Topical Pain Relievers: An Alternative to Ice

Cryotherapy, or cold therapy, is nothing new. Ice has been used throughout history to address pain and swelling in injuries across all populations. What else isn’t new? The hassle of leaky ice bags that don’t always hit your pain points. One way to achieve all the benefits of cryotherapy without having to use ice is through topical pain relievers.

What Topical Pain Relievers Are and How They Work

Also called “topical analgesics”—which can sound intimidating—topical pain relievers are simply a form of pain relief that you apply directly to the skin where it hurts. Topical analgesics like Biofreeze® Pain Reliever use cryotherapy, meaning relief comes in the form of a cooling sensation on the area of pain.

To understand how topical pain relievers work, it’s important to understand something called Gate Control Theory—how all methods of cryotherapy pain relief are thought to work.

This theory involves overriding the pain sensations through the application of an outside stimulus (Biofreeze in this case) to the skin. So when you rub Biofreeze onto your pain point, the cold sensation keeps your nerves from carrying the pain signals to your brain.

Why You Should Try Topical Pain Relief

Ice is the most popular form of cryotherapy, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best way to administer cold relief. While it’s definitely an effective way to reduce pain, ice does have some significant disadvantages, such as stiffness, skin irritation, temporary pain and numbness, and it generally requires you to remain stationary.

Whether you rub it in, roll it on or spray it, Biofreeze offers an effective alternative to traditional icing. It’s portable, fast-acting and doesn’t drip cold water on you—plus, it allows you to keep moving right after applying it.

In one comparison study, Biofreeze was shown to provide nearly two times the pain reduction that ice did. Participants in that study also reported that the relief from Biofreeze lasted longer than from traditional ice.

Biofreeze offers pain relief lasting up to four hours for many areas of your body. It has been shown to reduce pain and swelling for anyone suffering from:

  • Low back pain
  • Arthritis
  • Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)

Pain is a very real, and challenging, part of life. So finding relief that works for you is incredibly important. Using a topical pain reliever is a great option that allows you to find relief and keep living your life.

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