Biofreeze is a gel form topical remedy that acts similarly to the effects of cold packs. Biofreeze was initially developed to relieved pain caused by various injuries, but it has been used widely by people suffering from sports injuries. Biofreeze comes in a variety of types, depending on the need of the individual. Biofreeze is packed in small gel bottles that can be applied on the skin. Biofreeze is also available in wipes form, roll-on stick and spray. These different types allow consumers to choose the most convenient Biofreeze for them, plus you can try a free sample at your next visit to Dr. Mohr, your Wesley Chapel chiropractor.
Biofreeze contains menthol and other soothing chemicals that provide cool sensation in the skin. It is considered a cryotherapy because it uses cold substances to treat ailments. Cold therapy is used primarily for its vasoconstricting effect. When it is applied over the skin, the blood vessels tend to constrict leading to reduced vascular permeability. When permeability is reduced, swelling and inflammation is usually managed. Cold therapy from Biofreeze also results in numbing the painful area thereby significantly reducing pain. Biofreeze is most commonly used by athletes to relive body pains resulting from sports injuries.
Uses of Biofreeze
Biofreeze can be used to treat various musculoskeletal conditions such as:
- Muscle pains
- Muscle sprains and strains
- Muscle cramps
- Joint swelling and pain
- Sports-related injuries
- Other inflammatory conditions involving the musculoskeletal system.
Biofreeze can also be used in conjunction with physical therapy to increase the relieving effects. It can also be used during exercise to relieve pains associated with work-outs. In addition, it can also be used as an overall comfort remedy for people suffering from body pains.
Benefits of Biofreeze
Biofreeze provide various benefits compared to other treatments for musculoskeletal problems. These include:
- Effectively reduces pain and swelling
Biofreeze is especially made to relieve pain and swelling. As a cooling remedy, the gel or any Biofreeze form produces a relaxing effect on the muscles leading to reduction in pain. It also causes reduction in swelling of the joints and other areas of the body because of its effect on vasoconstriction.
- Biofreeze is not messy as compared to ice packs
Ice packs usually drip when the ice has already melted. The ice should also be replaced every now and then. Biofreeze is less messy than ice packs because it is easily absorbed in the skin.
- Provides fast localized effect
Biofreeze provides fast cooling effect on the affected area and also provides localized effect in contrast to anti-inflammatory drugs that may produce systemic side-effects such as gastric irritation.
- Improves musculoskeletal functioning
With the cooling effect of Biofreeze, inflammation is significantly reduced thereby, there is improved functioning of the muscles or joints.
Biofreeze should be used accordingly to maximize the effects. Gel form should be applied evenly on the skin in a circular motion. Biofreeze gel may also be used for massage purposes. Roll-on ball should also be applied on the skin and can be massaged using the hands to improve absorption. In addition, Biofreeze sprays should be sprayed at least 4 inches from the surfaces of the skin. Gently massage the mist to allow absorption and optimum effects.