Ice packs have been utilized in cryotherapy for years. But is ice always the best approach? When immediate relief is required, new research shows Biofreeze topical analgesic can decrease blood flow and provide pain relief faster than ice. The research was conducted by a team of researchers at the University of Louisville, led by Robert Topp, PhD, RN. Dr. Topp shares details about the study in today’s podcast.
The study found blood flow reduced in the area where the Biofreeze was applied within 5 minutes. The decrease in blood flow continued for 10-15 minutes. When ice was applied to the same area, it took 20 minutes to reduce blood flow. Biofreeze provides many of the benefits of ice without the potential side-effects like skin irritation or tissue damage when used for long periods of time.
The study will be featured in the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation and was published in the September 2010 issue of the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine. Listen now to learn more about this essential physical therapy topical analgesic.