How ThermaCare® Compares

See for yourself how ThermaCare® compares with other pain relief patches and creams

Real Heat, Real Healing

While some other pain relief patches and creams feel warm, they do not actually deliver heat.

Many medicated patches on the market today (including Icy Hot® Patch) work as counterirritants—agents that draw attention away 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® works differently. ThermaCare® delivers a therapeutic, effective level of heat that accelerates healing at the source of pain. The heat from our patented heat cells increases blood flow, which brings oxygen and nutrients to damaged tissue, relieving pain and accelerating healing. ThermaCare® is free of odors, and it conforms to your body’s natural shape so it comfortably stays in place, even on the go.

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1 From Icy Hot® website, May 2009.

The Real Heat Test

ThermaCare® delivers heat that penetrates deep, warming the muscle right where it hurts—to provide pain relief, relax, soothe and unlock tight muscles while accelerating healing. 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.



About the case study:

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*Source: Unpublished data on file.