Have you ever gotten injured during sports, or developed pain and soreness in a body part, and some senior advised you to place an ice pack over the painful area? It relieved your pain within a few minutes, didn’t it? This is something we regard as cold therapy. This method has been effectively used for ameliorating pains and body aches since long times and has a scientific explanation.
But is it possible to do the same cold therapy without using ice or cold water? Yes! There are over-the-counter creams, ointments, and sprays available which can deliver the same pain-relieving benefits. Zinda Tilismath balm is an excellent herbal product that can be effectively used for this purpose.
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But before we discuss why Zinda Tilismath Balm is just right for topical cold therapy and how it works, let’s understand more about topical cold therapy first.
What Is Topical Cold Therapy?
R.I.C.E (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) therapy is the basic principle that is usually advised by doctors for home management of pain, swelling, and injuries. Cold therapy, also known as cryotherapy, is the “I” component of this RICE approach. It involves the utilization of cold for alleviating pain.
Cold therapy can be done in many ways, like using ice packs, cold showers, massages, ice water baths, coolant sprays, etc; however, when it is done by using ointments, balms, or over-the-counter gels, it is regarded as topical cold therapy.
How Does Cold Therapy Help With Pain Relief?
The cold delivered to the skin during the cold therapy acts in several ways to help with your pain, as described below;
Imparts Cooling Effect
When the topical cooling cream or balm is applied over the skin, the alcohol or vaporizable contents present in these products, evaporate. This lowers the temperature of the skin and deeper tissues, thus, imparting a cooling effect that soothes the pain.
Thorough topical massage with a cooling topical agent like Zinda Tilismath Balm dilates blood vessels which in turn enhances the blood flow in the skin and underlying tissues. It not only allows the heat to escape through the skin and lower the temperature but also helps in clearing off the inflammatory cells and chemical substances responsible for causing redness, swelling, and inflammation of body tissues. As the soreness and swelling subside, so does the pain.
Reduces Pain Sensitivity
Moreover, experts also believe that cold therapy decreases the activity of pain receptors present in the skin, and therefore, reduces the sensitivity of pain.
Why Zinda Tilismath Balm Is Just Right For Cold Therapy?
Zinda Tilismath Balm is an excellent choice for doing topical cold therapy as it delivers all such benefits that a typical cold therapy can provide. These pain-relieving properties are rendered by the ingredients included in Zinda Tilismath Balm.
For instance, menthol is one of the major ingredients of Zinda Tilismath Balm comprising more than 14% of its composition. A study published in the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, in 2018, claims that when menthol-based products are applied over inflamed tissues or skin, it increases cutaneous blood flow along with decreasing the temperature (Hunter, Christopher & Adam, 2018, 243). Besides, menthol also stimulates the cold receptors present in the skin. The body perceives it as a cooling sensation (Hensel et. al. 27; Schäfer et. al. 620). All these properties collectively impart analgesic effects making menthol an effective cooling agent for cold therapy.
Like menthol, other ingredients of Zinda Tilismath Balm, including camphor, thymol, and eucalyptus oil have analgesic or counter-irritant effects. These ingredients when applied topically desensitize the cutaneous pain receptors as well as activate the pain-relieving pathways in the central nervous system (Ghori et. al. 271; Pergolizzi et. al. 313; Silva et. al. 277).
Last but not the least; Zinda Tilismath Balm also contains methyl salicylate (Rogan e gaultheria) in it. This, along with menthol, is known for inducing first a cold and then a warm sensation on the skin. The cold-hot feelings distract your attention away from the muscles, joints, or connective tissue pains/aches.
All these effects make Zinda Tilismath Balm just perfect for topical cold therapy!
Apart from the above-mentioned benefits favoring the cooling and pain-relieving effects of Zinda Tilismath Balm, the product also has amazing anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, smooth muscle-relaxing properties (Astudilo et. al. 102; Gbenou et. al. 1131).
Which Pains Can Be Addressed By Using Topical Cold Therapy With Zinda Tilismath Balm?
Cold Therapy with Zinda Tilismath can be used as a remedy for many pains and local ailments. These include;
- Muscle cramps
- Muscle strains
- Muscle spasms
- Joint pain
- Foot pain
- Headache – etc
Can Topical Cold Therapy Also Be Used In Winters?
Although from the name, it seems like cold therapy is only meant for hot weather and cannot be used during the winter season. However, massaging with topical cooling agents like Zinda Tilismath Balm can also be done during winter. Topical cold therapy helps in pain relief and subsides soreness and inflammation of body tissues regardless of the season.
However, using cold therapy in winter by methods other than topical cooling agents (like having cold showers, compression with ice packs, taking ice baths, etc), is a matter of debate, and is usually not recommended in winter.
When Topical Cold Therapy With Zinda Tilismath Balm Is Not Recommended?
Topical cold therapy with Zinda Tilismath Balm is not recommended for children under 5 years of age. Moreover, you should not use the product on your eyes, nostrils, mucous membranes, or broken or irritated skin, like that on open wounds.
Besides, if you notice any allergy or any other ill effects after using the balm, or if the condition worsens, stop using it and consult your doctor right away.
What Is The Right Way To Do Topical Cold Therapy With Zinda Tilismath Balm?
You can avail the full benefits of cold therapy with Zinda Tilismath Balm by using the product in the following manner;
- Wash your hands.
- Sit on the floor or in a chair, and relax your body.
- Apply a thin layer of Zinda Tilismath Balm over the affected area.
- Massage it gently and thoroughly with the help of your fingers or thumbs depending upon which part of the body you are rubbing;
- For headaches, massage your forehead by using a circular motion of your index and middle fingers of both hands.
- For lower back pain, use your thumbs to massage the balm over the tense spots.
- For painful neck muscles, massage with your fingers back and forth over the aching region.
- For painful knees, sit on a floor with knees straight and extended. Use all of your fingers to massage the tissues surrounding your knee, such that you complete the strokes on the top, bottom, inside, and outside of the knee in to and for motion.
- For pains present on inaccessible body parts like the upper back, ask someone to massage the area with Zinda Tilismath Balm.
- Repeat it 3 to 4 times a day.
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