Pain isn’t always just a nuisance, it’s sometimes a message–your body’s way of telling you that something needs to be resolved. That’s why, when it comes to muscle and joint pain, we recommend pairing Biofreeze with the expert care of one of our trained health care professionals. Biofreeze will provide cooling relief while our team works to maximize that relief and help correct the underlying problem.
How Biofreeze Works
Whether it’s an overworked muscle, a chronically achy back, or the fitful discomfort of arthritis, pain affects millions of Americans every day. Biofreeze is a topical analgesic that uses the cooling effect of menthol, a natural pain reliever, to soothe minor muscle and joint pain. It penetrates quickly, offering relief through cold therapy. For this reason, it’s especially effective for use in conjunction with hands-on health care like chiropractic, massage therapy, and physiotherapy.
When Biofreeze is applied, menthol binds with temperature-sensitive receptors in the skin. Activating these receptors is thought to modulate pain signals through the body’s natural pain relieving systems. This mechanism works similarly to ice, but with additional benefits.
Biofreeze vs. Ice
Ice is the original cold therapy solution. Like Biofreeze, it reduces arterial blood flow to the applied area, while increasing circulation in the skin. There are some disadvantages to ice, however, such as stiffness, skin irritation, temporary pain and numbness, and the fact that it requires inactivity during application. Biofreeze offers the benefits of ice, and more.
In a study of Biofreeze vs ice on acute uncomplicated neck pain, Biofreeze was found to be:
- Nearly twice as powerful in relieving pain
- Substantially more comfortable and convenient
- Longer-lasting in 9 out of 10 patients
- Generally preferred