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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!
Sadly for me I am no stranger to pain. For the past couple of years now I have suffered with chronic back ache day in and day out. I've had it all checked out by a specialist and basically in his words 'It's something you should grow out of!'. Odd statement granted considering I'm 35 years old but hey I live in hope he is right on this one I can tell you lol.
Most mornings I scream in pain getting out of bed and getting in and out of a car is a real trial and tribulation. I don't why or how it all happened all I know that is my back is something that makes me cry more often than not and not only that of late I have been getting a pain in my knee and to the back of my leg as well. Yep I'm seriously cracking up for sure!
My friend seeing how much pain I'm in not only recommended this product to me (she has lymphademia in her legs and it helps her considerably on a day to day basis) but also bought me a can of it to try out. I was so hoping it would work, I mean I would buy anything if it would get me more pain free than I am now even if it wasn't a permanent cure!
150ml silver and dark blue can with an aerosol action sprayer to the top of it and a see-through safety cap/lid in a matching dark blue that securely covers it. On the front of the can I am told that it is Deep Freeze Cold Spray 'Fast acting pain relief for strains, sprains, muscles and joints' and that it 'Freezes pain instantly'. On the back of the can other information given includes being told a bit more about the product, instructions, warnings and ingredients are listed, the size is stated and contact details for The Mentholatum Co LTD are given (the manufacturer of the product). Nice enough functional looking can that is informative enough, easy to use and handle etc.
A Bit About The Product According To The Information Given On The Back Of The Can:
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, muscles and the pain associated with arthritis 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.
Well the instructions for using it are clearly stated on the back of the can but to paraphrase that simply aim the sprayer at arms length from the place giving you pain and spray it on sparingly.
The spray does spray out evenly in a cold spray that really isn't at all wet or uncomfortable to use. It sinks into the skin quickly as well allowing you to get dressed or whatever as no residue is visible with this at all.
It smells really highly of menthol though although strong in it's smell it really isn't rancid or anything like that and over about half an hour that smells disappears pretty much anyway.
However although with me it goes on cold that feeling soon wears off and I find this to do nothing at all for me either in the short or in the long term..... sadly.
I don't find it to freeze thus numb anything and I can still feel my pain under the spray type of thing.
I certainly don't rate this at all though to be fair to it, it really is simple to use and you can feel it on the skin in a cold way. However don't be off put by me not liking this my best mate loves this and has cans all over the place so she never runs out and she suffers terribly with pains and swears by it!
I guess this product working depends on the severity of your pain and I would say try it if interested cos at about 3 quid a can (and it lasts ages cos you don't need much at all) you don't have a lot to lose really! Please note my pain is awful!
Can be found in all good supermarkets and chemists and this is available in a gel form too at about the same price.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Deep freeze is some amazing stuff from the makers of deep heat.
Deep freeze is a spray (sometimes in a gel) for pain and swelling. This is best used quickly after an injury occuring and it really is great to stuff to help bring some relief from heat, pain and swelling that can be associated with an injury.
As the name suggests this stuff is cold, and I have jumped many a time when using it, just out of pure coldness, but it really does work.
I find it really does help to control swelling, especially if used straight after an injury occuring. The way it works is by cooling down the injury sight and the blood around it, so that the blood won't rush into the cells and tissue which is what causes the swelling.
It also helps to relieve the pain, although the scientific workings of this are beyond me lol. The spray can usually comes in about 200ml cans, and is so easy to use, just point and spray, but always shake it before use. It does contain menthol, so may cause some skin reactions in some people, but I have not had any problems like this.
You can buy deep freeze in Boots, Superdrug, Some Supermarkets and also you can buy it online at places like Amazon. I find this is a hand piece of kit to keep in the bathroom, as it is great for strains, sprains and other sports injuries. If you have kids, this stuff is a life saver!
I was aware of the "Deep Heat" range of products growing up as my mum suffered badly with the disks in her neck and used Deep Heat products (along with hospital physio) to alleviate the pain. I did not know Deep Freeze was also part of the range.
A few years ago, my partner at the time narrowly escaped dislocating his ankle after a drunken tumble with one of his "mates" (an ill-timed rugby tackle meant he went over on his ankle to the point he would have done less damage if he had have dislocated it). After a midnight trip to A&E (where they would not see him as he had been drinking), we went home and the next morning I was sent to the nearest chemist for "something, anything!" for the pain and swelling - I came back armed with "Deep Freeze"spray and some elasticated roll around bandages. It was the start of my relationship with Deep Freeze.
This is a 200ml aerosol spray can you shake and spray from a distance of 'not less than 6inches' onto the area you have hurt for 3-5 seconds. It is recommended to be used on: muscle pain, stiffness, cramps, fibrositis, lumbago, rhumatic pain. It is quick and easy to apply and quite cheap.
*Price and Performance*
One can will cost around £3.50 depending upon where you buy it. It is sold in most chemists and some supermarkets.
When my ex used this on his then purple swollen leg (he tore all the muscles in his lower leg which swelled up like a watermelon) he found instant relief from his pain and this prodeuct was an absolute life saver for him. He got through cans of this whilst his leg healed over three months. I have used this frequently myself as I often have muscle pain in my arms, back and legs. And, after you spray it on, you notice the area feels cold and tingles a little. It contains menthol which explains the cooling action.
I find the cans last a decent amount of time if you stick to the no more than three sprays a day (you will need will power if you are in pain). Though you do have to shake the can quite hard to get the last bits out of it when it is starting to run out as if you do not shake this vigorously you get a spray which is warm and not the cooling menthol coming out- a few hard shakes and the cooling spray comes out (the same as when a spray deodorant is running out).
The warnings on the can are pretty standard- do not use on children under 6, do not use if you are allergic to the ingredients, do not use on broken skin, do not inhale or breathe in the spray, do not use if the can is damaged and wash hands after use.
This really does work. It provides topical relief from pain. I have found it lasts around 40 minutes to an hour when I have used it, but the effects will vary from person to person. I do not like using deep heat, I hate the smell and I do not like the feeling of the product so I much prefer this. The smell is minty and you will be able to smell it on your skin for several hours after use- but as it is a fresh minty smell it is not an unpleasant smell. It is also cheap enough to buy a can just to have it in the house. It can also be used on bruises and to relieve swelling so it is a good all rounder for the first aid cabinet.
Although, I always have a can of this in the house and would recommend anyone who frequently has pulled muscles, plays sports or has any of the conditions listed on the can does the same- it does have a few disadvantages:
It is hard not to get a mouth full of minty spray- it does make your eyes water- if you spray it on yourself, you will need to find a medical mask or tie something around your face as I find even if I look the other way, for a few minutes after use my eyes will water (it is akin to cutting onions- no matter where you look, your eyes will feel it!). If my husband is in the same room exclamations of "oh are you spraying that stuff again.." are quite common!
So, be aware you will need to open a window and move any pets out of the room (I can't see if would harm them, but if I had pets I would feel bad spraying this when they were in the room). It does not mention asthma, (and I do not have asthma so do not know if it would be affected by using this product), but if I were around anyone with Asthma, I would also consider this before I sprayed the product.
You can only use this "up to three times a day"- this will be nowhere near enough if you are in real pain. Therefore, for anything more than a tweaked muscle or a mild pain, I would use this in conjunction with painkillers and support bandages etc and would not rely on this alone. It is brilliant, but if the can says only use up to three times a day and it only lasts about 40mins to an hour when you use it- you are going to need something else.
I much prefer this to Deep Heat. Over the years I have bought a few cheaper versions of the Deep Freeze spray but they have not worked at all- therefore I would heartily recommend this for anyone who is not keen on Deep Heat, but I would note that you should buy the "Deep Freee" spray manufactured by CCL Industries (the one in the photo) as this is the one that cools, soothes and works!. It is a great product to just lift the pain for a little while and to help you get on with your life.
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.