Pain Relief with sports cream or an ice pack?

All of us over do it at one time or another. Weekend warrior in the yard or in the game. Training for a marathon or triathlon. Or just slept the wrong way and have a stiff neck. You are in pain and you want joint pain relief. Reluctant to pop another pill, you want natural pain relief. Your choice is between an over-the-counter joint cream or an ice pack. Which is more effective?

How sports creams work

The cool feelings from topical pain relievers, like IcyHot or BioFreeze, comes from the interaction of the menthol and the skin. Muscle cream is part of a class of treatment called counterirritants, which work by tricking the body into feeling sensations other than pain. Once applied to the skin, the product creates a series of chemical reactions that help temporarily relieve any pain in the area.

In a recent New York Times article, Ed Ryan, former director of sports medicine for the United States Olympic Committee commented that, “From a physiological standpoint, there’s very little benefit that occurs in the tissue where you’re applying a cream.” He went on to say that creams, “Don’t cause a change to occur that would result in any pain decrease or any physiological change that would hasten healing.”

The bottom line, although these creams may help to temporarily mask the pain sensations, topical creams and gels do not help the body to reduce inflammation or muscle spasms.

How an ice pack works


According to the Sports Injury Clinic applying a cold pack to an injury or inflamed muscle offers several benefits and effects, namely to reduce any internal bleeding and swelling. Swelling is caused by fluids concentrating around the area that is inflamed (damaged tissue) due to direct trauma. The cold pack helps to control the rate of inflammation. Top of most peoples mind is pain relief. Applying cold will numb the area, providing the necessary pain relief. As the cold continues to penetrate, the cold therapy acts to reduce muscle spasms and decrease the metabolic rate, reducing the oxygen requirements of the injured cells. These physiological changes may help to accelerate the healing process.

While icing is a great start, combining a cold pack with a compression wrap like FrozenPeaz provides improved skin contact and enables to the cooling benefits to penetrate deeper into the muscle tissue. The injured area reaches its lowest temperature faster and the tissue maintains its cool even after treatment ends.

So which is best?

While a muscle cream might help mask the pain if your are unable to ice, applying cold therapy with compression results in physiological effects that help the body not only with pain pain relief but also a recover faster.

Rotator Cuff or Shoulder Pain – Apply Ice or Heat

Your shoulders are the most movable joints in your body. It is also one of the most unstable, making it prone to injury. Common shoulder injuries include: sprains, strains, dislocations, separations, tendinitis, bursitis, torn rotator cuffs, frozen shoulder, fractures and arthritis.

The good news… Most shoulder injuries can be effectively treated at home with the RICE protocol.

FrozenPeaz® Large Joint Wrap provides front and back HOT or COLD therapy for shoulder injuries. Here’s how to use the Large Joint Wrap to treat a sore shoulder.

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TheraPeaz: When Compression Isn’t Necessary

FrozenPeaz® Products launched two new products featuring the VirtualPeaz™ technology. FrozenPeaz made its debut in 2012 packaged with a compression wrap. The company will now show off two new variations:

  • TheraPeaz® – winner of the MedTrade 2014 Innovative Retail Product award, a hot/cold pain relief and relaxation for patients of all ages; and
  • BumpPeaz® which delivers child-sized pain relief for bumps and bruises.

The TheraPeaz® product line, includes four body-hugging shapes. The Large (8” x 9”) and Medium (6” x 7.5”) sizes are perfect for every day aches and pains ranging from sports injuries to arthritis pain and cramps. The Small size (3.25” x 7.5”) is ideal for sinus pressure and migraine relief as well as smaller aches and pains. The Neck Wrap, the largest wrap in the TheraPeaz line, provides more than 21” of hot/cold therapy relief. For women suffering from hot flashes, several studies have shown that cold therapy resets the thermoreceptors of the brain, triggering the body to stop sweating. “Trust me, a cooling neck wrap not only brings relief from the hot flash, but it is also refreshing,” commented MaryCarol Dolivier, co-founder of FrozenPeaz.

Increasing retail cash sales continues to be a major focus for HME/DME retailers. Expansion of pain management products is a strategic way to attract and keep cash customers. The natural, pill-free pain relief of TheraPeaz® and MenoPeaz™ mimics the often-suggested home remedy of a bag of frozen peas with two key differences. All FrozenPeaz® products are:

  • Reusable, so patients are ready for every hot flash or pulled muscle.
  • Able to be used for cold therapy or microwaved for hot therapy relief, depending on the source of the pain or discomfort.


FrozenPeaz MedTraded WinnerAlthough durable medical retailers are embracing consumer-friendly cash products, many manufacturers of these products lack shelf-ready packaging. “Until recently, many products catering to DME retailers ignored the importance of on-shelf appeal,” commented Troy Lindely, Creative Director for FrozenPeaz®. “We always thought our packaging was some of the best available for retail but winning this award from MedTrade validates that belief,” Dolivier beamed.

“Our patent-pending VirtualPeaz™ technology is truly the next evolution of hot and cold therapy,” said Arthur Blackood, engineer and co-founder of FrozenPeaz®. “Because VirtualPeaz are not made of gel, they won’t break down with repeat use – even in the microwave.” Featuring the same VirtualPeaz technology, but with a 100% cotton-flannel pocket instead of a compression wrap, TheraPeaz® provide retailers and consumers a lower priced option for every day aches and pains that don’t require compression.

“We look forward to showcasing our entire family of natural pain relief products at MedTrade this year,” says Dolivier. For detailed product information please visit us at booth 2567 or better yet, schedule an appointment.



About FrozenPeaz®

FrozenPeaz patent-pending products deliver high-performance hot and cold therapy in one easy to use pack. FrozenPeaz innovative, doctor recommended products are available in a variety of different shapes and sizes tailored to target different sources of pain from migraine headaches to back pain to plantar fasciitis and everything in between. FrozenPeaz, a natural alternative to pain medications, are non-toxic, plant-based, and safe.

Relieve pain. Reduce swelling. Recover faster.™ FrozenPeaz.

Save the vegetables for the dinner table

From grandparents to parents to children, everybody knows what to do with a bag of frozen peas. You either eat them or place them on an injury.

Now, you can save the vegetables for dinner! FrozenPeaz® are the reusable modern day version of grandma’s remedy.

Developed in consultation with physicians and physical therapists, FrozenPeaz® deliver FLEXIBLE high-performance HOT & COLD therapy in one easy pack. FrozenPeaz, is a NATURAL alternative to pain medications. REUSABLE. Non-toxic. 100% PLANT-BASED. SAFE.

FrozenPeaz® flexible Hot and Cold therapy products was established after one of its innovators fell down a flight of stairs, sustaining substantial bruises and swelling. From this painful event, a journey to create a new therapy option that combines the reusability of a glycerin gel pack, with the coldness of an ice pack, and the flexibility of a bag of frozen peas was initiated. With one additional caveat, the product must be equally effective when used for heat therapy.

A significant improvement over gel-based beads, FrozenPeaz did what many others in the Hot and Cold therapy market failed to do – it challenged the status quo. Our products utilize VirtualPeaz™, a proven proprietary glass-like sphere that, unlike gel-based beads does not break down with repeat use or microwaving. And VirtualPeaz, used HOT or COLD, just feel good! (UK patent / US patent pending)

FrozenPeaz MedTraded WinnerNot only are FrozenPeaz different on the inside, we are different on the outside! Our aesthetically pleaZing, award winning packaging BREAKS THE STEREOPTYPICAL red and blue packaging of this category.

Since its inception, FrozenPeaz has been the winner of numerous innovation awards, nominations and recognitions. We strive to help pea-ple Relieve Pain. Reduce Swelling. Recover Faster™. For more information please visit

If you are in pain, recovering from an injury, or train with extensive workouts like CrossFit, order FrozenPeaz today to start recovering faster.

If you are a retailer interested in revitalizing your pain management or first aid category with an innovative product that works better than a traditional gel pack, call us!

The new normal of Hot and Cold Therapy – FrozenPeaz. Tomorrow’s answer to pill-free pain relief for an increasingly ageing but active demographic

You will then appreciate why we say leave the peas for the dinner table!

With all products assembled in the US, FrozenPeaz products offer reasonable lead times, personal service and low minimum order requirements. FrozenPeaz products are only available through approved FrozenPeaz distributors and retailers. If you are interested in becoming a FrozenPeaz distributor, please email

FrozenPeaz delivers FLEXIBLE, high-performance HEAT therapy & COLD therapy in one easy pack. FrozenPeaz, is a NATURAL alternative to pain medications. REUSABLE. Non-toxic. 100% PLANT-BASED. SAFE.

The secret to the form-fitting flexibility, our VirtualPeaz technology, is patented in the UK and patent-pending in the United States.