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I have a recurring bad back. I fell down the stairs almost two years ago now and it has never been quite the same since. I have the occasional twinge (I love how we naturally tend to use the word twinge when we actually mean agonising spasm) doing the most insignificant of things sometimes - like lifting the vacuum cleaner or reaching into a cupboard. The 'twinges' come unexpectedly and it is then that I reach for Deep Heat - widely available from most chemists and supermarkets for around £3 for 150ml.
My husband swears by it. He used to play a lot of sports and found it helped him with muscular aches and strains. It contains methyl nicrotinate, 2-hydroxyethyl salicylate, methyl salicylate, ethyl salicylate (and propan-2-ol, Butane.) It comes in a 150 ml pressurised container which warns that the product is flammable.
It has the familiar Deep Heat wavy logo on the front of the red container. It says it is a topical painkiller which is absorbed by the skin and produces a gentle warmth. It is recommended for muscular and rheumatic pain, lumbago, sprains, strains, sciatica etc. The can must be shaken well before use and the product sprayed over the area of pain about 15cm away from the skin in 2 or 3 short bursts up to 3 times a day.
There is a warning not to use if you are allergic to any of the ingredients or medicines like aspirin. Use only on unbroken skin. Consult your doctor if pregnant, breastfeeding or on any medication at all. Not to be used on children under 5. Protect the face when spraying. It warns some people may experience discomfort. (I think if in any doubt 'consult your doctor' is always good advice before using a product like this.)
As I was saying - when I have a twinge, I reach for Deep Heat - but mainly because my well-meaning husband tells me to and I never have the heart to tell him I don't think it does all that much good in my case. I use it as directed. Usually one of my daughters is in charge of aiming and spraying because reaching around to my back when I am in pain is difficult. We have a weird kind of ritual with Deep Heat. We go into the bathroom - take a deep breath and hold it - spray quickly over the area of pain and leave the room quickly shutting the door behind us. This is because this product stinks and despite my daughters' best efforts at aiming - sometimes I have felt a slight burning around my nostrils from this stuff.
After a few seconds I can feel the product doing its thing on my back - but the warming relief seems to be of a very temporary nature. For five minutes it seems to take the edge off my pain - a bit. For that, the bathroom stinks, my clothes stink and if I am in bed the bedclothes reek of the stuff. I'm not sure that for me it's worth it.
My husband continues to rate it highly for his aches and pains - perhaps it's just the wrong product for my particular discomfort but I don't seem to get much out of using it other than extra laundry. When you are in pain, however, you tend to reach for anything that helps in any way - so even for the brief relief I know it gives - I know I shall probably still continue to use this stuff on the basis that it's better than nothing.
= Mentholatum Deep Heat Spray =
In the batch of the lovely Snow, I went a gliding, I would like to say gentle like a swan, but more like a beached whale, nothing broken, as I was in the back garden and must have had a Guardian Angel as when I fell, my bum landed on the garden seat, but I strained the muscles in my leg.
=So Deep Heat to the rescue=
I have previously used deep heat on my shoulder after an injury and I found that it worked perfectly, so when Mr Thrifty went out to the supermarket next day, the found deep Heat added to the list.
=Price and Availability=
A 150ml can cost £3, but can be as in the £3 to £4 price barrier, depending on where you buy it from.
Deep Heat spray comes in a aerosol can and this is bright red, it has a matching bright red plastic cap.
Deep heat is basically a pain relieving, warming spray which you use on areas on the body to relieve pain from muscles, tendons, joints as well as lower back pain, sprains and strains.
=Not Long Term=
This is not for long term use, if you do continue to get pain, then you may need to see a GP. There are a lot of "care and suitability" instructions on the can, so you do need to check these first.
First make sure you have read the instructions and the product is suitable for your need, - full instructions are on the reverse of the can - but as a quick example
- spray from a distance of 6 inches from the skin
- repeat up to 3 times in one day.
=You may need a clothes peg=
I will say that Deep Heat is an acquired smell and may not be suitable for everyone.
Once you have sprayed the spray builds up from cold to a warm feeling on the skin, with the aim to give a numbing area to the painful but, it can be used before and after exercise.
My concern I would say if you use it before exercise, you may feel fine at the time but you may think great it is ok and push through a nonexistent pain barrier.
The smell immediately put me off as it smelt like germoline, and also it can stain clothes, mine was my ankle so I used some old socks and ended up chucking them away.
=It Worked for about 3 days=
I used it 3 times a day for 3 days, and I found it did help, as I alternated it with an ice pack a couple of times and rested my ankle. I have previously used it before for a shoulder strain, and I found that was ok then.
I just used it for 3 days as I needed a short sharp measure to help and I feel that this did that.
=Would I recommend=
I would say it is a product to consider, it isn't one that I would keep in a first aid kit in case I needed.
I would give this a 3/5 as it is handy to have something that can target the spot, but the smell, it is that bad that it loses it 2 stars.
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 (and just 2 days ago I stupidly signed up to run the potters half marathon which is well beyond my current ability!).
As much as I enjoy running, it does have its downsides. I have suffered with so many aches and pains in my ankles, feet, lower legs, upper legs and lower back during the last 6-8 months that I have often wondered if it is all worth it.
Deep Heat Spray has however been a big help to me, and has enabled me to get on with my everyday life and forget about the aches and pains. Prior to using deep heat spray I was relying on Ibuprofen (which I was not happy to keep taking regularly) and hot baths followed by ice packs and heavy strapping.
Deep Heat spray comes in a bright red aerosol can with a bright red plastic cap on it. It is designed to offer fast relief from rheumatic pain, muscular aches and pains.
Deep heat is basically a pain relieving, warming spray 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, with the instructions on the reverse of the can recommending that the can is shaken well prior to use. It can then be sprayed on the required area at a distance of 6 inches from the skin and that is it! This process can be repeated up to three times a day.
In my experience Deep Heat spray works very well indeed. When first spraying it onto the skin it feels quite cool, but gradually a warm sensation starts to build in the area it has been sprayed 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.
The smell of Deep Heat is a bit of a Marmite debate (love it or hate it). It smells of antiseptic, similar to the smell of Germolene, and it is a very potent and lingering smell both in the room that you apply it to, your skin, and the clothing that you are wearing. My wife hates the smell of it, I personally don't mind it, but I have received many comments from people that really love the smell of it.
One thing that is important when applying the spray is that you need to be very careful not to get the spray vapours landing on other parts of the body. For example I applied a few quick bursts of spray onto my shoulder, and some of it must have managed to land on my neck and chin, which resulted in a hot face along with a big red patch on my neck for an hour or so. This advice is even more so important if spraying it around the top of the thigh!!
Overall this is a very effective treatment for quick relief from pains, aches and strains. It is simple and easy to apply, without the need to get hands covered in any messy creams or ointments. It works fast, and if you like the smell of it then that is an added bonus too. It feels great when applying it on a cold winters morning as it helps to warm you up really well.
The cost of a 150 ml can of Deep Heat is around £3 - £4 and is available from most chemists or supermarkets.
There are plenty of warnings on the can 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.
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2013
I am a kind soul sometimes, and whilst I recognise that my husband works very hard for us in renovating our house, I occasionally make the mistake of trying to reduce his burden by taking on jobs which are way beyond my capacity. A couple of months ago, I pulled a muscle in my shoulder region, trying to lift a bag of plaster which was clearly too heavy for me. I don't care what the feminists say, as a general rule men are stronger than women, and there are jobs which women just shouldn't attempt! (cue controversial discussion regarding feminism.....)
Anyway, luckily we had some Deep Heat in the house. My husband uses it sometimes after various sporting injuries, which just leaves me to say that there's a reason I'm so apathetic towards exercise - it just isn't good for your joints. I used this for a few days until the damage was repaired, to be honest I was in that much pain I wasn't sure if I should go to the doctor, but thankfully it healed after a few days.
We've had this in our house for a while, and it wasn't myself who bought it, but looking online you can expect to pay around £3 for a 150ml can.
Deep Heat is a spray which is aimed to ease mild and moderate pain, including muscular aches and pains, and rheumatic pain. As the name suggests, it is a painkiller which produces a warming effect to the injury, and by doing this soothes and eases the pain. It has the active ingredient "2-Hydroxyethyl Salicylate" (no, I've never heard of it either), and as such should be treated with caution, applying the necessary common sense such as only applying externally, seeking advice if you are pregnant, have allergies, or if symptoms persist, and keeping well out of childrens' reach. You should also avoid applying this to broken skin, and keep the room ventilated to avoid inhalation.
Using the spray is a very easy process, although I have to say not all that pleasant. The directions say to shake the can before use, and then spray the product in 2 to 3 short bursts (rather than for prolonged periods) about 6 inches away from the skin. You then leave it to get to work.
The thing I hate about this stuff is the sensation of burning when you apply it, and the smell it leaves in the room you've sprayed it in. I am always tempted to hold the can further away from the area I'm applying it to, so that it doesn't burn as much. But this reduces its effectiveness, so it's best to follow the directions and just take the burn. It's a bit strange because it actually feels like a freezing cold spray to begin with, and is only when you stop spraying that it warms up, then gets uncomfortably hot. It's worth persisting though, as it does work.
Anyone who has ever used Deep Heat will know what I'm talking about when I say the smell is "distinctive". I can't really sum it up in words, other than saying it's medicinal and very strong. It also lingers on bed sheets because once you've applied it, even when it soaks into the skin, it seems to get everywhere and although this isn't messy, it does leave a distinct smell.
As for its effectiveness, well I can forgive the downsides of the product. This brings immediate relief by almost freezing the area that is in pain. I used this a few times a day when my shoulder was injured, usually when I got home as I didn't want to stink in work all day! After a few days of using it, it really did sort my shoulder out, as it doesn't relieve pain for long periods, only short bursts to begin with. I would recommend this to anyone suffering from aches and pains. It's handy to have in the house for those days you pull your muscle by just moving the wrong way, or sometimes in your sleep without knowing how you've done it.
All in all, this is a great pain relief, and the only reason I knock a star off is the smell and discomfort when applying.
(This review may also be posted on Ciao, under the username Gingerkitty)
A couple of weeks ago, I was suffering quite badly with neck and shoulder pain which was probably due to sleeping in an unfamiliar and more uncomfortable bed than my own for a long period of time. Being a runner, my boyfriend is used to having all kinds of aches and pains so he advised me to use this spray to help get rid of the pain.
Although I didn't buy this myself, after looking around on the internet, it seems that a 150ml can will set you back around £3. Deep Heat claims to give fast acting relief from rheumatic pain as well as muscular aches and pains. In order to use this product, you need to spray between 2 and 3 sprays onto the area which is causing you pain from about 15cm away. As it was my neck and shoulder causing me grief, I had to get my boyfriend to do this for me.
Once you have sprayed this on to your skin, it takes about 5-10 minutes for the effects to kick in. The spray is extremely cold as you spray it on to your skin and this was a really big shock for me. My boyfriend did three sprays on to my shoulder but I think that this was too many. Once the spray had begun to kick in, the feeling was lovely. My shoulder and neck was nice and warm and I could feel the heat beginning to touch my aching muscles. The heat was working its way into the pain and made it feel a lot better temporarily.
However, after a couple more minutes, instead of being nice and warm, the spray began to get really hot. This was a lot hotter than I had been expecting and it began to get quite uncomfortable. I used this just before going to bed which was probably a bad idea but I ended up not being able to sleep for a while because of the intense heat. I think two sprays would have done the job nicely.
Another bad aspect of using this product is the smell. This stuff absolutely skinks! I have no idea what it smells of other than just being bad. Luckily, we used this in a well-ventilated area so the room didn't end up smelling too bad for very long. When I showered the next morning, I could still smell the spray on my skin though until I had washed it off. As well as making my skin smell, the spray did make the area used on quite red but I didn't mind this too much as it wasn't like I was going anywhere. I would advise to use this though when you are planning on staying home for a while.
Overall though, Deep Heat Spray did make my aches and pains so much better. The next time I used this I only sprayed twice and the uncomfortable feeling didn't happen. I would highly recommend this if you are having any of the same kinds of problems.
If you have read my other review on deep heat rub, you will know that I am a huge fan of using this brand as it really helps sooth painful muscles and lessens the pain of a bad back after sports. I play a hell of a lot of football and I am constantly doing myself various injuries, usually as I dive into tackles which I really shouldn't and end up over stretching. I would like to say Im good at football, but the trut is im not brilliant! I only started using the spray because one day when I needed to buy some more, tesco had run out and only had the spray. I thought it was worth a try As deep heat is brilliant for me. I Will now go into a little more detail on the product and explain why I like it so much! There are advantages and disadvantages to using this product, but on the whole its brilliant. If you would like to know how deep heat rub works, please read my other review :)
It comes in a red metal bottle which is 150ml in size. This will set you back anywhere from £2.75-£4, I have seen it on offer once, but its not a product that you expect to get at a bargain price too often. The bottle is very easy to use as you just simply spray it on the area that hurts and let it do its magic. The reason why i think spraying is better is the chances of you getting the deep heat in places you dont want accidently are lessend, such as your eye or face. I wouldn't recommend spraying this into your face as it could cause some serious pain and damage to your eyes.
Does it work:
It works well, It is effective. I find that the bottle will last a long time. I like it because you don't have to keep squeezing a tube, when its empty you can just put it into the recycling bin. I find that it isnt as effective as the rub and isnt as accurate when applying, it does work though and it so much easier to use. It has a typical deep heat smell! SOme may love it and others will run a million miles away from you. I grew up with this smell as my dad loved football too and played for the local village team, he was a bit of a wimp and swore by his deep heat, he would have preferred to use the spray though!
I recommend you give this a try if your into your sports and want to sooth the aches and pains. This will giv you a strange sensation which you will either like or dislike! I believe it works well and I really enjoy using it. Im not sure if I prefer the rub or the spray! This gets 5 stars from me, Really good stuff
Thanks for reading my review, hope it helped you.... Josh :)
**** also on CIAO on my username jrlaker1992 ***
A couple of months ago I went to a hen party where we attended a cheerleading class, I didn't think that we would be doing many stunts or jumps so I wasn't really properly prepared for it, and a mixture of alcohol and showing off lead me to falling (quite embarrassingly) during one of the lifts and spraining my calf (though I still had a fantastic night). The next day I felt really bad muscle pain in my leg, where I fell and decided that I would get myself some Deep Heat to try and numb the pain a little until it healed.
Deep Heat Spray can be used on, muscular and rheumatic pain, lumbago, fibrositis, sprains, strains and sciatica. It gives a warm feeling and is a painkiller that is absorbed by the skin.
To apply Deep Heat Spray you simply shake the tin, hold the can about 6 inches away from your skin and then spray it on the sore area, there isn't any need to rub or massage this spray into the sore area which is why I particularly liked this product.
Deep heat has a very strong distinct smell, and when you use your hands to rub it into your body, it can be quite annoying to get the smell off your fingers, so I was very glad I opted to buy the spray can instead of the original cream.
When I first applied Deep Heat Spray to my leg I first noticed a numbing, tingling, slightly burning feeling, though it wasn't painful at all to apply. It gave results quite quickly and it definitely soothed the pain in my leg and made it much more manageable while I was waiting on my calf muscles to heal.
I found that because this is a spray, I was also able to apply it to my back really easily by myself once when I was having bad back cramps from another little fall I had when I was being less than graceful recently, I think that this spray is just as effective and much more easy to apply than the Deep Heat cream.
Deep Heat Spray is suitable for adults and children aged 5 years and over.
You can buy Deep Heat Spray for around £3 a can in Boots, which is quite a good price, it is also similarly priced on Tesco and other supermarkets. I think that this is quite a good price for this spray as it really helps muscle pains and works really quickly with minimal effort.
Overall I think that if you are having mild muscular pain and do not think it is necessary to go to the doctors because the pain is not severe enough, that this is a great spray to buy to manage the pain and keep it from ruining your day. Overall I would give this spray 4 out of 5 stars, it loses a star because it has a very strong smell.
*also on ciao under lorrainek90
This is a product that I wish I discovered many years ago, before I started getting all my niggling injuries of which I now have many.
The purpose of this product is to warm up your muscles. Generally when people get injuries their muscles tighten up and then once recovered and willing to play again, you can cause further injury if they are too tight. This is meant for sprains and muscular aches.
The way it works is you spray it on the affected region, with me this is usually my right ankle. Make sure you spray from a few inches away. I must add that a few minutes after spraying, there will be quite a tingling situation and it maybe painful to some, but it is all good and there is no need to worry. This is all part of the deep heat effect.
I simply cannot have a deep heat review, without mentioning the smell. It is quite intense and vulgar to be honest. It is one of those smells that once sprayed; anyone else who has ever used deep heat will be able to recognise it.
You can buy this from the standard stores like Boots and Super drug, and also online off EBay and Amazon plus many other online retailers. I actually find that the prices at Boots and Super drug are competitive with online, which is quite rare and I guess it depends how urgently you need it. You can expect to pay around the £2-2.50 mark.
Personally I find it to be very effective, I use Deep Freeze for straight after the injuries to reduce swelling, and will create a separate review for Deep Freeze, then I use Deep heat in the recovery phase, and honestly can't live without it as I am a very injury prone person.
Overall I highly recommend this to avid sports players and people with chronic injuries. It may have an amazingly bad smell, but the benefits far outweigh the smell, and after a while you will become so used the Deep Heat smell that when it isn't there, you may also begin to miss it....well maybe not. Overall I will take off one star for the smell, and give this four stars. If they every find a way to change the smell, I may well come back and update this review.
=== The product ===
This is a heat spray designed for treating rheumatic pain, muscular aches and strains.
=== The packaging ===
This comes provided in a red spray can. There is a plastic flip top lid and generally this comes in a 150ml can size. The packaging stands out, to me, because of being red and I find it very simple to hunt this down if I am perusing the supermarket aisles looking for it. The packaging is effective and the aerosol spray style button is simple to press down and releases a decent spray.
=== How to use ===
All you need to do is shake this and then spray it on to the required area. This is absorbed quickly by your skin and then this will get to work by warming the area and helping to relieve your pain.
=== Where to buy this & for how much? ===
I purchase mine from numerous places as we go through a can every few months in our home thanks to numerous activities and jobs that see us standing on our feet most of the day. The best price I have paid recently is around £2.40 from Amazon.co.uk which seems to be a standard price, with free delivery, for this and is around 40-50p cheaper than the price that Boots are currently selling this for.
=== Overall opinion ===
I mainly use this because I get pain in my calves when working out, from time to time, and because both my husband and I have jobs that can be quite active at times and because of this we sometimes aches and muscular pains. I tend to use this on my legs mostly but recently I have used this on my neck a few times after I seemed to keep 'sleeping funny' and ending up with neck pain.
I like the packaging, it stands out and the price is quite reasonable. I find this quite simple to use on almost any place of my body that I might need to reach but occasionally I have difficulty reaching a spot on my back and therefore have to get someone else to help me with this. I find that the spray works well and a decent amount comes out so I usually just need to press this down for a few seconds before I have covered the area that I need to effectively.
This gets to work in just a few seconds really and within a couple of minutes I can feel quite a lot of warming relief. My legs usually end up pain free within 10 or 15 minutes and they feel wonderfully warmed up and cared for. Occasionally my legs end up looking fairly red but this usually fades within an hour or two so this is not a problem as I am usually resting my legs for this length of time anyway.
The only thing that I do not like about this product, probably like most, is the smell. The smell is ridiculously strong, so much so that I can even smell it before I have sprayed this product. The lid keeps the smell contained no problem but as soon as it is used the stench is ridiculously strong. I find that this makes my chest feel a little heavy if I breathe it so I try to cover my mouth before I spray this and then move away from where I was standing when I sprayed it for a few minutes. The smell is very distinctive, it is just a strong medicinal kind of scent that stays on the skin for hours and even on occasion I have washed in the shower that night or the following morning and still been able to smell it afterwards as it really lingers on the skin and in the nostrils.
While this stinks, a lot, this does not put me off using this product as the relief that I get from using it is just fantastic and worth every penny and putting up with the smell! I have marked this down 1 star because of the smell but feel that because the relief I get usually lasts at least a few hours that this is still worth four stars.
I bought this product on a recommendation from a friend after I strained a muscle in my shoulder. My partner also used the product as he had a bad back which he thought may be muscular in nature.
~ What is Deep Heat? ~
Deep Heat is a topical heat rub, which can be used to treat and provide some relief to rheumatic pain, backache, and muscle sprains.
Deep heat is manufactured by Mentholatum and it is claimed that the spray can be used for the relief of pain in muscles, tendons, joints or bones, lower back and thigh pain, sprains or strains. Many people use Deep Heat before or after exercise, with the aim of preventing pain or straining.
~ Packaging and ingredients ~
Deep Heat spray comes in a simple aerosol can, which is bright red in colour, to represent the logo on the front of the can, which says 'Deep Heat.' The letters are cleverly designed to look like they are melting. The most commonly available can size is 150ml, which costs approximately £4.26.
You can buy Deep Heat from most reputable chemists, such as Boots and Superdrug. In addition you can buy Deep Heat from many leading supermarkets. Deep Heat can also be purhased in patch and gel form.
Active Ingredients are:
~How to use Deep Heat Spray ~
It really is very simple. You shake the can well before use and hold the can over the desired area. Hold the nozzle at least 15 cm away from the area and spray in 2- 3 short bursts, without massaging. You can use the spray up to 3 times per day. You should not spray the facial area and you shoud not inhale. It is recommended that hands are washed after use.
After you use Deep Heat you will notice that the area you have sprayed tingles and changes to a red colour, as if the skin was flushed. You will also feel the heat build up on the area.
You can usually get about 20 applications of use from one 150 ml can, depending on the size of the pain site.
Deep Heat appeared to have some effect on my painful shoulder, however the pain relief for me lasted only about half an hour. My partner said that for him it lasted a little longer.
What I didn't like about Deep Heat was the overpowering smell, of what I can only liken to germoline or similar. It absolutely reeks! Furthermore, the smell seems to hover about, it does not dissapear quickly. It sticks to your clothes and furniture.
In addition I appear to be sensitive to the spray as I turned bright red (I have pale skin) and it felt like I had mild sunburn which was rather uncomfortable. It doesnt affect my partner as badly, but it does make him itch.
So in a nutshell, Deep Heat is effective for short term but immediate pain relief, however it is very smelly and it does not last very long.
Deep heat is a spray that is meant to give fast relief from muscular aches and strains and also rheumatic pain. I buy it in a 150ml spray can, i'm not sure if theres other different sizes in the spray as I only use this. There are also deep heat patches, creams and foam baths available to use, but again i've never tried them.
The Deep Heat spray can at 150ml costs around £3 to £3.50, and it can be found in supermarkets and chemists. It comes in a recognisable red can, which you can see from the Dooyoo picture above.
--What it says on the can--
Deep Heat spray is a tropical painkiller, is rapidly absorbed by the skin and produces gentle warmth. Recommended for the relief of muscular and rhematic pain, lumbago, fibrositis, sprains, strains and sciatica. Also recommended when necessary before and after exercise.
--Directions for use--
Shake can well before use. Point spray to area of pain holding can about 15cm (6") from the skin. Press button and spray in 2-3 short bursts upto 3 times per day. Massage is not required.
Also contains Propan-2-ol, Butane
I've no idea what them ingredients are, but I know whatever it is.. it helps. I've used it on my leg and back, and when used.. firstly you notice the strong smell. Some may hate it, but I don't mind it.. I can't really explain the scent of it, it's one you would associate with deep heat though and recognise it when used. The important thing though is whether it works.. and I think so. It always really helped whenever i've applied it. The spray is cool once applied, but then heats up the skin giving it a warm sensation.. which I think eases the pain your feeling. The heat lasts a while too and by then I always think its made a difference and helped, so it's something I will always continue to keep in the cupboard for whenever it's needed. Therefore I give it 5 stars as in terms of pain relief - I find it to work. It also has a long expiry date of over a year so i'm sure it would get used. Before you buy this though, i'd read the warnings on the can as it states not to use if you are allergic to any ingredients and to consult your doctor before you use it if you are pregnant, asthmatic or on any prescribed medicines.
I sprayed deep heat on my back after a day of painful muscles and within seconds i had a rash that had spread all the way from my back, around my sides and round to my stomach. Being exceptionally pale the bright red skin was so obvious!!! It looked like i had spent a week in the sun and had awful sunburn! Tried it again a week later on my arm just to see if it was a one-off reaction or not and the same thing happened on my arm. It takes hours to go down and just stays red and blotchy and so painful! Didnt help the initial pain in the slightest so not something i will be using again!
In our house there is always one of us with pulled or strained muscles and therefore we always have a supply of Deep Heat in the house, I have tried other supposed muscle sprays but have always found that this one is the best. In the deep heat range you can get creams, heat patches and the spray, the spray costs between £3 and £3.50 for 150ml tin but as we do seem to use it regularly I try and buy it when it is on offers.
The tin of this product is pillar box red as all deep heat products are and the writing on the tin is done in such a way that it looks like red fire. Deep heat spray claims to be for "fast relief from rheumatic pain, muscular aches and strains." What it says on the tin "a topical painkiller, is rapidly absorbed by the skin and produces gentle warmth" the directions for use tell you to shake well and then holding the tin 6 inches away from the body spray at the effected area in 2-3 short bursts using it up to 3 times a day. On the tin there is also a list of active ingredients, warnings about pressurised tins such as keeping away from direct sunlight and quite a lot of warning about the product;
For external use only
Do not use if allergic to any ingredients
Consult doctors if pregnant, breastfeeding or asthmatic
Use only on unbroken skin
Avoid inhalation and contact with eyes
Temporary skin redness may occur
Don't use on under 5's
Discontinue use if any irritation
Makes you wonder how this product can be any good for you!
The product is easy to use and comes out of the tin at quite a speed, we always administer it outside due to the smell being very strong, it smells spicy but like hospitals at the same time. The spray really does seem to work well but you could often do with using it more than 3 times a day when really bad as it wears off long before you are able to use it again. When sprayed onto the skin the warm feeling I find quite soothing and this does give some relief, I tend to use it when I need to get housework done or bath the children when my backs playing up. This is one I would recommend and is always in our medicine cupboard.
I suffer a great deal with muscle and joint pain especially in my arms and shoulders. I was given some cream to rub on but as my shoulders and arms dont work properly it is impossible for me to be able to apply the cream myself to the back of the shoulder area. I saw these sprays in the chemist and asked the pharmacist about them and he said that I should be able to apply it myself and it would give me some relief from my pain and discomfort so I bought one to try it out.
The can cost me about £3 for the tin at the time as I was in my small local chemist near my doctors surgery but if I had gone up the town to Boots I would have been able to get it a bit cheaper, in fact at the moment they have it on special offer and it is only £1.25.
To be able to spray the can myself I had to remove my top clothes so that I didn't get it all over them as well as my skin. I found it quite easy to spray my left shoulder with my right had but I did have a bit of trouble with my left hand as I am not very good at using that hand plus my left arm doesn't work so well to get it in the right position for spraying but I managed it in the end.
When you first spray it on you feel quite a cold sensation until the spray starts to dry, then you can start to feel it tingling a bit and the skin gets hotter and hotter. I found this quite bearable and it did give me a lot of relief. I did find though that on the side I was having trouble with I had managed to squirt some onto the back of my neck and I found that this area being that much more sensitive did start to get very irritated and felt a bit sore so I tried to wash it off with some hot soapy water which did make a difference.
I also found out that if you put your clothing back on again before the spray has dried then it can get on your clothes and if you wear them again it can irritate your skin. I found this out the hard way, not by doing it myself but I got my other half to spray my shoulder and he just lifted up my top and sprayed it underneath, then let it drop back down again. I put the same top on the next morning and had to go and change it. Also you could smell it on the top so be careful if applying it whilst you are not able to remove your clothing first.
The active ingredients in the spray are methyl nicotinate and methyl salicylate which as well as being topical pain killers helps by making the blood flow more to the area. This is what makes the heat feeling and if you look at the skin you can see it goes a nice shade of red.
I would really recommend one of these sprays if you are going to be careful when applying it. The smell is quite strong but nice in a medicinal kind of way but you should try not to inhale it whilst spraying. Also make sure you don't get it in your eyes or mouth and wash your hands afterwards as if its on your fingers it could a) irritate the skin or b) you could accidentally touch your eye or mouth and make matters a lot worse.
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I have suffered from back and hip pain on and off for a few months now and get sick of taking painkillers all the time, especially since they are not always effective. I was in the supermarket one day a few weeks ago stocking up on ibuprofen tablets and gel when I spotted a can of deep heat on the same shelves and decided to have a look. It claimed to offer relief from muscular pain so I decided to give it a try. It cost around £3 for a 150ml can.
To use Deep Heat you simply spray it onto the area which is painful, having somebody else spray it onto your back for you means that you don't have to contort yourself into an impossible position! The spray feels really cold when you apply it and then after a few minutes you feel a warmth spreading over your muscles. The warmth is amazing, and I can feel it really deep into my muscles and not just on the surface and it lasts for probably around 15 minutes before fading away.
Deep Heat contains the active ingredients methyl nicotinate and methyl salicylate which, according to Dr Google, work both as a topical painkiller and by increasing bloodflow to the area which the preparation is applied. I have found it is really effective at soothing my aches but I still use it in conjunction with ibuprofen for longer lasting pain relief. What really impresses me about Deep Heat is that I find that it really helps to free up knotted muscles and increase the range of movement in my upper back after I have used it which is something which I don't see happening when I just take painkillers.
Unfortunately, although Deep Heat is highly effective at easing my pain and increasing my movement it also has a few flaws. The first thing that I don't like about it is the fact that it stinks. I looked up one of the ingredients which said it was an evergreen fragrance but the smell is really pungent. I can only use Deep Heat in my bathroom with the extractor fan on and then I exit the room as soon as possible and let the smell get carried away. The smell also sticks to your clothes which have touched the area where you have used Deep Heat and even after I put my nightie through a quickwash with fabric softener I could smell traces of it.
The second problem with Deep Heat is that it can really irritate your skin. I always seem to manage to get a little bit on my hands and it makes them really red and itchy. It makes my eyes water when I am spraying it and when spraying the base of my spine it got between my bum cheeks and managed to make a very delicate area sting! It proabably irritates my back too but is masked by the heating effect, luckily the irritation soon dies down.
I do like Deep Heat because of how effective it is but it does need to be used with care. It is also highly cost effective, I have probably got at least 20 applications out of the can so far. I did notice Deep Heat gel was also on sale so I am going to try that too as hopefully it will have the same active ingredients without stinking my house out.
Symptomatic relief of muscular pain, bursitis and tendinitis including rheumatic pain, strains, fibrositis, lumbago and sciatica. 150ml.