Originally Posted by tobetheman
I got back aches and neck aches sometimes after waking up so I need something that will help. Is there anything u guys use that isn't too expensive and that doesn't smell terrible or stain, and still works?
I've a new fan of this stuff called BIOFREEZE
. I've been having some real muscle/neck problems, and I was given 2 free samples of this from a chiropractor I went to.
It's like Tiger Balm times 100! AMAZING! I don't know how much a bottle costs, but I put it on (it's a blue green gel, but vanishes into your skin), and went to bed, and I felt it really working for a loooong time. Really heats up the muscles, more than a massage, more than a heating pad.
Smells strongly of camphor (like Vicks Vaporub), but to me, it was a clean, bracing smell. You might sniff it first, see if you can stand it.
The sample I have left says on it:
-The Cold Method
Active ingredient is Menthol, at 3.5%.
Says not to use with any other lotions/creams/gels, or with heating pads. And don't rub in your eyes, mucuous membranes, etc.
Made by Performance Health Inc. in Export, PA, USA.
Their Questions & Comments line:
1-800-246-3733 or 1-724-733-9500
Website is www.biofreeze.com
- or if that gets stripped for some reason, Google the name.
I don't own stock in the company or anything... I was just blown away by how well it works!
Here is something off their website about getting it:
Q: Where can I buy Biofreeze?
A: The best place to purchase Biofreeze is through a licensed healthcare professional in your area. “Check local yellow pages”: Chiropractors, Podiatrists, Athletic Trainers, Occupational, Massage or Physical Therapists.
Q: Do I need a prescription to get Biofreeze?
A: No. You do not need a prescription, nor do you need to be a patient of the HCP in your area to purchase Biofreeze from them. Biofreeze is not a retail product and is not available through a pharmacy or any retail environment.
Q: Can you send me a sample of Biofreeze?
A: Of course, we would be glad to send you a sample packet for Biofreeze. Included will be a brochure on the product itself, “2” of the 5 gm trial packets for you to try and also an ordering form for future reference in case you ever find it difficult to locate the product in your area.
Also - you might want to look into, if you haven't, why you are having these problems. Sleeping on your stomach? Bad computer ergonomics? Poor lifting technique? Etc. For me, it was that my computer mouse at work is about 2" higher than my keyboard. Hard to believe how much this can mess you up after 8 hours! (and several years of 'sucking it up'!)