***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
In my home, we try and avoid prescription drugs whenever possible. Sure, they have their time and place, but we don't want to experience any nasty side-effects, gradually built-up immunity, or God forbid addiction. Prescription painkillers claim the lives of an astonishing number of people per year in this country, and we don't want to fall victim to this growing epidemic. I have personally witnessed peoples' lives be utterly destroyed by their addiction to painkillers. It's incredibly sad to watch. So we stay away from these drugs whenever possible.
Since Dan doesn't want to have to reply on narcotics to manage his pain, we have been trying out various over-the-counter solutions. One that worked quite well was BIOFREEZE, a topical pain relief gel that utilizes cold therapy. Since this is a name we know and trust, I was super-excited to learn about Perform products, by the makers of our much-loved BIOFREEZE.
Why choose Cryotherapy?
Perform products produce pain relief through the use of a process called cryotherapy.
Also known as "cold therapy," cryotherapy is the application of cold to decrease inflammation and relieve pain. The related term, cryokinetics, refers to the pairing of pain-relieving cryotherapy with exercise. This cooling and re-warming of tissue stimulates the return of blood flow to affected areas.
The most popular form of cryotherapy is the use of ice. But when applied to sore muscles, ice can cause such negative side effects as stiffness, decreased range of motion, decreased motor performance and skin irritation.
Perform Pain Reliever produces a sensation of cold similar to that which accompanies icing. But unlike ice, Perform products allow you to remain active.
Recently, we received a nice assortment of Perform products to try for ourselves. These included the Perform Pain Relieving Spray, the Perform Pain Relieving Gel, and the Perform Foot Pain Therapy Kit.
The Spray is ideal for hard-to-reach areas, such as the middle back and lower extremities like legs and feet. My husband definitely appreciates this, since sometimes pain strikes while he's at work...And it would be pretty darn awkward if he asked one of his technicians to apply pain reliever to his back. Such a request might even constitute as borderline sexual harassment!
The Spray can be applied from any angle, even upside down, making those hard to reach areas-more reachable! It also absorbs into the skin quite rapidly, and doesn't leave behind a nasty, funky residue.
The Perform Foot Therapy Kit Includes:
- Perform Pain Relieving Roll-On (3 fl oz)
- Thera-Band® Foot Roller
- Provides relief from pain associated with Plantar Fasciitis, sore & tired feet, heels & arches
- Expert Instructions
Now this kit is pretty cool. It allows for hands-free application, thanks to the special roller ball. In addition to the cooling relief that the Pain Relieving Roll-On provides, you can also enjoy a nice massage. That's right! A foot massage!
Now I have to be honest. I am not into feet, and I definitely don't want to rub my husband's tootsies. I love him, but there are just certain things I am not willing to do. Lucky for Dan, this kit includes the Thera-Band Foot Roller! This nifty little roller conforms to the foot, and offers a soothing, relaxing foot massage. Oh, it can be chilled prior using, too. This is perfect for those days when "your "dawgs" won't quit barking", as my Dad used to say.
Overall, I am definitely pleased with our Perform experience. I knew we would be, though, since we're already big fans of BIOFREEZE. The products are convenient, easy to use, and provide lasting relief for all kinds of muscle pain. If you're looking for a safer way to manage common ahces and pains, definitely check this line out!