Fitness

Dealing With Muscle Pain – Deep Heat

Back in January, I thought it would be a really great idea to go for a seven mile run when it was in the minus temperatures. Although I managed to do it, I felt the chill the entire way round and into the following day. Lesson was definitely learned – don’t run in freezing temperatures without the correct kit.

Once the cold wore off, I started to notice that I had a really painful knee. It’s difficult to describe the pain, but it constantly felt like it needed clicking. The feeling didn’t disappear for a good two weeks and then it started to ease off and become less noticeable.

To this current day, the feeling still hasn’t completely gone. If I do any running on road, or sometimes after a tough spin class, it plays up again and aches or becomes sore. It’s really frustrating as I love running on-road compared to in the gym, but treadmills are just so much softer on my joints and I really don’t want to do any long term damage.

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Recently, the PR company for Deep Heat got in contact with me to see if I would be interested in reviewing the new Deep Heat Muscle Massage Roll-On Lotion* (what a name). New features for the product include a ‘rollerball’ applicator and a ‘pleasant’ herbal aroma, as well as being a handy travel size for any handbag or gym bag.

For those of you unaware, Deep Heat boasts a multitude of muscle-pain solving qualities, including an increase of blood-flow to the area, increased muscle-mobilisation, a targeted treatment for old injuries and, with the new rollerball, it also offers a massage-style action when applying.

The company claims you can use on a daily basis, but I am a firm believer that if you use a product consistently, your body starts to get used to it and the effects, ultimately, wear off. So I will only be using this product pre and post intense exercise.

DeepHeat2To put it to the test, I applied some product to my ‘injured’ (I’ve put it in inverted commas as I refuse to believe I’m injured, merely suffering slightly) knee and left it to dry. It comes out as a white-ish gel, and then once it dries and sinks into your skin it goes clear. In terms of what it smells like, to me, it just has that familiar scent of Deep Heat, which I quite like but a lot of people find horrible. I can’t notice a ‘herbal’ aroma, but then I don’t use the product for the smell of it.

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The feeling of warmth starts to set in quite quickly, and I genuinely love the heat effect this product has. Pre-workout, it helps to warm my problem area up and makes exercise less impactful on the muscle, resulting in less pain during and post-workout .I then reapply so that the muscle cools down gradually, rather than a stand-still stop, which can increase the risk of DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).

This product has become a must-have in my life and I carry it around in my gym bag for use whenever it is needed. For those who suffer from aching joints or muscle injuries I would definitely recommend this product.

I do feel like I need to point out that this product isn’t medicine, it won’t magically heal any pre-existing serious pain. It will, however, help with the warm up and cool down of muscles to prevent any additional issues and help create a short-term relief for any current injuries.

Deep Heat Roll-On Lotion is available at Boots in store and online here for £4.99.

Thanks for reading,

S x

Products marked with an * have been sent to me for review, however any views or opinions are 100% my own

 

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