Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel

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Pain is there to tell us when something’s wrong inside us – but it doesn’t necessarily go away once we’ve got the message. There are a number of ways of stopping – or at least reducing – that pain, but analgesic medications, and their stronger cousins the opioids, can often cause more harm than good.

So we looked at an alternative to both: Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel – a treatment for muscle and joint pain that goes into the skin around the affected area, and uses cold to interrupt the pain messages going from there to the brain.

Many people prefer treating pain with warmth, so we looked a little closer at Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel to see if there were advantages to cold treatment, and this is what we found.

Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel Pros

  • Goes directly onto the painful area, so it’s much more targeted
  • No chance of addiction or painkiller medication side-effects
  • Available without prescription

Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel Cons

  • Not for curing the cause of any pain
  • Might not be the most appropriate form of pain relief
  • We had to check the product safety sheet to find out what the ingredients were
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What You Need To Know About Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel

We’re told that Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel is for soothing minor muscle and joint pain, so its effectiveness really depends on how you’d define “minor” pain. It uses the cooling effect of menthol, which binds with receptors in the skin which are sensitive to temperature and which affect pain signals going to the brain.

Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel is available in gel, spray, and roll-on formats, in sizes ranging from 4 ounces to a whole gallon.

We’re told it’s good for four applications a day, each effective for three hours, so there will be times during the day when however much we’d like to use it, we can’t.

What Are The Side Effects Of Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel?

One Amazon reviewer found the area they used Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel on started “itching like crazy” and a few days later they still had a lot of tiny itchy bumps there. So there is the potential for reactions, and these can include skin problems, breathing problems, and even life-threatening allergic reactions to the menthol in Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel.

How Much Does Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel Cost?

The price varies, depending on who you’re buying it from. We’re going to go out on a limb here and say we don’t recommend Amazon sellers for this product, because we’re not entirely sure what they’re selling is always genuine. That’s judging both from the variations in price and the negative comments from reviewers there.

So we went to Walmart instead, where a 4-ounce tube costs $10.26, and the price increases are proportional to the amount of Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel on offer – all the way up to the gallon jug costing $138.06.

Our Verdict On Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel

It’s interesting to note that there are many studies linked to the Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel sales website which tell us how well cold treatment works. However, not too far from that link, the website also tells us there’s a certain amount of doubt about how Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel actually works, as in, “When Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel is applied to a painful area, it’s thought to create a cold sensation that overrides these pain signals.” It’s thought?

And if it lasts for three hours per application but we’re not allowed more than four applications each day, we don’t really like the idea of those aches and pains coming back to haunt us until bedtime. But we’ll give the makers of Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel full marks for honesty, because nowhere do they say Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel is for curing the cause of pain. In fact, they go to great lengths to tell us it won’t.

Our verdict? We’d say it depends very much on what you’re using Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel for, and whether that condition would be better dealt with by using heat treatment instead. We’d advise you to check with a health professional before buying a small tube of Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel. If they give you the go-ahead, then great. And if it works for you, even better. But if it doesn’t, as long as you haven’t invested in a gallon jug you haven’t lost out on a whole heap of cash.

Overall, we do not recommend Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel to our readers.

Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel Review

Heat therapy reduces pain by expanding blood vessels to improve the circulation in the afflicted area. It also brings more nutrients there and flushes away waste material, helping the healing process. But then again, it’s not always effective when it comes to reducing inflammation.

Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel Facts

  • Manufacturer Performance Health was founded in 1990 and is based in Akron OH
  • Performance Health sells clinical supplies, mobility and living aids, and orthopedic equipment
  • Works by creating a sensation that over-rides pain signals to the brain

Cold therapy can reduce pain and inflammation by making the blood vessels narrower, but it can also make spasms and muscle tension much worse.

How to Take Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel

  • For hands-on massage applications on large muscle areas and joints, use the gel tube.
  • For smaller muscle areas, use the roll on to apply Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel and to massage around the area.
  • For hard-to-reach areas and for back and neck pain, use the spray.
  • You can use Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel up to four times a day. Each application lasts three hours.

Cold therapy can use anything from cold water … to ice cubes … to that bag of frozen peas in your freezer. Then again, if you’re out and about for any length of time in hot weather, carrying around a bag of defrosting farm produce is a lot less convenient than popping a handy 4-ounce tube of Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel into a pocket or handbag before starting out.

Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel Concerns:

  • No studies available on long-term use
  • No information about whether Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel creates false positives in drug testing
  • Why can’t you use it more than 4 times a day?

For short-term use, that little 4-ounce tube would be a great idea, but perhaps not so if you’re using it for pain relief during any kind of sporting activity: the makers don’t have clear information on whether or not Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel can cause false positives during various drug tests.

What Does Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel Claim To Do?

Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel over-rides pain signals to the brain through a process known as “Gate Control Theory”, where nerve impulses block the transmission of pain signals along other nerves to the brain.

It doesn’t claim to deal with the causes of pain, but it does claim to provide relief.

Does Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel Work?

As pain relief, yes – but only on a temporary basis. And even though it’s only on a temporary basis, Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel has much less potential for harm than analgesic and opioid medications. But as something to deal with the cause of that pain? No.

What Are The Ingredients of Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel?

Active Ingredient:

  • Menthol 3.5%

Inactive Ingredients:

  • Camphor (for scent)
  • Carbomer (for gel)
  • FD&C blue #1
  • FD&C yellow #5
  • Glycerin
  • Herbal Extract (ILEX Paraguariensis)
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Methylparaben
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Silicon Dioxide
  • Triethanolamine
  • Water

Does Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel Have Any Side Effects?

WebMD tells us that common side effects of a topical muscle rub with menthol could be stinging or itching of the skin, but the rare side effects are much less pleasant, and can include:

  • Burning sensation
  • Faintness
  • Swelling of, and tightness in, the throat
  • Hives
  • Fluid accumulation around the eye
  • Hives
  • Hypersensitivity drug reaction
  • Allergic reaction (life-threatening)
  • Puffy face caused by water retention
  • Skin ulcers
  • Breathing troubles

Caution:

Warning: Flammable. May cause eye irritation. May be harmful if swallowed. Avoid breathing vapor or mist. Wash hands thoroughly after handling. Keep away from heat, sparks, open flames, and hot surfaces. No smoking. Keep out of reach of children.

And there’s one more point we should consider here: some painful conditions can be remedied by alternating heat and cold treatments, and that’s something the makers of Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel insist we shouldn’t do. Makes perfect sense, really – if we apply heat to an area that’s been desensitized with a cold treatment, we might not realize how hot our skin has become until it’s too late and it starts coming up in blisters.

Are There Any Customer Reviews For Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel?

It’s very rare that we find a negative review of any product on the website selling it, so we went to Amazon.com to see what people said about Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel there. And that’s why we’re not that confident those people who’ve left some of the negative reviews actually bought the real thing.

Here are three which made us suspicious:

Tube seemed old. Seems to have separated but expiration date was still good. I have used biofreeze many times before and this tube just didn’t seem to work.

Not like it used to be.

It’s fake. No heat at all. Does not relief the pain.

So once again, we have to say, be very careful when buying any kind of medication or supplement from an online portal like Amazon, because you might not get what you think you ordered.

We also found some reviews on WebMD, including a very happy one from someone who uses Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel for migraines (even though the Biofreeze Q&A says it’s not intended for use on headaches).

Does Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel Offer a Money-Back Guarantee?

That would be down to the store or medical professional who sold it to you.

Where Can I Buy Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel?

Since it’s an over-the-counter product, you should be able to find Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel in your local drugstore. You could also buy it direct from your physician or therapist.

Summary: Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel


Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel

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The Muscle Watchdog does not recommend Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel.

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