“ Deep heat is used to treat muscular aches and pains, and is both easy to use and effective. However, the strong smell may be a deterrent for some. „
I do not like this as much as the heat patches, while it works and is cheaper in the long run I had a little accident with it that has left me wary of it!
The product comes in a cardboard box, since is a small metal tube that resembles a toothpaste style. The box and tube are pretty much identical in colour and logo, the lid on the tube is a screw top but not a safety one.
To use you simply unscrew the cap and squeeze some onto your hand, then massage gently into the effected area making sure to spread it thinly and evenly. It dries in fairly fast but does take a few minutes to dry in fully. The cream is white in colour but I have never noticed any transfer onto clothing when using it.
The cream slowly heats up where you spread it leaving the area feeling heated up, this is where my warning comes in! Make sure you wash your hands extremely well after use! I once did not and touched my face, it burnt up like I had a sun burn, it was awful.
The cream is safe for use for adults and children ages 5 and over.
It can be applied 2-3 times a day.
It really does heat deeply and help with aches but I do not like the scent when you first apply it and I worry about the transfer now so only use when I am really in need.
Cost varies as it comes in different sized tubes, the 67g tube is currently around £3.90 and the 100ml one is around £5.40.
A little of this cream does go a long way though so even the small tube lasts a long time so it is very good value.
This can also be used while taking oral pain killers so is a good pain relief top up.
I have no problem suggesting this product on it's merit but I am giving it 4 points because I had washed my hands after use but still managed to burn my cheeks via transfer so you need to use with a lot of caution.
Deep heat rub is something I first remember my father using, years ago, when he suffered from sciatica. And how could anyone ever not remember the strong smell of this cream?
I have used Deep heat myself several times and have also bought it for my husband and my children over the years.
My husband has often suffered with back problems probably due to his steel fixing days and although his career is now in a different field the back problems still return at times.
As for my children (who are now grown up) this cream has been used on their many sports injuries. I would say my sons have used this more than my daughters as they tended to play more football and rugby than the girls did. But I’m all for equality and my daughters did play some team sports.
==What is Deep Heat Rub?==
Deep heat rub is a rub used to relive pain from general and sports injuries. As it is used directly on the skin it does act quickly.
The rub contains mentholatum which is warm on the skin. Once Deep Heat is absorbed into one’s skin it begins to work, reaching and easing, or even ‘killing’ the pain as it penetrates. It helps to get the circulation going around the injured or troublesome area which helps to relax and ease.
It is non-greasy.
==How effective is it?==
I think pain is caused by many things and sometimes a doctor is needed to assess the pain. I would say that in the case of muscular pain Deep Heat can help with pain but I don’t think it does anything spectacular, or it hasn't with me, or mine.
I used to find with my sons that if I gave them Deep Heat they at least felt I was sympathetic and sometimes wonder if this rub had a placebo affect. But to be fair, mentholatum is soothing and does help somewhat.
Personally I find the best relief from muscular pain is a hot water bottle applied to the site.
==What is it used for?==
According to the manufacturers, Deep Heat Rub can be used to treat pain resulting from the following conditions:
I think that Deep Heat Rub is a useful medication to keep in one’s first aid cabinet for injuries. In my opinion it provides relief from pain although I haven’t found it to ease the pain entirely.
The negatives about this rub are that it has a very strong smell and also I have found that it can cause skin irritation on the site where it has been applied.
Hands need to be washed very soon after applying to get rid of the smell and protect against skin irritation.
Deep Heat Rub is widely available and comes in different sizes.
Boots sell the 100ml tube for £5.39
I recently bought some of this Deep Heat Cream Rub after receiving some advice from the pharmacist about some shoulder pain I've been having. It was suggested to me as a topical treatment for my condition. The product is a pain-relieving cream which can be applied by rubbing it in at the area of pain.
I noticed when I bought this that it came in a couple of different sizes. I bought the smaller tube which was a 67g tube for £3.89. I didn't think I'd need a bigger tube than this and it was a reasonable price. The product comes in a squeezable metal tube which is contained inside a box. Inside the box is a patient information leaflet which should be referred to prior to using the product. The outer cardboard box is printed with information concerning the product. I strongly recommend keeping the tube inside the box rather than throwing it away as you can easily access any printed information more easily this way.
So this product is manufactured by The Mentholatum company and it is a product designed to relieve such muscular pains as back ache, sciatica, rheumatic pains, bruising, sprains, chilblains, minor sports injuries and more. The brand state the cream stimulates circulation and can help "relax and reoxygenate painful tissues".
To use this cream you should apply at the area of pain and rub until the cream is worked into the skin. This should be a thin layer and can be re-applied 2-3 times a day. Hands need to be washed immediately afterwards. There are lots of warnings associated with this product so make sure it is suitable for you before using as the product is not suitable if you are allergic to any of the ingredients or painkillers such as aspirin and ibuprofen. It should also not be used on kids under the age of five.You should also consult your doctor before use if you are asthmatic or already on a prescribed medication.
The cream contains menthol and eucalyptus oil and has a very strong smell when you pierce the tube open. The smell is not particularly pleasant and is reminiscent of Vicks Vapour Rub except it smells much more pungent and sharp.
The cream feels greasy and a bit oily to the touch and I have ended up using more than I need to on more than one occasion. This is because the cream looks formed but as soon as it hits your skin it melts and becomes very oily and slippery and a little goes a long way. If used sparingly the cream is easy enough to rub in although it does feel a little bit damp after application. The smell is also very obvious on your whole body no matter how small the area you apply this!
The cream works surprisingly fast to sort of numb the pain in the area to which you've applied. It feels a little bit like pin-pricks for a brief period as the cream works although this isn't uncomfortable as much as it is an odd sensation. I have found that the cream makes a quick and obvious difference and greatly helps in relieving pain and allowing more fluid movements of my body where I was restricted before by the pain.
I wouldn't say that the cream gets rid of the pain completely but it helps greatly to reduce the amount of pain or its severity. I was told I could take oral medication too if the pain was bad but I am finding decent relief from this cream so won't be doing that.
I think this cream is effective and easy to use. The only unpleasant thing about it is the smell but that's something I can endure for the pain relief! I would therefore recommend this product to anyone with back ache or muscle pain who wants to target pain at the source and quickly.
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I have always kept a tube of deep heat rub in my medicine cupboard for as long as I remember, the product has been around for years, and in my memory the product barely seems to have changed at all.
The rub is a white cream inside a big red tube, with the "Deep Heat" logo on the front, the tube itself holds 67g, which doesn't sound a lot but it is about 12cm long x 4cm. The main usage for the rub are stated on the front: "Fast relief from muscular aches and pains".
The first thing you notice about Deep Heat, is always the smell - it's mentholated, and VERY strong. Because of the smell, I don't like using the rub as a pain releiver as such, because everyone around you is inevitably wondering who's the smelly one, and it makes clothes and sheets smell too. My main experiences of using this are that I prefer to use it when I have known strains or pulls, or coming back from one, but still want to go and have a game of badminton. I find that it warms the muscles and gives me the confidence to play instead of fretting about setting back an injury. I'm only talking about minor strains here, and only a club level of badminton, I wouldn't imagine that what I've just described would be advisable at any other level!
The main areas I've struggled with over the years are my ankle, my shoulder and my lower back. The cream is a soft consistency and I usually squeeze a couple of centimetres if I am rubbing into my lower back or shoulder, about a centimetre when I've used it on my ankle. Because of the strong smell issue, I try to rub the cream in with a tissue or cloth - once the smell is rubbed into your fingers, you really are stuck with it.
Needless to say, with this technique, getting the cream to absorb is not easy. I usually squeeze the cream onto my skin, rub in with the tissues as much as possible for a minute or so then wipe any excess off then rub the last bit on my skin with my hands. This isn't so bad in terms of smelly hands! Whilst I acknowledge that my technique isn't the best for getting the cream to absorb, I do think that it's quite a greasy cream and it would be difficult to get it to absorb even in the more conventional method.
In terms of performance I do get a real confidence from using this rub - whether that's perceived or real is hard to say. There is definitely a feeling of pretty strong heat penetrating the muscles when I first apply it, but it's not especially a long-lasting sensation, it calms down into more of a warming feeling which will last the duration of my badminton session (2 hours). The gentle warmth helps reassure that the muscles will stay nice and warm and relaxed throughout.
I have tried it as a pain reliever when I have had a bad back in the distant past but I don't recall or consider it being particularly effective in that department. Nowadays if I want to apply heat to an ache or pain I prefer using heat patches or wraps - and for the actual pain, I find taking pain killers to be much more preferable and effective to me personally.
The other thing I've just noticed, writing my review is that my tube is out of date ... by 12 months!! So this is worth bearing in mind - because a little goes a long way and also because it may be a product you only use very occasionally, keep an eye on the date. Having said that, I have used it within the last 3 months and nothing terrible happened to me!!
The 67g tube online is showing up at £3.25 with the smaller tube (35g) £2.19.
Deep heat is a muscular pain relief, it comes in both a cream and a spray however this is the cream I am reviewing. I use the cream for my sporting activities and little pulls and strains I get here and there both before and after matches. I also use it for the sore back and neck I occasionally get from lying in a funny position or from working out in the gym. To use all you need to do is apply a pea sized amount to the painful area and rub in until transparent. The smell is one that personally I love, however it is fairly pungent and some people have a real issue with it.
You can actually feel the burn once the cream is applied, the heat sensation (as the name suggests) is severely heightened after a hot shower, due to the open pores, which I wouldn't recommend as the pain is simply too much.
Pre sport - when I use the cream before sport if I feel a little tight the deep heat works well to loosen up the effected area and I rarely get any problems with the muscle. I recommend stretching after applying the deep heat or you can feel a bit sore and stiff.
Post Sport - If I feel tight during or after a game I apply the cream (after cooling down, stretching and drying off after my shower) to the area. I keep applying every few hours and usually use it overnight. The pain quickly subsides if used in conjunction with rest and stretching.
I have found the cream to be much more effective than the spray. The only time the spray is more useful is during sport if you feel slightly tight, you can spray and carry on instead of spending time rubbing the cream into the area of pain.
I think that this is a must for any sportsman or person that suffers from a stiff back or neck on a regular occurrence. I don't know what state my body would be in if it wasn't for deep heat for my muscular pain relief!
I purchased Deep Heat when I started experiencing back pain at work. I work on my feet all day and all night and it had a massive impact on my back, after a few hours of work in the evening I'd find myself in agony so I sought out the help of the well known brand - Deep Heat.
The packaging itself was mainly red in colour with what seems like a glowing sun in the middle of the one side. The white of the sun displays the Deep Heat logo in a arguably tacky red "fire" font whilst the rest of the font on the packaging was displayed in blue readable text. The product comes in a squeezable tube with a screwable red lid which is the case for most squeezable products. It's small enough to keep in your bag although it's rather inconvenient to apply in public.
After reading the safety instructions, I proceeded to use the product. It's definitely worth reading the instructions thoroughly as the product isn't very self explanatory. The product itself has qualities very similar to Bepanthem in that it's a thick gooey paste, Deep Heat is white in colour and the smell is very unique. I immediately noticed the smell of this product, it's a very medicated, TCP, anaseed kind of smell which people either love of hate.
I applied the product as directed to the bottom of the back and after just a few minutes I could feel the product start to work. It made that area of skin feel very fresh and tingly, it was nothing that I've felt before - a very unique experience for me. It instantly eradicated the soreness that I felt in my back and as that is what I intended the product to do, then in that aspect it worked. The great thing about this product is that when rubbed into the skin, it doesn't stick to or stain your clothes.
There is however a downside to this product, I found that the effects of the product wore off after only a couple of hours and I found myself constantly reapplying the product as I would still be working on my feet. The smell as I mentioned above lingers around for a while afterwards and it's very VERY potent, there were a number of "what is that smell?!" comments made when I was around. This smell could also be smelt by intoxicated clubgoers which should put into perspective of how noticeable the smell was.
If you're looking for a temporary fix to your aches and pains, then this product is for you. However due to the smell and the constant reapplication I found that it wasn't useful for my specific needs.
Since the end of last year I started to do a lot of running in attempt to get a little fitter. I joined a running club, and have taken part in several short races between 1 mile and 7 miles. At the weekend I took part in my first ever half marathon - The Potters Arf (time 2:00:33 just missing my 2 hour target), and the morning after the race my legs were in total and utter agony!
I had applied the last of my deep heat spray shortly after the race, and it provided some relief, but I hardly slept that night due to the discomfort of all my aching bones and muscles in my legs and lower back. Getting out of bed the next day was a mission in itself, but trying to get down the stairs was near on impossible! After my wife saw me trying to walk backwards down the stairs one step at a time, and yelping with pain after each movement she kindly offered to go and grab me some more Deep Heat form the local pharmacy. On her return she had purchased the Deep Heat Fast Relief Rub, as the Deep Heat Spray had sold out!
Deep Heat Fast Relief Rub is part of the Deep Heat range which includes the spray, patches, and bath tonic. They all do the same kind of thing, and are just a variation of different ways of applying the treatment. I have used the spray many times over the years, but this was the first time that I had used the rub.
Deep Heat Rub comes in a bright red cardboard box, and inside there is a little tube (also coloured in bright red) which contains the rub. On first use the tube has a safety seal over the end of the tube which needs piercing by inverting the sharp point on the reverse of the little lid into the foil seal that covers the opening.
Deep Heat is designed to offer fast relief from rheumatic pain, muscular aches and pains.
Deep Heat rub is basically a pain relieving, warming ointment which is used on the skin to relieve pain in muscles, tendons, joints or bones as well as lower back and thigh pain, sprains or strains.
Directions for use are very simple, and all the instructions are contained on the reverse of the box and tube. It is just a simple case of squirting a little of the cream from the tube into your hands, and then rubbing and massaging the cream into the desired aches and pains on the body. When first applying it onto the skin it feels quite cool, but gradually a warm sensation starts to build in the area it has been massaged onto. The warming sensation builds to quite a strong heat eventually and gives a numbing feeling to the area of pain as it feels like it is working its way into the troubled spot. This ideal for use both before and after exercise.
Having only used the Deep Heat spray prior to my wife buying this rub, I have to say that I'm impressed with the rub in all almost every area when compared to the spray. Firstly I believe that it does get to work quicker than the spray, and it feels like it somehow works a little deeper into the muscle, by massaging it in, rather than just spraying a fine layer onto the skin. It is also easier to control the area of application as there are not vapours flying around the air that can land on other parts of the body, and this also reduces the strong smell that is left in the room after applying the spray. The slight downside is that it takes a little longer to apply, and that it is also very important to wash your hands immediately after application as it can start to heat your hands up, and also it can contaminate other parts of the body if they come into contact with the hands.
The smell of the Deep Heat rub is extremely similar to the spray in that it smells of antiseptic, similar to the smell of Germolene, and it is a very potent and lingering smell both on your skin, and the clothing that you are wearing.
There are plenty of warnings on both the tube and the box relating to the avoidance of using Deep Heat if asthmatic, pregnant, breast feeding etc and to stop using in the event of rashes, burns or blisters, so please have a good read of the can before purchasing. Also Deep Heat should only be applied to external areas of the body.
Overall this is a very effective treatment for quick relief from pains, aches and strains. It is simple and easy to apply, and gets to work really quickly. It works fast, and if you like the smell of it then that is an added bonus too.
The cost of a 100 ml tube of Deep Heat is around £5 and is available from most chemists or supermarkets.
After applying this cream several times on Monday, and first thing yesterday my legs are now virtually pain free, and descending stairs is no longer an issue. I even went for a slow 2 mile jog last night which is almost like a miracle when I consider the pain I was in On Monday morning.
Highly recommended by me, and next time I run out of deep heat, the Deep Heat rub will be my preferred purchase.
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2013
== What is Deep Heat? ==
Deep Heat Rub is part of the Deep Heat range from a company called Mentholatum, designed to help ease pain and inflammation. The idea behind it is that heat is helpful to some injuries in relaxing the muscles and diminishing pain and inflammation, which is why a hot water bottle is comforting to some types of pain. Deep Heat products were developed on the back of this idea: they contain a mixture of ingredients (methyl salicylate, menthol cream and various other items) which generate heat on application, in other words when you apply the product, it creates a feeling of warmth. This delivers relief from pain both through the product's warmth and by means of its anti-inflammatory properties.
== What can you use it for? ==
According to my tube, muscular pain and stiffness, backaches, sciatica, lumbago, fibrositis, rheumatic pain, bruises and sprains.
== How do you use it? ==
There are several Deep Heat products in the range, including a spray, a patch and a bath tonic. This review is for the Deep Heat Rub, which is an ointment packaged in a metal tube with a plastic screw-cap. On opening the product for the first time, the tube has a safety seal (a film of metal over the head of the tube) which must be broken before use by inverting the lid and poking it against the seal. This seems like a good safety precaution, so that the product can't be tampered with before purchase.
Application is simple: you apply a thin layer of the ointment to the area you wish to treat, and massage it in until you can no longer see it on the skin. The tube notes that this is for adults - indeed there is a leaflet with the product with detailed directions on who should and shouldn't use the product, which should of course be read before use. It goes without saying (although the tube does say so) that this is for external use only. I can't imagine anyone using it for anything other than that, but presumably the manufacturer has to cover all possible bases.
== Deep Heat in action ==
Apparently I was Mr Bump in another life, because I don't see to be able to go more than about a week without injuring myself in some way or another. I like to always have a tube of Deep Heat in the house and have put it to the test on a wide range of complaints (from the list above, I've tried it for a variety of muscular pains and stiffness, backaches and sprains).
A few years ago I injured my hip area on one side and never managed to establish what was wrong with it. Deep Heat provided much-needed relief at night from the pain and discomfort of this injury, in combination with ibuprofen, and indeed helped it feel a bit better during the day even without another application (I only use Deep Heat at night - more on that below). This pain comes back now and again and I still reach for Deep Heat to ease this.
It is particularly good for muscle aches, for example, I sometimes get discomfort just behind one of my shoulders which I put down to having a desk job. It's the kind of ache which feels like it needs rubbing, and actually rubbing it with Deep Heat does ease the discomfort considerably.
It has also been invaluable for other miscellaneous aches and pains of all kinds arising from my clumsy antics! I would say, however, that it's not been particularly helpful for joint sprains and in my case at least, has been much better for muscular-type problems. For this reason, I'm deducting one star. Even so, it's definitely something I wouldn't be without.
== Are there any downsides? ==
Anyone who has used this product before (or has been close to anyone who has) will know that one of its main characteristics is a very strong smell. I think it's a mixture of menthol and something else and isn't actually unpleasant to my nose, just very strong. So strong in fact that I only use it at night! Once I've used it, I can smell the product on my pyjamas and bedclothes until washing them, and it's not really something I want my actual clothes to smell of. Having said that, it certainly washes out easily so for temporary use, the smell isn't really a major issue. Moreover, there is no stain left by the product on fabrics, which is something that would bother me a lot more over time.
Finally, it's very important to wash hands thoroughly after use - this isn't something you want to accidentally rub into your eyes!
== Price and availability ==
A 100ml tube is currently priced at £5.49 from Boots, but Deep Heat can be widely obtained from most pharmacies and supermarkets too. This seems like good value to me: I've had a 35g tube for a good couple of years now, and it does tend to last a while as you only use a thin layer on each application.
Thank you for reading!
Several months ago I injured my lower back. I am not entirely sure but I believe this was opening a very heavy door at work on numerous occasions per day. For a few weeks I was in agony and my Doctor seemed to think that it would pass quickly. Now he was right, however it has flared up a couple of times since then for a few days each time. This is the main reason for me using this deep heat fast relief rub. I liked to have something in the house that allows me to avoid taking pills as I don't want to be taking pills every time I have an ache or pain. I try to use a combination of heat and cool treatments on my back when it is playing up as I find that this helps it quickly and allows me to get on with my day avoiding further stiffness and problems.
Deep heat is a branded product of heat rub but over the last few months I have come to realise that some of the cheap products are just not working effectively for me and so I would prefer to spend £2-£3 (depending on offers) on this product and get something that is going to work as well as I need it to on my back. I have tried lots of cheaper deep heat rubs, with mixed effect, but I don't want to muck around trying different things with my back now and instead just use this to get relief as quickly as possible.
This heat rub smells very strong, like a warm menthol that can be a bit overpowering but is nowhere near as bad as using the spray (which I also sometimes use). This means I can use this rub if I am out and about, washing my hands thoroughly afterwards, without worrying too much that the smell is noticeable for 1/2 a mile around me. To rub this in was obviously quite simple to just dispense a small amount of this cream/rub on my hands and then start to rub it in to my lower back. I always spend a few minutes rubbing this in to my skin to ensure that it is absorbed thoroughly and that there isn't loads left on my skin going to waste. This does not absorb completely and it does leave me with greasy skin but this isn't something that is difficult to wash off using shower gel and it doesn't stain my clothes either. Obviously rubbing this in allows me to massage my skin also giving a little bit of relief from some of my pain and within a few minutes I can feel this fast relief rub starting to work - living up to its name!
When I applying this to my skin there is always a few minutes where it is a little bit too warm, uncomfortable even, and then it starts to calm down and my pain is helped within just a few minutes. The first time I used this rub I worried that I was being burned and the area on my back did go quite red however I have now got used to this and realised that it helps me hugely. This definitely gets to work quickly and helps my muscles and it sets to work on the source of pain quickly. It is simple to target where I want this to work also by just applying a small amount of rub to a tiny area or spreading it more widespread around my back or anywhere else I am having problems.
This tube is only 67g in size, quite small really, but I have been finding that I can use this several times a day over a three or four day period on two or three separate occasions before I start to run low. As I paid £3 for my last tube this is great value for me, particularly for the results that I get.
Overall I am really pleased with the results that I get from this heat rub. It works deep down under my skin and leaves me with the strength and pain free body I need to get on with my day or night! This heat rub is worth 5/5 for me as it works very well, allowing me to get on with life and because I am not constantly in pain I am not hunched over or avoiding using my back which can lead to further problems. This has worked very well for me and I will definitely continue to buy it in the future for this particular ache that I have been suffering from.
Deep heat is one of those remedies that seems to have been with us for ages. Most commonly associated with aches and pains in the lower back, it can be used anywhere you have muscular or rheumatic pain. I've much experience with the former, and none yet with the latter.
The cream is absorbed through your skin, creating a warming sensation which unsuprisingly is where it gets its name from. I hear many different experiences from those that have used this. Some find the smell unpleasant. Some find the sensation unpleasant. Some claim it simply does not work for them. For me, and for many others, it does provide some welcome relief.
It contains a mixture of Menthol ,Eucalyptus Oil ,Methyl Salicylate and Turpentine The makers claim it relaxes muscles, dilates blood vessels, improving blood supply to the area, and even re-oxygenates tissues. It's yet to make the tea for me, though.
The most important caveat is to try it on your skin in a small area first. Some people will react badly to it, their skin blistering. Another is not to use after a hot bath or in particularly hot weather.
Personally, although it kind of works, Ibulieve gel is much better. As a result, I've stopped using this particular product. A tube costs around £4 if you'd like to give it a go.
I always have a tube of Deep Heat in my medicine tub as it is great for relieving muscular aches and pulls. It is also effective in the treatment of rheumatic pain, backache, fibrositis, lumbago and sciatica. A 100g tube of Deep heat can be brought from virtually anywhere for around £4.00.
The packaging for Deep Heat is very distinctive and has not changed for years; the red packaging with the bright white glow around the words Deep Heat let you know that this is a heat rub.
To use Deep Heat cream is simplicity itself and I find it much better than using the sprays. Squeeze a small amount of the cream on to your fingertips and then firmly massage it into the affected area, working it as deeply into the muscle as you can without causing your self further injury. Almost instantly you will feel a warm glow begin to penetrate your muscles, this warmth is soothing to aches and pains and helps loosen up the muscle allowing it to relax. I try not to cover up the affected area until the glow has started to fade as covering the area seems to intensify the warmth.
For larger areas of muscle pain I find it easier to dot small amounts of Deep Heat across the affected muscle area and then massage the cream in. Although the cream does work to help loosen sore and aching muscles I believe that the very act of massaging itself can loosen knots and relax tissue.
Deep Heat does have a distinctive aroma, it is very medicinal and usually if someone has used it in the last couple of hours it is very obvious. I can tell when my mother-in-law is suffering with her Arthritis as her whole house has the distinctive Deep Heat aroma.
My Husband does suffer with a reddening of the skin after Deep Heat has been applied, so be warned that this may cause an allergic reaction. If you do suffer any adverse effects discontinue use.
I would advise a vigorous hand wash after applying Deep Heat as it is not a nice experience when it is accidentally rubbed into unsuspecting body parts. It is also advised that Deep Heat is not suitable for children under the age of 12.
Thank you for reading.
I wrote a review recently on voltarol and my usage when my back had been very sore recently, after hurting some muscles. As well as using voltarol to try and relieve the discomfort and pain, particularly first thing in the morning and at night in bed, I also got my husband to put this deep heat rub onto my skin at times, instead of always using the voltarol. My husband didn't particularly enjoy the smell of this product so wasn't always that keen to apply it, but I don't find it a terrible smell.
A tube of this deep heat treatment rub can be picked up in the supermarkets or high street chemists and costs between £4 and £6 for a 100g tube. The packaging of this product makes it eye catching on the shelf, as it is bright red in colour with a flame effect as the backdrop on both the box and tube.
This deep heat is designed as a heat rub to put onto muscular aches and pains. My husband remembers it from his years playing rugby, when he would have felt muscular pains in the days after a match. It also claims to be effective on backrub, fibrositis, sciatica and rheumatic pain.
As I mentioned at the start, yes there is a strong smell from this product. It is a very recognisable smell, and the smell will linger, so I tended to use this product at night, rather than going into work with this deep heat smell on my clothes.
Within a few minutes of applying this rub to the affected area, you start to feel a tingling sensation which becomes warm, and its like someone is heating up your back. It is the heat which ultimately brings the easing of the pain, and there is no doubt that you do quickly feel relief from the discomfort and pain. It doesn't take the pain away, but it does give you relief and a feeling that it isn't affecting your movement as much. To be honest, I actually preferred this product to the Voltarol, I liked the heating sensation and felt it working on my sore back. I also thought it worked slightly better at bedtime than the other. Like all of these types of things, the effects did wear off, but for a while after being applied, it certainly was effective in easing my pain.
Thankfully my back is pretty much back to normal with only the odd twinge if I use the particular area affected too much, but I am glad I used this product, and alongside the voltarol, the mix worked well, in giving me relief during the day and night.
I have an old back injury which occasionally flairs up and causes me grief. When it is active the pain is constantly there and although it isn't bad to incapacitate me it certainly isn't comfortable. I've found out over the years that when it is flaring up that painkillers are only masking the pain and a better way of dealing with it is through a combination of heat and cold therapy. I have reusable packs which can be frozen for using at home but for relief on the go I like to use heat and cold rubs.
Deep heat is one of the more expensive heat rubs available and although I have tried the cheaper ones none of them seem to be as good as this so until I find a generic one that offers the same amount of heat then I shall be sticking to this one as buying the cheaper ones to try out has been a false economy so far as I have always had to go back and spend the money to buy Deep Heat.
I have tried both the spray and the rub and although the spray is good I slightly prefer the rub as it is a little bit easier to get it to target the specific area where I have the pain. I usually buy the maximum strength formula as I think if I am going to be putting some on I may as well go for the strongest concentration of it.
It costs in the region of £4 for the maximum version and you get a smaller tube than with the original version but as you need to apply less of it then it ends up lasting longer than you think it is going to.
The first thing that you notice about the cream is the smell which is extremely medicinal and smells strongly of menthol. It isn't unpleasant as such but it can be a little bit overpowering if you aren't used to it. It also lingers for ages after putting it on so it might be better using this in the house or an hour or so before you have to go outside if you are worried about the smell. Personally I'm not that bothered by it and by the time I have my clothes on and sprayed some aftershave I only notice it slightly and besides the relief it gives is worth smelling a little of menthol at least to me.
You use the cream by applying a small amount to the area where you have the pain. The good thing about the cream is that you can target exactly where the pain is and make sure that you pay extra attention when rubbing it in on that area for maximum relief.
You have to massage the cream into the area where you are suffering the pain to get it to absorb properly and this does take a couple of minutes though the massage also has the added benefit of also helping to relieve the pain a little and loosen the muscles. It does leave a slight greasy layer on the top of my skin but I have never noticed my clothes getting stained with it.
You will notice that the skin starts to heat up almost immediately and will be really hot before you have finished massaging the cream in to the skin. It can actually feel a little bit uncomfortable the first few times that you use it but this is only because you aren't used to it and after a few times you will start to get used to the heating effect that the rub gives. It isn't a painful heat but it can be intense for those not used to the sensation.
I personally find that it feels a lot like the heat you might get from a hot water bottle and as this is targeted right on the area I have pain it helps to soothe and relieve the pain really quickly.
It actually feels like the heat penetrates deep down into my muscles and soothes the pain at the source rather than just heat up the skin above the pain and distracts more than soothe like I found with the other cheaper heat rubs. With the cheaper ones it felt like they were just heating the skin which did distract from the pain but they didn't feel as though they were penetrating as deep down as this one goes.
It helps to take away the severity of the pain away straight away and the heating sensation is a really pleasant one that does distract from the pain as well as soothing it right down. It takes away a lot of the stiffness that I can sometimes experience when my back is playing up and allows me to be more mobile and get back to performing tasks that I would normally be doing if my back wasn't so painful. Unlike with painkillers I still feel twinges through the heat but I feel as though a little bit of pain is normal from these types of injuries and it does warn me to remember that I need to be careful with what I am doing so that I don't end up damaging my back even more.
As well as being used for my back pain this also works great on sore muscles from working out. I can use this after the gym if I have strained a muscle and I know that the combination of the heat and the pain relief means that I won't wake up the next morning stiff and sore where I overworked my muscles.
It also works really well on my sciatica but as I tend to suffer the worst from my sciatica right before I go to sleep I find that the heat this produces can be a little distracting when I am trying to nod off so if my sciatica is bad enough then I usually have an ibuprofen instead but if it is playing up during the evening then this is usually my first port of call.
I really like Deep Heat and it works great on its own for relief of pain but used in combination with some cold therapy too it actually increases the effectiveness of it and together they can really help to speed up the time it takes for an injury to heal.
A 35g tube doesn't sound like a lot of product but you really don't need all that much for this to be effective and you are only supposed to apply it 2 to 3 times a day so a tube lasts a while. I have bought this for ages and while there are other rubs on the market I have tried a few of them and for me none are as effective as this one so I shall continue to buy it as I think it is an excellent product and one that really helps with the pain that I suffer from in my back.
As fun as Christmas was for me this year, when it ended my freedom of movement also ended... How you ask?! People laugh at me when I tell them that when taking down Christmas decorations from my ceiling the first week in January, I seemed to pull something the wrong way in my back and since that day I have been crippled with pain in my lower back and movements are restricted to usually crawling to get from A-B... I have been off work with this pain for about a week and likely will be at least another week on a sick note from the doctor. To date I have had one Q-doc appointment and 2 doctors appointments - the first I walked away with no prescription and told to speak to my doctor when I requested some Valium tablets (which have worked for back pain in my past) and both occasions at the doctor I have been given strong Co-codamol and Ibuprofen - which is a whole other story as I know what will cure my back problem and I feel the medication so far is only masking the pain and just taking the edge of my suffering... So I have been using a hot water bottle on my back as well as taking my prescriptions - but about 2 weeks ago my boyfriend bought me this Deep Heat as his idea of a present (he seriously needs trained in decent present buying!!) - he was a seriously competitive swimmer in his youth and used to swear by this stuff, so was very sure it would at least help the problems I am having at the moment.
I was bought the 35g tube of Deep Heat which comes packaged in a red cardboard box which can easily be opened to reveal the tube inside. The tube, like the outer box is primary red in colour as is the lid. The contents of the tube are protected by a foil covering which can easily be "popped" open by turning the lid upside down to pierce the opening. The desired amount of cream can be then simply squeezed from the tube with ease.
Across the front of the tube gives you the product name and states it works by heat rubbing - with the image of a hand - and that this provides fast relief for muscular aches and pains.
On the box and the tube you are advised to rub the cream into the affected area until the cream is completely rubbed in. For best results you are advsied to use 2-3 times a day and to wash hands immedietly after use. It also confirms you can use this before and after exercising. The cream is also non staining to skin and clothes.
Menthol 5.91% w/w,Eucalyptus Oil 1.97% w/w ,Methyl Salicylate 12.80% w/w ,Turpentine Oil 1.47% w/w.
Other ingredients included which can be found by doing a simple google search are :
Sodium Cetostearyl Sulphate, Cetostearyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Wool Fat (Lanolin), Liquid Paraffin, Dowicil 200 and Water.
Mentol is a great ingredient as its commonly used to treat a variety of aches and pains which is exactly what this product is used for! Eucalyptus Oil is not an ingredient I am very familar with but upon researching this, I have found it comes from a leaf of a plant native to Australia and has the same benefits as menthol - although a much smaller amount is used in this product likely because its an oil ingredient. Turpentine Oil originates from pine trees and again is a great ingredient for fighting pain - however large doses can be quite bad for you hense the reason there is a small dose of this per tube.
When dispensed from the tube the cream closely resembles the look of toothpaste and is white in colour. Upon taking this out of the tube the first thing that hits you is the scent - VERY menthol, and to me reminds me of my dad using menthol crystals with boiling water to get rid of a horrible cold... or certain chewing gums which are menthol flavoured. To me its a pleasant smell, but to some it can be quite disgustingly overpowering and medical (like a hospital). However the smell does follow you around and may be unpleasant to use whilst at work / in public. This is not an issue for me as I have been using at night and having a shower in the morning to get rid of the remaining cream on my back or whilst I have not been at work.
Although the cream comes out white in colour when rubbed into your skin you can't actually tell that there is a product there - however one time I did use too much and was left with white residue on my hands and my back as a result. You don't need a lot of this to take effect (and it certainly doesnt make the pain go away anymore!) so always use sparingly.
I was a bit sceptical when my boyfriend told me how great this stuff is, mainly due to the pain I was in and thinking nothing you can buy over the counter can help me more than what a doctors prescription can! However I have been mainly impressed with the product, yet not completely satisfied.
On my first application which he kindly rubbed into my back for me I remember wingeing saying it wasn't working, and him assuring me to give it a bit of time to kick in (even though he had previously said it works straight away!)... all of a sudden five minutes later I experianced a pleasant "warmness" on my back and reminded me a bit of a warm sun on your back... it wasn't uncomfortable in the slightest and I dont think even with a large amount it could hurt you. As well as the pleasantness, it also took the edge right off the pain I was experiancing and I felt I could be a bit more mobile than I had been... However this warmness lasted me about half an hour before the effects wore off and I was back to my own painful self.
Sadly it doesnt seem to be the first time application that did this as it has happened on each individual time and with the fact you are meant to apply only 2-3 times a day, half an hour per time doesnt seem enough to me. So keeping this in mind, I am saving the cream to use when my pain is at its worst - morning, mid day and night-time. For anyone looking at trying the product this is what I would also recommend and try not to go over the manufacturors instructions on use.
Another issue for me is how my eyes water during use - I would imagine this is due to the menthol content which can sometimes react in this way so you are always best keeping your hands well away from your face when you have used this, and wash hands well after use.
On terms of how long the product lasts, I have had this a few weeks now, using 2-3 times a day normally and I still have half a 35g tube left. To me, this is a great product when used at the worst pain times but it certainly isn't a miracle worker.
At present you can buy Deep Heat from Tesco for the following prices:
35g - £2.50
67g - £3.00
In the Deep Heat range you can also buy freeze cold gel, heat pads and bath tonic.
I suffer with continual pain the arch of my feet but I hate to take pain killers for this because it is an on going problem. I have recently started using Deep Heat rub which I picked up from our local Wilkinson store on promotion for only £1.00 which at this price I thought it was well worth a try.
The smell is very strong but personally I don't think it is a bad smell. You only need a small amount of the rub as it does seem to go a long way. As soon as the rub is applied to my feet I can feel the heat start all ready and then it feels as though the bottom of my feet start to relax and I get a temporary relief from the pain.
I usually only use this before I go to bed at night as this is when the pain is worse but I wouldn't want to use it under clothes during the day as it is quite a greasy product.
I would recommend this product it gives more relief than the spray form.
For muscular aches and pains.