Whether you exercise every day or you have just decided to go outside and run around with your friends, anyone can get hurt. You could pull a muscle, sprain your ankle, or hurt your back. When you feel these types of aches and pains there are many options to get relief. Since many people are not fans of taking pills because of the possible health risks Icy Hot is a good option to use.
Icy Hot is available in several different forms. There is a power gel, a spray, patches and a no mess applicator which is the one I have. The advantage of using the no mess applicator over some of the other types is that you do not get it all over your hands. The liquid is stored inside the container which has a roller ball on the top and you simply roll on the relief wherever you need it.
The way Icy Hot works is that it stimulates nerve receptors to alternate between cooling and heating the area to which you applied it. This works to relieve your pain because it is said that cooling dulls the pain allowing the heating to relax the muscle and rest it so the pain goes away.
My father purchased this for me when I injured my back during marching band practice. I applied it to my sore spots as soon as we got home and within a few minutes it began to feel better. I used it for a few days until the pain was no longer affecting my other activities.
Use caution when using a product like this because like with any other kind of medication you can become addicted to it. Using it too often can lead to broken and/or irritated skin and it should not be used by children under twelve.
The one thing I don’t like about it is the smell which is a bit strong and medicine like but if used only when needed, the benefits outweigh the risks.