Real Heat, Real Relief
While some other pain relief patches and creams feel warm, they really are not delivering heat.
Many medicated patches on the market today (including Icy Hot® Patch) work as counterirritants—agents that draw attention from pain by creating an alternate sensation on the skin. Some cause blood vessels to expand, creating a heating sensation. Others create a cooling sensation that may result in a heating or burning feeling. But in the end, that’s all they are: a feeling.
It’s a fact their makers acknowledge. The Icy Hot® marketing message plainly states that Icy Hot® creams and patches “create… sensations that divert attention from the actual pain and help block the pain signals being sent to the brain.”1
But ThermaCare® is real heat. It penetrates deeply into your muscles, enabling them to relax. ThermaCare® works to increase local circulation and provide effective pain relief. ThermaCare® is free of odors and it comfortably stays on while conforming to your body’s natural shape.
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1 From Icy Hot® website, May 2009. www.icyhot.com
The Real Heat Test
ThermaCare® delivers heat that penetrates deep, warming the muscle right where it hurts—to relax, soothe and unlock tight muscles. We tested ThermaCare® against Icy Hot® products to see which generated the most heat.
The results? ThermaCare® is hot; Icy Hot® is not.
In key areas measured—skin and muscle temperature and skin blood flow – only ThermaCare® increased skin and muscle temperature. In fact, the other products DECREASED both skin and muscle temperature and had little effect on skin blood flow.
On any one of 3 given days, clinical researchers applied one of 3 products on the skin for 2 hours (ThermaCare®, a leading pain relief patch or a leading pain relief cream). Skin temperature and muscle temperature were recorded continuously over a 2-hour period. Skin blood flow was measured at various time points over a 2-hour period. *Source: Unpublished data on file.