Pregnancy Back Pain Remedy: Deep Freeze Pain Relief
When I was pregnant with both Sophie & Charlie, I suffered from back pain. It started many years ago after a car accident & has resulted in me having pelvic & lumbar issues. In everyday life it is usually very manageable & normally only flares up if I try & lift anything too heavy or do certain types of exercise. I can usually resolve it with some ibuprofen & a night’s sleep. When pregnant, however, it’s a bit of a different story…
Sadly, over 70% of women suffer from back pain during pregnancy & it is an extremely common side effect. And, although frustrating, it’s actually pretty understandable if you think about all the changes your body is going through. Your constantly releasing pregnancy-related related hormones, some of which make our joints less stable. There is also the shift in our centre of gravity as our bump grows ever larger. And, of course, who could forget the substantial weight gain?! Unfortunately for our back, it takes the brunt of this & has to manage an awful lot of strain. It can be a pretty uncomfortable time &, for me, fairly excruciating.
How Did I Cope With the Pain?
One of the things I found hardest about the back pain when pregnant was the limited amount of things I could do about it.
Being pregnant I couldn’t take Ibuprofen. I could have paracetamol (& sometimes co-codamol) but I found it did very little to ease my pain.
Due to a very low blood pressure, I couldn’t do much of this at all, however, a very short walk up & down the road certainly helped relax the muscles & eased the pain slightly
Avoid Triggers –
Whether pregnant or not, this one is vital to helping me manage pain. Over time I have learnt what I can & can’t do when suffering from back pain & also what will set it off. Vacuuming is one of the worst ones, followed by bending over the bath to scrub it. Driving can be a trigger depending on how sensitive my back is feeling. Worst of all though is picking up the kids. This not only physically hurts me, but also emotionally. I hate not being able to comfort them just because my back hurts! I’ve had to learn to delegate certain jobs & when in a really bad way, draft in help with the children if my husband is at work.
Warm Bath –
One of the ONLY things that ever worked as pain relief when pregnant was a hot bath. And even then I had to be careful not to have it too hot… The relief of getting into the water & feeling the pain melt away was wonderful. Generally, this relief would last for a good few hours afterwards too. I invested in some muscle relaxant bubble baths which I feel is well worthwhile.
Once a week I would go & see an osteopath who would help me straighten out my pelvis & provide relief by relaxing tense muscles. He was actually the one who introduced me to hot & cold therapy although he recommended that cold therapy is actually more effective than hot. He explained that heat would only cause muscles to relax temporarily whereas cold reduced inflammation. I am no medical expert so I don’t know how true this is, however it is upon this advice that I started using Deep Freeze products.
How Does it Work?
“Deep Freeze works like ice by cooling the affected or swollen area. Cooling therapy for muscle and joint injuries is well established and recommended by sports physiotherapists. Prompt cooling has been shown to effectively reduce pain and may help in the healing of minor injuries. Cooling therapy can also be used to soothe tense, tired or sore muscles and joints.” (Taken from Deep Freeze packaging)
The Science Behind Cooling Therapy:
- Dermatomal Confusion: On impact to the skin, the cold temperature triggers the cold sensors in the skin to travel to the brain faster than the pain sensors, reducing the feeling of pain. This explains why non-medicinal cooling products (e.g. products that don’t contain ibuprofen) still relieve pain; the cold sensation ‘distracts’ the body from the pain sensation.
- Inflammation Reduction: When ice is applied to swollen tissue, such as a sprained ankle, the cold temperature constricts the surrounding blood vessels & thus reduces blood flow to the area. The lack of blood flow to the damaged area decreases inflammation.
I used these products a lot towards the end of my pregnancy & I would highly recommend them to anyone suffering from muscle pain.
The products are most certainly cold & can be a bit of a shock to the system, however, the effect lasts a matter of seconds & then the relief begins.
Deep Freeze Cold Patches
Deep Freeze cold patches come individually wrapped & are self-adhesive. You apply the patch onto where the pain is & it provides cool relief for up to 3 hours. This is thanks to the hydrogel layer which evaporates slowly to cool without a feeling of dampness. Once removed, the patch continues to provide pain relief for up to 9 hours. The patch is slim & flexible, so it won’t show under clothes & it doesn’t restrict your movement. For use during pregnancy, these patches are great for swollen ankles, back pain or just for a nice cool down on your chest!
Deep Freeze Glide-On Gel
The Deep Freeze Glide-On Gel scientifically provides cooling, drug-free relief for sharp, shooting back pain, leg & foot pain & muscle & joint pain. It comes in a small roll-on bottle meaning it is super-easy to apply. The ball is great for getting to hard-to-reach areas & means you won’t get any gel on your hands. The small bottle is handbag size so can be used at home or away, whenever you need it.
Deep Freeze Cold Gel
The final product I was sent to test was the classic Deep Freeze Cold Gel. Again, this gel is fast-acting & soothing & certainly eases my muscular back pain in pregnancy. What I like about these gels is that they can be used alongside oral painkillers (remember – JUST paracetamol in pregnancy) as they don’t contain any drugs.
Sadly, I have learnt that there is never going to be a miracle cure for my back pain & it’s something I will have to live with. What I do know, however, is that there are plenty of ways to provide temporary relief. Overall, I have found that Deep Freeze products have certainly helped to ease my pain, even if it is a temporary fix. It means I can get on & do things that, if in severe pain, I wouldn’t be able to manage.
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