Q: "I am curious about how or why Orthogel works. I don't like to be taking aspirin or ibuprofen for every muscle ache or back pain. And those pain relievers take a long time to work. I've read your descriptions and need more information. Have you used it yourself?" Thanks. Phyllis
Answer: Orthogel is an FDA approved over the counter non steroidal product that is comparable to BioFreeze sold by many chiropractors. Orthogel is known as a counter irritant. The combination of the menthol and the camphor acts to stimulate nerve endings on the skin to cause a cold sensation. The ilex enhances this effect. The manufacturer recommends use twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. The coolness comes in 5 to 15 minutes for most people.
Orthogel comes in a roll-on, a jar, pumps, tubes and bottles. I recommend caution that you keep fingers away from eyes after massaging or applying the gel as the menthol will sting your eyes. (I wipe my hands on a dry towel and then wash my hands thoroughly with soap and water after applying it.)
Other similar products include Bengay and Biofreeze. I've used both. Bengay was strong in odor and greasy. Biofreeze sales appear limited to chiropractor offices, at least here in Iowa. I found that BioFreeze was more expensive, more intense in odor, "stickier" in texture and sold only in a roll-on. The Orthogel odor is low and diminishes quickly. The texture of the gel is smoother than BioFreeze and the light green color does not stain clothing.
I discovered Orthogel several years ago in a local store when I was out of Biofreeze and had a persistent back and neck aches morning and night. Currently, I use it 2 to 12 times a week mostly on my arthritic ankle but sometimes on my back or across my neck and shoulders. The coolness starts in about 5 minutes for me and the pain vanishes for 4 to 6 hours or more. My belief is that part of the pain issue is that I tense up my muscles when the pain starts and with the Orthogel coolness, I relax them.
My older brother uses Orthogel to cope with his chronic back pain from arthritis and a car accident. When I was home last, I noticed he massaged my mom's shoulders and upper back to relieve her pain as well. Sports trainers, physical therapists and massage therapists often use Orthogel in their practices.
Safe Home Products sells Orthogel in sizes ranging from 3 ounces to a gallon. Orthogel also has Vitamin E, Glucosamine and Aloe to help combat dryness.
Thanks for your question. I believe you'll find Orthogel as helpful as I do to relieve your pain. For more product information, go to the manual on any of our Orthogel webpages.