DOMs and the Benefits of using BIOFREEZE v. ICE

DOMs and the Benefits of using BIOFREEZE v. ICEIs your soreness or stiffness from those workout routines keeping you up at night? Looking for a new, affordable pain reliever solution to give you a more effective, rejuvenating and healing sensation after giving it your all at the gym?

In a recent study, Researchers at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. Johns, Canada found Biofreeze products to be more 63% more effective in treating soreness and promoting mobility than the application of ice alone.

Biofreeze is a topical ointment, with the primary chemical agent of Menthol that is meant to provide relief and cooling to muscle soreness, stiffness, or lack of mobility. When considering the best pain reliever, take into consideration a recent experiment and test-group that showed Biofreeze to be much more effective than the application of ice. The Menthol chemical presence in Biofreeze is believed to serve as a stimulating agent to slow down blood flow, counter the inflammation of the muscles, and serve as an irritant to wake up the necessary activity in the body to promote healing and recovery.

What is DOMS?

DOMS stands for Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (and unfortunately in many cases spasms). Through extraordinary exercise, contractions, stretching, and mobile movements in the arms, legs, and other muscles in the body, DOMs can become prevalent. Even your everyday ‘gym rat’ experiences troubles with DOMs occasionally, as he or she begins to explore new muscle groups, or more specifically exercise that stimulate the benefits of development in said areas.

While the common recommended forms of treatment for sports (lifting) injuries or soreness is R.I.C.E., also known as rest, ice, compression, elevation, this does not always solve the soreness or problems.

David, G, Behm, PhD, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, Memorial University of Newfoundland conducted a group experiment by using 16 healthy test subjects. Through this test, he pushed their limits in specifically their bicep muscle group area, and two days later surveyed their pain-levels. Following this, both ice and Biofreeze were applied to provide muscle treatment, recovery, and relaxation. Biofreeze showed to be instantaneously more effective in relieving pain, discomfort, and rejuvenating the muscles in such a manner that protein synthesis, and positive muscle develop would be most practical. While test subjects whom were also receiving electric muscle stimulation could not be placed for treatment affectivity, the majority of subjects showed greater healing, recovery, and sense of comfort following the initial and follow up Biofreeze treatment applications.

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