Pain Prevention Tips: Ice, Heat & Pain-Relieving Cream

Pain Prevention TipsAches and pains happen – even for those who workout. If you want to continue reaching your goal, you want to have solutions for pain prevention so these minor aches don’t slow you down. That’s when ice and products like Thera-Gesic are great. When I first heard of Thera-Gesic, I honestly didn’t know what to think – or what to expect. I had never tried a pain relieving cream before. When I got my first tube, it took me a while to even break it open because I didn’t think I had any real “pain” to treat. I don’t know what kind of “pain” I thought I needed to have to warrant slathering on a pain-relieving cream, but I eventually changed my thinking.

Theragesic Product Review & Pain Prevention Tips

back painWhen I started thinking about it, I realized I had been struggling with tight traps and back muscles for a while.  I guess I had just been living with that for so long, I had gotten used to it. So, one night I decided to give my new cream a try. I coated 2 layers (for a stronger affect, as directed on the label) across my traps (tops of my shoulders) and on some meaty parts of my back that were all knotted up. I threw on a night shirt and hit the sack.

As I was lying in the bed, I could begin to feel the heating action of the cream take affect. I literally felt my muscles slowly relax. This soothing warmth was so comforting, it helped me fall asleep.

cold laserA few weeks later, I started to develop tendonitis in my left ankle. One day I bumped in to “Dr. Tom” (Tom Harmony), one of our members at Max Fitness who is a Chiropractor Total Health of Vero Beach.  I asked him about my ankle and he felt sure he could help so I went in right away. While he was adjusting my foot and applying cold laser therapy to reduce inflammation, I remembered my Thera-Gesic cream and started drilling him with questions.

I had tried it on my ankle, but it didn’t give me the same relief it did when I put it on my back. I wanted to learn more on how to use this cream properly and he really gave me some great information I wanted to pass along to you!

Ice Pack1. Ice inflammation caused by injury.  Dr. Tom told me I needed to ice my ankle to reduce the inflammation in and around my tendon. Of course this is not near as fun as using heat, but it would get me up and running again much faster since heat could actually make the inflammation worse. Since Thera-Gesic has a heating element to it, he suggested I not use that cream for my ankle. However, he did want me to loosen up the muscles in my calves and areas around my injury. So in addition to stretching my calves, I could use the Thera-Gesic cream on my calves to help relax those tight muscles.

heatingPad2. Use heat on chronic pain, not due to injury, like arthritis. When my muscles are tight or a joint is inflamed from a chronic illness, heat is comforting. This is when Thera-Gesic is helpful. I remember my grandmother, who suffered with severe arthritis in her back, was always sitting against a heating pad. Heat was extremely comforting for her. However, if your joint is inflamed from acute injury (like pulling your pack out of whack), heat should be avoided and ice should be used. He also explained that there is a lot of blood flow to big muscles, and that is why those areas warmed up so nicely in my back, which was great for my aching muscles. Knowing that made me want to put it on every single muscle in my entire body! ha 🙂

So, my regimen was to use cold laser therapy and ice for my joint injuries and use Thera-Gesic on my tight sore muscles – a winning combination!

Cool Tid-Bit: Don’t want to smell like mentol? Don’t worry, I discovered that after you let the cream penetrate completely, you can wash your skin without decreasing the effectiveness. After testing it out, it looks like I will be keeping a tube of Thera-Gesic around our house!

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–       Leave a comment here on my blog with your favorite form of exercise

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Winners will be selected at random, and prizes will be fulfilled by Thera-Gesic. This is a sponsored post brought to you by Thera-Gesic. The opinions expressed here are my own.

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About Bonnie Pfiester

Fitness Columnist and Lifestyle Coach, Resident Trainer for Designer Whey, Fitness Advisor for FitStudio, powered by Sears, FitFluential Ambassador and Owner of Max Fitness Club, home of BCx Boot Camp in Vero Beach, Florida.

Posted on March 28, 2013, in Pain Prevention/Rehabilittion, PFIT TIPS, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Thanks for the info Bonnie. I am in my sophomore year of dental hygiene school so I suffer with a sore back frequently. I’m always on the look out for something to help with tired, sore muscles. Thera-Gesic sounds like something I’d love to try!! Oh and my favorite form of exercise is weight training/assisted pull-ups. My goal is to do them UNassisted one day! 🙂

    • that’s awesome! I love those too! I juuuuust got my first pull ups recently. Working hard to look cooler doing them! hahaha!! Right now, I look like I’m about to bust a gut trying to get up there! ha! 😉

  2. Which category does sore muscles from new exercises fall under? I just learned kettle bell swings at CrossFit yesterday. I don’t think there’s a part of my body that doesn’t feel them!

    My favorite exercise is a tie between CrossFit and Zumba. I really like push jerks.

  3. Great information. Thanks!

  4. It is great to understand the difference in relieving pain from different sources…Thank you! At times, it feels like I am fighting my body to stay in shape….it does not respond like it did in my 20’s and 30’s. I love any kind of HIIT..it just keeps things interesting for me.

  5. Great info, I’m just getting over a back problem that is being treated with heat so I’ll need to check this product out. As far as my work out…I love Zumba!

  6. Thanks for the info. I’ve had a year of nothing but injuries from running. Shin splints, plantar fasciiatis, tarsal tunnel syndrome. This sounds like a good product for sore and achy calve muscles. My favorite form of work out – why RUNNING!! 🙂

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