach is neither possible nor professional. What I have found effective and compatible with office life is this spray.
This is the reverse of the better known Deep Heat sprays that are widely used for muscle problems. Pop the blue plastic top off the aluminium can - after giving it a brisk shake - and depress the nozzle for a blast of cold to the afflicted ankle, or other sprained area, from fifteen centimeters away. It is recomended that you apply in two or three short bursts, which does allow you to ensure each area of the sprain gets the benefit of the Cold.
This spray can be applied to the skin - though care should be taken not to apply to the broken skin which can accompany accident related sprains - and also through tights. This is where it is so useful at the office, as the painkilling and positive effects of cold on sprains can be got when and where you need it, without looking unprofessional.
Though you will still need to upend your or your office bin to rest and elevate the offending foot - there being a limit to what Boots can do.
Speaking of Boots, which is where my can came from, a 150ml can will set you back £3.28 or 328 Boots Advantage Points. This is a great investment, as one can will last even the clumsiest hypermobile sprain-merchant, like myself, a long time.
Mine, in fact, is still the old packaging shown in the illustration. The new packaging is more curved and somewhat reminiscent of the Sigg Bottle, but the contents remain the same and as effective.
These contents include ethanol and so should not be used near naked flames.
But those contents will help ease the pain of those with sprains and other joint problems and can be used by those aged six and above up to three times a day. I know that this is a product that has eased a lot of pain for me and that it will remain a staple of my medicine cabinet, as well as going to the office with me when I have my next sprained ankle.
Deep heat is a product that I have come to know and trust over the years and I have been using it for quiet a few years now for general aches and pains as well as more specific muscular strains and other injuries. I was browsing the aisle in Boots recently when I came across a can of deep freeze. This is a cold spray that is marketed with the tagline 'freezes pain instantly'. This caught my attention and I paid £3.30 for a 150ml can of this spray.
Deep freeze is the ideal spray for using as soon as you incur an injury or start to get muscle pains. Deep heat is obviously the opposite of this product as it designed for use to warm up muscles when you need to take part in sport or exercise and have an injury, however, I now use both sprays at different times if I have a strain or injury that I want to reduce the pain of, or clear the pain completely (I'm always hopeful!).
When you take part in sports or exercise it is recommended that you put ice on any injuries as soon as possible. If you are able to do this within minutes of incurring your injury then this could see a huge change in the recovery time from your injury. If you have a bad muscle injury then the difference in recovery time could see you back to your favourite activities weeks before you might normally get back to them. Effectively this deep freeze can act as an ice pack and save you having to rush about finding a freezer or someone with an ice pack, or even waiting for one to freeze up! Also, you can carry this in your sports bag with you and not have to worry about being without ice for any injuries you might pick up during your sports activities.
Basically, I use this when I have been at the gym or if I have been out jogging. Should I not warm up properly, which happens sometimes, and suffer an ache or pain either in my wrist or knee then I use this deep freeze spray straight away and the relief that I feel allows me to walk home carrying my gym bags without worrying about the pain or feeling uncomfortable.
The style of this packaging is nothing special. This is a grey can with a blue lid and blue detailing on it too. The packaging certainly looks cool and does look like it contains a product that is cool inside too. The lid is simple to remove and it is a spray nozzle that just needs to be pressed to release the cool spray within. You should hold this 15cm from the area that requires spraying and then give 2 or 3 press on to the nozzle to release 2 or 3 short bursts. I actually tend to just do one long spray and I find that this still works great despite me not following the instructions properly.
If I have incurred an injury then I use this and then rest for a few days before I test the water by seeing if I can go on the treadmill, for a jog or back on the rowing machine again at the gym. If you were to use this to numb and area and then continue with your sport or exercise then you could cause irreversible damage by not being aware of any further injuries due to the numbness from this spray. I ALWAYS rest because I go to the gym regularly and like to listen to my body when it needs a rest.
I find this spray fantastic. It does numb any painful areas within just a few seconds. The spray goes a long way with only a little required to experience the numbness needed. It works well at freezing my pain and once it starts to wear off, usually a couple of hours, I find that I have rested enough for the bulk of the pain to have worn off anyway.
If you are someone who works out regularly or takes part in energetic sports then this is definitely a spray for you! It will combat your pain in seconds and is long lasting all for a reasonable price. I have been using mine for a few months now quite regularly and it is still going!
I get the occasional bad back and also shoulder pain especially when I have been working out vigorously in the gym. I find that the best way to relieve muscle ache is to use alternate heat and cold. I usually do this with heat pads and with ice wrapped up in a towel but on occasion I have been known to be lazy and just use a spray instead purely for the convenience factor. To be completely honest deep freeze spray isn't my favourite thing in the world to use as I do find it uncomfortable but it does work to give instant relief and I like the fact that I can just pop it in my bag and take it to the gym with me.
Deep freeze spray costs around £3.50 a can and can be bought in chemists and pharmacies as well as the usual high street shops such as boots and superdrug.
Deep freeze is a cooling spray which you spray on a targeted area which is causing you pain and it will immediately cool it down which helps to relieve the pain. As soon as the spray makes contact with your skin it instantly feels feezing cold and although it isn't as cooling and numbing as an ice pack would be it definitely helps give an immediate relief to muscle aches.
I do find it is a bit uncomfortable to use especially in more sensitive areas such as the bottom of my back and on my rib area but as long as I just grin and bear it the immediate ice cold sensation only lasts a few seconds before it becomes more bearable again.
The numbing action the spray causes isn't as effective as it could be but for the convenience of it coming in a bottle it is enough that I would use it until I could get myself something more effective.
The cooling numbing action also only lasts about half an hour before I have to reapply or use something else. This is usually enough time for me to have used the spray to help with pain until I can get home and use a proper ice pack. I remember when I really hurt my back last year slipping on the ice I kept a can of this in my car and it really did help with the pain of sitting for hours at a time and was so convenient that I went through a few cans until my back was feeling better.
Deep freeze spray is a good product. There are other better pain relievers out there and personally I have always preferred the heat to cold approach to muscle ache relief but if you prefer to use cold therapy then this is a great product to have as it isn't practical to be able to carry around an ice pack with you wherever you go whereas this can go everywhere with you to use whenever you want.
I reviewed Deep Heat a few days ago, and not it is time for me to flip to the other side of the coin and review Deep Freeze.
Now I guess first things first let me tell you the difference between Deep Freeze and Deep Heat, and then I will try and mention Deep Heat as little as possible for the rest of the review. Deep Freeze you use straight away when you get the sprain, strain or muscular pain, whilst Deep Heat is used to warm up the muscle whilst playing and more in the recovery phase. However there are slightly different interpretations for what both are used for and the differences, but that is just my opinion.
The common rule in sports injuries especially strains and sprains is to ice the injury ASAP, literally the difference that doing it straight away can make a huge increase to your recovery time, I'm talking a difference of weeks. With this spray it acts as an ice pack. You just spray at the injured spot, and let it work its magic.
You can feel the freezing effect, but personally I don't think it is quite effective as an ice pack. However it's not like you can take an ice pack on the move, although I have seen these packs that you buy which can instantly freeze which are pretty awesome.
The can is pretty simple, its grey coloured with a blue lid that hasn't broken yet so I guess that is a plus point, but the design of the can and its lid etc isn't worth dwelling upon, as that is not the reason I bought it.
The hard part is telling how much to spray, I usually hold it for two seconds and spray all over the affected area, on the can it says in the instructions to hold from 15cm and spray 2 or 3 short bursts, so maybe it would make more sense to follow the official instructions rather than my unofficial ones.
In another review I read here for Deep Freeze the guy mentioned that it was great as it numbed the pain, and then he could continue playing the spot, personally I don't think this is the point of Deep Freeze. Always use this to numb the injury and bring the swelling down and then stop playing otherwise you will just be aggravating the injury and might not even know it due to the affected area being numb.
If you are going to buy this at a retail shop, right now it is £2.64 at Boots. Bare in mind prices are always changing, so always check online to see what is cheapest. This Boots price is actually cheaper than Amazon, which is rare but a good thing, as it means easy access.
Overall this is a very good product. I think it is a necessity in your sports bag along with deep heat, and you never know when you may need to call upon it. Unfortunately when I had my big ankle injury a few years ago, I did not even know this existed, and strongly believe it would have been a big aid to making a quicker recovery, as my ankle swelled up so much it looked like it had a tennis ball sticking out of it. With Deep Freeze, maybe it would just have been a golf ball, and so I will give this four stars.
Injuries in sport and life are easy to come by if my Junior football days taught me anything it is that Deep Heat always did the trick to help ease muscle pains and aches, however it stinks and it also hurts almost as much as the initial injury.
After a few recent overzealous challenges in 5-a-side and dives whilst playing squash, my body has begun to resemble a chess board with so many patches of bruised skin, so my partner kindly bought me some of this Deep Freeze liquid from Boots for £3.99 for 150ml, the idea of the product is that it freezes the pain instantly, after the initial cold you can't feel the pain, which is good as it can allow you to continue playing at your full potential or it helps make the drive home afterwards less painful.
After a particularly crunching slide tackle this week I cut my knee up quite badly and whilst it wasn't absolutely painful it was sore enough that I felt I could use my new spray, I sprayed the bruised area for about a second with the Deep Freeze cold spray and it did exactly what it was supposed to, delivering a sharp blast of icy relief, after about 15 minutes my bruised area did feel less painful, I sprayed it again once I was home and the usual evening of moaning and groaning about injuries wasn't possible as I felt fine and dandy and the spray continued to ease the pain until I fell asleep.
The spray is for aches, pains, muscle strains and joint pain, I can imagine a spray of this on an aching back or knee could revitalise and work wonders, my only question would be that the spray is so cold you really have to keep it out of the way of kids as they could do themselves some real damage with this.
The product looks more like a car de-icer than a medical tool, it is a 150ml deodorant spray type cannister with a blue lid and an icy terrain on the tin surrounded by the words 'Deep Freeze' in icy wording, it could easily be mistaken for de-icer other than its size as its smaller than this product, it looks unappealing but it does a job and for £3.99 is expensive but one or two sprays generally does the trick.
I've had to share my spray with mates at football and all have commented positively on its effects, I do feel some people are using it more to simply relax aches and strains than manage serious injuries but it does seem to work on the smallest aches through to slightly more serious ones.
Deep Freeze Cold Spray is fast acting pain relief for strains, sprains, muscles and joints. Freezes pain instantly. It
It is used in exactly the same way physio's use it during professional football matches, hold the spray about 15cm from the injured area and spray, it isn't an alternative to doctors, but is a good immediate pain relief, it should only be used a maximum of 3 times daily and the spray instructions state that if symptoms persist, seek medical advice.
The spray should not be used by children under 6, by diabetics and should not be used on cuts as the chemicals in the spray may potentially aggravate the cut rather than help repair it.
Overall, this icy blast has a short, sharp and immediate impact which I and my mates like and i'll be ensuring one of them buys the next tin due to its price and its popularity at 5-a-side.
I have been suffering from back pain on and off for some time now. The bone that links my lower spine and pelvis keeps dislocating despite the fact that the physio keeps putting it back in place and helps me strengthen the area. When the joint is out of place it causes pain in the muscles around my lower back, hip and buttocks. I am prescribed painkillers by my GP but they have a variety of side effects so I don't like taking them too often so look for alternative ways to manage my pain when possible.
I like to use topical painkillers, ie those which are applied directly to the skin so that you get the effect of the painkiller without it causing so many side effects. Deep Heat is something which I use quite a lot because, despite the terrible smell, it works really well. I noticed that the company also produce Deep Freeze spray so decided to give that a try too. It costs around £3.50 for an 150ml spray can.
It is simple to use Deep Freeze, you simply spray a fine mist onto the affected area. It does have a distinctive smell which I can only describe as being like cough medicine which is caused by levomenthol which is the active ingredient. Unlike Deep Heat the spray does not sting my eyes or skin or leave my skin feeling red and sore.
I have used Deep Heat on an number of occasions now and have found it is pretty effective at taking away the pain around my lower back. It feels icy cold when you apply it and this cold slowly spreads through the muscles which freezes the pain away. Part of me was expecting this to be an unpleasant sensation but it is not, it is not as cold as if you were to use ice on the area. I would normally associate cold with causing stiffness but I find that this helps my mobility and my back feels more flexible allowing me a better range of movement.
The only real downside to the Deep Freeze spray is the smell. It is a strong smell and it does linger on both my skin and clothing and it is not a perfume I would choose to wear! It is also relatively expensive, I probably get around 6 to 8 uses from a tin making it far more expensive than the likes of paracetamol or ibuprofen tablets.
Overall Deep Freeze is a good product and it is especially good to use before or after exercise because of the cooling properties when you are hot and sweaty. I think I will look out for own brand alternatives to Deep Freeze in order to save some money but it is worth trying if you have joint or muscle pain.
I came across Deep Freeze after giving myself an injury while running, I run four times a week and I pulled a muscle one day in my leg and sent my hubby to the chemist for some pain killers and he came back with this. I have to say that I said to him "The only ice that will stop this pain is in the glass from my vodka and coke you are about to get". As it was only 10.00 am I decided to give it a go!
====== What Is Deep Freeze ======
Deep Freeze cold spray comes in a can and has a spray nozzle not unlike a deodorant and to quote the can it works by rapidly like ice, delivering an instant burst of cooling pain relief. Fast acting and effective, it helps to relive painful sprains, strains, muscles and pain associated with arthritis and backache.
====== How To Use ======
The instructions on the can are to shake the can well and then aim the spray at the effected area and holding the can about 15cm from the area and spray two to three bursts covering the area and then wash your hands after use and then you can repeat up to three times a day.
The first time that I used this due to where I was in pain I had to get my husband to do it for me and the first thing that I noticed was the smell, It's very hard to describe suffice to say that it had a very strong medicated smell and it was very dense and although I held my breath which was more down to the anticipated freezing feeling . I felt that the spray was almost choking me and at this point was not worried about the pain and more concerned that I was being poisoned!.
I have to say that the icy blast was not as bad as I had expected and if you have every had a mole or anything removed by freezing then it is not as bad as that. If you have not then the closed I get to a similarity is to say hold some ice in your hand for about twenty seconds and you can get the idea!.
======== Did It Work =======
It states that it works instantly and I suppose if you call five minutes than it's instant but I am picky so I will say that I started to feel some relief after about five minutes on my particular injury. I found that my muscle started to relax and did not feel tight to touch or inside and the pain was defiantly subsiding unfortunately I did not find that the strong scent from the spray subsided that quick and that lasted for about ten minutes.
======== Did It Last ======
After about two hours I did notice that the pain was increasing and my muscle was tightening up again and so I used the spray and made sure that I held my nose this time and opened a window and again within about five minutes the pain started to ease.
======= What Can You Use It For =======
As it states on the can it can be used for everything from muscle strain to arthritis. Unfortunately my mum suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and I asked he if she wanted a go and she was slightly dubious as after suffering for over thirty years there are not many treatments that she has not tried including a nasty experience with Deep Heat. Anyway she decided to give it a go on her knees and back where she gets an awful lot of pain and after she screamed at me due to the coldness! She sat and waited for some results and I am afraid to say that she is still waiting, she really did not notice any change in the pain relief or movement in her joints.
I have also used this on a slight shoulder injury and I have to say that it did offer some relief in the pain and I felt that I was able to move the shoulder more than I had been able to before and I found that the relief lasted for over two hours.
======= Ingredients ======
The product contains Pentane, Butane 75, Denatured Ethanol and Levomenthol.
The product as you can tell from the ingredients is highly flammable so store it somewhere very safe.
It is available over the counter at chemists and also in some supermarkets and is priced at approx £4.00
======= My Conclusion =======
I think that overall this is a great product to have around, especially if you play a lot of sport and are prone to muscle sprain or strains as you can use the spray during exercise although I have to say I am not sure that that is a great thing as if you are hurting it is usually for a reason and masking the pain and continuing is perhaps not the answer.
I think that if you have a more serious complaint than it's not going to be the best thing to use although it may alleviate some pain slightly you would probably be better off with a trip to the pharmacy or the doctors. But if like me you get the odd stiff muscle or sprain and backache then it might be just the thing for you.
When you use it please do it in a ventilated area and perhaps open a window or two!
Freezes pain instantly. Contains Menthol / Deep Freeze Cold Spray works rapidly like ice, delivering an instant burst of cooling pain relief / Fast acting and effective, it helps relieve painful sprains,strains, muscle and the pain associated with arthitis and backache / Cooling therapy for muscles and joints is well established and recommended by sports physiotherapists and health professionals / Can be used during or immediately after exercise.