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Readers Respond: Do You Use Sports Creams to Reduce Muscle Pain?

Responses: 5

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Updated July 13, 2009

From the article: Sports Creams and Gels
Topical pain medications are applied directly to the skin and come in a variety of forms including creams, gels lotions and patches. They are used frequently by athletes. What do you think? Do you use these products? How have they helped you? How have they not helped you?

WinterCrest - Saved me in Marathon

I've started using WinterCrest ( www.wintercresthealth.com ) a few years ago after seeing their booth at the Tucson Marathon. I have found the sports balm to penetrate much deeper and last a lot longer than Tiger Balm and Bengay.
—Guest Marathon Runner

Need it for going the distance

I use capsaicin-based products instead of methyl salicylates because they last longer, don't mask the pain, and allow me to keep going during work-outs or help ease the pain on days of rest. I've tried a few, but Cajun Sports Cream seems to last the longest.
—Guest Charlie_Sports

No Menthol, No Methyl Salycilate

Sporta-Flx Organic Massage Gel, you know it's working because it does not have a hot or cold sensation masking the problem. Awesome stuff!
—Guest Relief

Depends

I don't think it does anything for a strain, however, I often go to bed with a sore back and it feels so good. I use Bio-Freeze.
—rayban776

hard to tell

I use some of them and it seems like they are "working" but it's hard to know if the make muscle pain heal faster than witout them. I think we all like to believe we are doing something and when the creams get all hot and tingly, we think they ae doing some good. After reading this, though, I will probably save my money and just wait.
—Guest norm eddie

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