Away with you frozen peas, pain relief now comes from a gel

Biofreeze 01Just a heads up, probably don’t put this on if you’re about to head out for the night unless you want to smell like Eau du Hospital. I’m speaking from experience here, although, to be fair, the aroma dissipates quickly.

The medicinal smell of this clear gel implies it’s a properly cultivated from science-based theory in a lab; an organic medicine made from the sun-dried leaves of the rare thousand-year-old Amazon wopsimegong plant it is not (yeah, okay, might have made that up).

The press blurb says BioFreeze is a “pain relieving cooling gel perfect for any sports and fitness enthusiasts”. So I tried BioFreeze, ironically enough, on my ‘frozen neck’.

Now, I’m not entirely sure this is a technical term but the pain remained from a recent stint where I was unable to move my neck further than eleven o’clock to one o’clock. I’m now at a near full range of movement from nine o’clock to three o’clock but still in pain.

I’m much used to trying to fix myself after years managing back pain following a gymnastics-invoked stress fracture leading to a spinal fusion operation, so this neck pain is something I’d had before, so I was happy to self medicate, so on with the gel it was.

A thin layer was all that was required (again, read destructions before beginning… another lesson learned from yours truly), it doesn’t necessarily require massaging in to the affected area (although your partner doesn’t need to know that), and it dries quickly so you’re not left hanging around waiting to put your clothes on so that more than your affected area begins to freeze.

Biofreeze 02It doesn’t feel ‘frozen’ as such, not like when you stick a bag of frozen peas on your injury, which feels properly cold, even through a tea towel. I guess it’s like when icy cold air blows across an exposed moist section of skin, so not at all unpleasant, you can just feel it.

The gel also enables you to be more mobile; balancing frozen-peas-wrapped-in-a-tea-towel is not conducive to getting on with anything else – unless you wrap yourself with cling film (or saran wrap for you Americans, or Glad wrap in Australia… so many odd names for one product, non?).

Anyway, I digress. The bit you’re really after, does it work?

Two out of the three times I tried it I felt it took the edge off the pain. To be fair, the other time I used it I was doing stuff not conducive to aiding the minimisation of neck pain, for example, sitting at an awkward angle in an armchair at my parent’s house trying to get some flaming signal from their router to my computer.

So the upshot is yes, I think the gel is worth a go and could work for you as long as you make the effort to avoid other contributing factors to your pain.

Did I get this for free from a PR company? Yes.
Would I buy it myself? Undecided.
Will I keep using the free tube? Yes.

Rating 6.5/10

BioFreeze is available at boots.com and prices range from £3.49 – £9.99, and also from Amazon.

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By Jo Gunston

 

 

 

 

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