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Biofreeze: a topical treatment for age-related pain

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February 19, 2009 Reviewed by admin 5 Comments
Posted by Kate

Last night I was looking through an old box of curled, yellowed photographs, in search of a Kodak moment which could be used to "roast" my husband at an upcoming event. I was looking for the shot that showed him as a college freshman sporting a cheesy 70's mustache and a perm, wearing platform shoes and a shiny polyester shirt, with the gigantic pukka shell necklace peaking through his plunging neckline. True story. But even though I found the photograph I was looking for, the joke was on me because there were photos in that box of me in my 70's and 80's "get ups" which were even worse!

There were dozens of hysterically horrible pictures of me to chose from, but the one that took the cake was the 1976 shot in which I posed saucily wearing a denim jumpsuit that was seriously too short, with shoulder pads the size of Delaware, with hair apparently styled by Frankenstein himself, while sporting a wide red polka dot plastic belt, and eye liner that made me look like a weary Egyptian Cleopatra. And I distinctly remember being glad to have my picture taken that day to capture my "groovy" look,  because I KNEW I LOOKED SO CUTE! (Note: if you are too young to remember this era and are smirking at my fashion choices, just wait 20 years and see how that photo of you sporting the baseball hat worn backwards or the intentionally visible underwear strikes you).

My little stroll down fashion memory lane was equal parts painful and funny.

What isn't funny about getting older is that years of use and abuse cause aging joints to hurt. A lot. Real pain which makes even getting a good nights rest elusive without daily doses of over-the-counter aspirins and their chemical cousins.  Everything from old sports injuries to age related joint inflammation sneak in painful reminders that you are no longer 18 and bullet proof. The #1 complaint heard by physicians in patients over 30 is simple body pain.

As always, talk to your doctor, but if you are looking into homeopathic options as a way to avoid an endless program of ingestible chemical pain relievers, you might want to consider BioFreeze pain relieving gel. It contains something called Ilex Paraguariensisich, which is an herbal extract from a South American holly shrub. Ilex has been used for centuries as a natural topical pain reliever. It can be used on sore muscles and sprains, chronic back, shoulder, and neck pain, arthritis, joints (knee, hip, elbow, etc). This is fairly powerful stuff, and is typically sold directly through and to Practitioners ( Chiropractors, Massage Studios) and through the BioFreeze website.

I was recently introduced to BioFreeze by my masseuse who used it on me prior to some really "deep" trigger point work on an old sports injury in my shoulder.  The BioFreeze didn't "scald" my sensitive skin like the "hot pepper" (capzasin)  products, the smell was tolerable, and the pain relief was immediate and lasted all afternoon and through the night. She sent some Biofreeze home with me, and my husband has tried Biofreeze on his aching knees with a good result. I used the creme, but BioFreeze also comes in a roll-on, and a spray.  As always, don't be stupid and apply it to open wounds, your eyes, or pour it on without doing a "test" spot first, and wash your hands thoroughly after application. That being said, I haven't heard of any negative reactions when used as directed.

The primary ingredinents are what you would expect to find in a topical rub, with the exception of the addition of the Ilex Paraguariensis. According to the manufacturers website, the ingredients In Biofreeze are as follows: Active Ingredients: menthol, 3.5%; camphor, 0.2%. Inactive Ingredients: water, isopropyl alcohol, herbal extract (ILEX Paraguariensis), carbomer, triethanolamine, silicon dioxide, methylparaben, FD&C yellow #5, FD&C blue #1

If only Biofreeze would relieve the pain of those old faddish photographs.
  • February 2, 2010

    by Susan

    First time my chiropractor used Biofreeze on my back and neck and I woke up the next day covered in red welts, itching and in pain. I have tried all the over-counter-lotions available to reduce the redness, welts and itching to no avail. This is day four and I am off to the doctor for help. I have never, ever had a reaction to any product containing menthol, camphor or even the capzasin products, not skin sensitive either so I don't know why I reacted so badly unless it is the mystery south american holly shrub extract. All I can say now is, try a little on a small area of skin before dousing your entire back as I am one miserable, itching, scratching person right now and am 3 weeks from a trip to Italy. Beware!!!!!

  • October 12, 2009

    by Justice

    The best topical pain reliever I have ever used is Physician's Pain Relief Cream. It works so much better than Biofreeze. As I understand it, the reason the product works so well is that it has six anti-inflammatory ingredients, not just one or maybe two. If you read the label, you can see Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Glutamine, and some anti-oxidants are also in the cream. It may cost a little more than Biofreeze, but you get what you pay for, and this product beats the others hands-down. No freezing, no burning, it smells great. This product has it all. According to the tube, you can buy it on the internet at www.realpainrelief.com. Oh yes, and they have a money-back guarantee.

  • June 4, 2009

    by jada

    My husband and I use the spray - it's a little cold when you first spray it on, but after ...ahhh, the relief! We first purchased it from the chiropractor, but I've also seen it at a physical therapist office.

  • March 10, 2009

    by Kate

    Hi Ha,

    Thanks for the idea, and by the way, the product seems to be working even better for me, the longer I use it. Maybe there is some cumulative effect, but the shoulder injury I have lived with for almost two years is now almost pain free after a month of daily usage. Hope it works for others as well as it does for me.

  • February 19, 2009

    by ha

    My boyfriend would use this after his baseball games and it definitely helped relieve his aches. People who wants to try before buying it can probably get samples from their chiropractors.

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