Biofreeze and Chiropractic for Back Pain
Chiropractor Dr. Bradley Dahlager has a secret agent working in his Noblesville office: a topical treatment called Biofreeze that you should know about. It’s a natural treatment for low back pain.
This topical pain reliever contains menthol, the active ingredient in peppermint. Menthol cools the skin and mimics an ice pack on your low back.
Dr. Dahlager will explain to you about how Biofreeze works if you ask him:
- Special nerve receptors for pain in the skin lead to the spinal cord. When signals of pain are sent to the brain from the spinal cord, you feel pain. The pain signals are transmitted through C fibers and A delta fibers. Biofreeze sends another sensation – coldness – up the A delta fiber pathway. The cold signal inhibits the transmission of pain signals from reaching the brain on these A delta fibers. You end up with pain relief.
- Menthol also binds to receptors in the skin that are sensitive to temperature, which release calcium ions that modulate pain signals through the body’s opioid system. This is similar to how ice numbs pain but without the freezing feeling!
Dr. Dahlager uses Biofreeze because it acts immediately. This is because it is easily absorbed into the skin. He wants you to be out of pain as soon as possible.
When you come to Noblesville Family Chiropractic for your appointment, ask the doctor about the study on Biofreeze in those with low back pain. Thirty-six adults with back pain were recruited; 18 used Biofreeze and 18 were in the control group. The Biofreeze group was instructed to apply it three times daily; once in the morning and twice during the remainder of the day. Since it was a topical ointment, all they had to do was apply it on the back where they felt pain. They were monitored for four weeks. Each week during these four weeks, those who used Biofreeze had a significant reduction in their pain levels.
Why not schedule an appointment today and relieve your pain? Why keep suffering?
Call Noblesville Family Chiropractic to start feeling better today!
Zhang, J., Enix, D., Snyder, B., Giggey, K., and Tepe, R. Effects of Biofreeze and chiropractic adjustments on acute low back pain: a pilot study. J Chiropr Med 2008 Jun; 7 (2): 59—65. Doi: 10.1016/j.jcme.2008.02.004