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Five Seed Warm-Cool Muscle Rub

Five Seed Warm-Cool Muscle Rub

Five Seed Warm-Cool Muscle Rub

One of the reasons many people don’t ride their bikes as much as they would like to is because of “sore muscles.” Their problems really start before they even get on the bike—most newbies forget to stretch before they ride. They often add to their pain by having their saddle at the wrong height and when they get home they are too tired to stretch after the ride, let alone pay attention to eating the proper food for recovery. If you don’t properly recover from a bike ride one day you really don’t feel riding the next.

An important part of anyone’s recovery after a long ride is muscle massage. If you stretch after a ride you can delay and/or prevent muscles stiffness and if you can massage the muscles you can help break down lactic acid in your legs which will get you back on the bike a sooner.

After a long ride I like to spend a few minutes massaging my calves, quadriceps and hamstring muscles. Muscle massage is a lot easier if you use a good massage oil. I recently started using the Five Seed Warm-Cool Muscle Rub and am very happy with it. This product has oils that both warm and cool the muscles, but it does not have the harsh smell of products like Tiger Balm. When you first rub this on your skin you will feel the ginger begin to warm up a bit (but not too much). After the massage is finished you can feel the peppermint, eucalyptus and rosemary oils gently cool things down. In addition to the ingredients already mentioned, this rub contains olive oil, arnica, chamomile, cocoa butter, and beeswax.

The Five Seed Warm-Cool Muscle Rub comes in a reusable 1-ounce metal tin and retails for $8.80. The price is in line with products like Tiger Balm, but I think you will like this muscle rub a lot more (and you won’t smell like a medicine cabinet either). Five Seed has the most reasonable shipping rates I’ve ever seen, so look at some of their other products before you place your order and you can save some money in the process.


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Tiger Balm Ultra Pain Relieving Ointment

Tiger Balm Ultra Pain Relieving Ointment

Tiger Balm Ultra Pain Relieving Ointment

Tiger Balm Ultra is a deep penetrating pain relieving sports rub that has been used for over 100 years to soothe sore muscles. The balm looks like Vaseline and smells like Vick’s VapoRub, but it really does wonders on sore quads, calves and glutes.

Tiger Balm Ultra is meant to be applied to the skin three or four times a day. Within a few minutes after application your skin will begin to tingle and then you will feel it slowly warm up the skin and the muscles underneath. Make sure you thoroughly wash your hands after you use Tiger Balm because if you rub your eyes with this stuff on your hands you are going to experience a whole new level of pain!

Due to Tiger Balm’s strong smell you might not want to use it before you go to work. Products like Biofreeze offer similar relief, but don’t smell as bad. I use and would recommend both of these products for muscle aches and pain. Tiger Balm claims that it is also good for arthritis, skin rashes, tension migraines and insect bites, but I have never it used it for any of these purposes.

Tiger Balm is manufactured and distributed by Haw Par Healthcare Ltd. in Singapore. The drug stores in my area do not carry Tiger Balm, but it is easily to find on Two .63 ounce containers sell for around $12 and I’ve been able to make a single container last for about 20 applications. The active ingredients in Tiger Balm Ultra are camphor and menthol. The inactive ingredients include cajuput oil, cassia oil, clove oil, dementholized mint oil and paraffin petrolatum.


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Biofreeze Pain Relieving Gel For Muscle Aches

Biofreeze Pain Relieving Gel

Biofreeze Pain Relieving Gel

Biofreeze is a topical analgesic I use to help me deal with occasional muscle aches and such problems as Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis. A lot of people use Biofreeze for arthritis, but since I don’t have arthritis I really can’t tell you how well it works for that.

You have probably heard of cryotherapy before (the application of cold to temporarily relieve pain). Biofreeze is applied directly to the skin and works in a similar fashion to an ice pack, except that with an ice pack your movements are severely restricted. The active ingredient in Biofreeze is menthol (which is also responsible for its pleasant smell).

You can buy Biofreeze in a variety of forms (gel, spray, wipes) and sizes. I purchased the gel in a 32-ounce bottle with a built-in pump. A few years ago I bought an ultrasound unit to help me deal with plantar fasciitis. The physical therapist who taught me how to use the machine suggested I apply Biofreeze just before I had ultrasound therapy. This combination really seemed to work well for me.

Biofreeze is available without a prescription, but you will probably have to visit a chiropractor or physical therapist to buy it locally since it is not available at pharmacies or regular retail outlets. It is also available from in a variety of sizes. The 32-ounce bottle retails for around $90, but has it for available for just $36.


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