When I came into work today, I noticed a small sample sized pouch of “MaXXiRub.” For the record, I have never heard of this in my life and if you add another “X,” you could confuse it for some type of erotic lotion. After giving it a good look, it turned out to be a pain relief ointment. This product is supposed to help out if you’re dealing with strains, sprains, stiffness in joints, muscle crams, and neck tension. I was very apprehensive because one look at the website and this cheap brochure that essentially looked like a printed version of the website made me think of this as some type of snake oil.

Nevertheless, I decided to try it. I know what you’re thinking, “How are you going to review something for pain if you don’t have any?” Long story short, I ran into my house this weekend and sprained my hand rather badly. Moving on, the first thing I did notice about MaXXiRub was the smell. There wasn’t an overpowering aroma of chemicals that I normally deal with from mainstream brands like Bengay and there wasn’t a greasy residue. In fact, it smells like a decent lotion and after rubbing it on for a while, it was all gone. This is especially important because Bengay is the official smell of old people so it's a scent to avoid when possible.

I went about my normal Truth in Aging work and within about five minutes, realized that the sharp shooting pain in my right thumb was gone. It was kind of shocking to say the least, reading the MaXXiRub site, one (of only four) testimonial did mention that pain relief was instantaneous. My co-worker on the other hand, who had a black and blue bruise on her leg, did not feel any improvement. At $29.95, the price is definitely steeper than your average drugstore brands. You’ll also have to deal with a bit of a risk, this seems hit or miss when it comes to healing and it might be due to the ingredients or lack there of. There aren’t many things in this product but what it does contain is apparently natural according to MaXXiRub. One final warning is that MaXXiRub’s statements haven’t been evaluated by the FDA which is another term for this being a type of alternative medicine.

This product seems to be marketed towards individuals with chronic pain. MaXXiRub is really trying to help those with bad knees, hands, and problems related to arthritis. If you on the other hand just got out of the gym and want to feel the product working, with almost a cooling effect, this probably isn't the product for you. Check out Jimmy's picks with the Epicuren Sports Massage Cream or the Naturopathica Arnica Muscle Gel. The Naturopathica Arnica Muscle Gel especially is great because it has oils to help hydrate your skin.

I don’t think I’d spend $29.95 on such a small quantity, especially when ice and aspirin are cheap and plentiful in my house. If I did however have this lying around the house, I’d choose it over the Bengay, every time.

MSM, Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Emu Oil, and Omega 3,6, & 9