“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Heat rub cream suitable for muscle aches and pains / Dosage Form: Rub „
WHY DID I NEED IT?
When I purchased my new house early last year, a lot of renovation work was needed before we could move in - and me thinking my DIY skills were top notch thought I would have a go at doing some of the jobs myself - I think you all know how this story turns out. To cut a long story short, I ended up with a pulled muscle at the base of my back due to the lifting, and therefore though I would give Tesco Heat Rub a go, as it was a lot cheaper than the leading brands, plus I didn't anticipate needed the whole tub straight away so it would keep for a long time.
PRICE AND WHERE TO BUY
Product is available (obviously) in Tesco stores nationwide, and I paid around £2.50 for the 35g tube (price may be slightly higher these days).
The product itself is classes as an analgesic cream, which does sound rather clinical, but basically means a pain relief agent. The packaging claims that the product is a counter-irritant, and is effective in the treatment of rheumatic pain, backache, fibrositis, lumbago and sciatica - though I can only vouch that the product works perfectly well for backache so far (touch wood!). The product can also be used in treating bruises and sprains but for those I tend to just strap ankles etc. up as I don't see much value in using the product for this.
The product itself is in a gel form and is easily extracted from the tube by squeezing, in a similar way to that of extracting toothpaste from a tube - which is very easy I think you would agree. The gel itself is quite thick, which means there is little to no spilling or mess when extracting from the tube, meaning again that the product is very easy to use.
APPLICATION AND TREATMENT
I find that the best way to use the product, is the extract a small amount (around the size of a 2p coin) into your hand, and then apply to the area causing the pain - rubbing the gel in gently and then leaving uncovered for 15-20 minutes or so to ensure that the product has plenty of time to soak in and do its work. Once applied the gel instantly feels cold, but then is shortly followed by a warming feeling (hence the heat in the name) which you can really feel soothing the affected area.
I would recommend using twice a day, depending on the level and area that is causing the pain, and by doing this I found that after two or three days that the pain had reduced massively and was much more bearable, allow me to get back to my renovation duties.
Menthol 5.91% w/w, Eucalyptus Oil 1.97% w/w, Methyl Salicylate 12.80% w/w, Turpentine Oil 1.47% w/w, Sodium cetostearyl sulphate, cetostearyl alcohol, propylene glycol, wool fat (lanolin), liquid paraffin, dowicil 200, added water.
The packaging advises to store in a cool, dry place at temperatures not exceeding 25 degrees Celsius - which is perfect for us northerners as it doesn't even get that hot in the height of summer!
This product is a winner in my eyes, and much prefer it to other branded products in the same sector as it works just as well, it more cost effective and is very long lasting - all in all a recipe for a five out of five from me.
As I suffer from muscular aches and pains, I try whenever possible not to keep on popping pills. Ibuprofen, generally speaking, seem to work for me when it comes to muscle inflammation, but I do suffer from burning pains in my tummy if I take too many over a longer period of time. I used to use Ralgex for my muscular aches and pains, but I have found this seems to be really expensive. I opted for Tesco's own brand alternative, as it is much cheaper (and I do love Tesco's). This cost me £2.59 for a 35g tube. That worked out incredibly cheap when compared to the branded products, which basically contain exactly the same ingredients and work in the same way.
My husband helped me to apply this cream to the base of my back and across the back of my shoulders. It comes in a flexible tube container, much like a slightly large tube of toothpaste. The cream is white and medium level consistency. It stinks, though. If you can stand the smell of this cream then you are half way there. I only needed to use a tiny amount on both my shoulders and then another small amount in the groove at the base of my spine, where the muscles were really tight and achy.
It smelled stronger and my husband started to rub it in and it felt hot but also comforting and soothing on my skin. I made sure to apply this when I was staying at home and not venturing outside or to work, as they smell really clears your nasal passages. It seems to work for me in exactly the same way as my old Ralgex used to.
The ingredients are:
Menthol 5.91% w/w, Eucalyptus Oil 1.97% w/w, Methyl Salicylate 12.80% w/w, Turpentine Oil 1.47% w/w, Sodium cetostearyl sulphate, cetostearyl alcohol, propylene glycol, wool fat (lanolin), liquid paraffin, dowicil 200, added water.
The cream gives a lovely warm sensation after its been applied to the skin and this happens pretty quickly after application. It's almost like it's numbing the pain for me and it really does literally hit the spot as far as making my achy muscles relax and helping to dissipate the pain.
I use this about two to three times per day (weekends only) if my pain is really bad and I also find it works bets if I apply it just before bed as I am going straight sleep anyway so my muscles can really benefit from the rest and the cream is allowed to work its magic.
It's very well priced and works just as well (if not better) than the likes of Ralgex Spray and I really so highly recommend it.
Tesco heat rub
I have been preoccupied the last few months decorating and having a thorough clear out and I have gradually developed a dull ache in my right shoulder. Due, I believe from the fact I am only five foot two, and have had to stretch up with the paint roller to reach. However that aside, I have been finding it uncomfortable to sleep as I tend to sleep on my right side too. So I popped down to Tesco for something to give me some light relief. I initially headed down there with the intention of purchasing Ralgex cream as I have experience using this and my family have sworn by it. So I headed to the pharmacy department and found a huge array of muscle relaxing products some of which being ridiculously overpriced. But in my attempt to become thriftier I decided to opt for the Tesco heat rub. I wanted a cream as opposed to a spray for the pure and simple reason in that I prefer it. Well I was pleased with the price, it cost £2.58 for a 35g tub and although this seems a lot it lasts ages. I only needed a little more than a pea sized amount for my shoulder and that adequately covered my shoulder and created a sufficient amount of warmth on the skin.
The product comes in a toothpaste style tube with a small white plastic screw lid; the tube is in a small box that is red, orange and white in colour. There is a seal on the tube when you remove the lid and this is simply removed by turning the cap upside down and using it to burst the foil. The cream itself is white and has a slight oily consistency which you massage into the area required. Within a few seconds I could feel a warming sensation where the cream had been rubbed in and within a few minutes the muscles seemed to relax and the pain subsided gradually. The one down side to this cream is the very pungent medicated smell, if over used it's so intense that your eyes begin to water. Using this cream is not a subtle option so if you are going out or going to work, unless the pain is immense, I personally would avoid it. However for me, I just wanted it to aid relaxation of the muscle to help me sleep better so the smell was not a huge issue.
This worked very well for me and eased my muscle pain effectively, but the pain was very mild, more irritating than anything else. I can imagine this would work well for any other muscular pain like those associated with strains. You can use this cream 2-3 times a day which I did not require as I only needed at night, but should you require more the option is there.
The product is not recommended for under-fives and is for external use only. There are recommendations for pregnant women to contact a doctor prior to use, and for you not to use should you be allergic to the ingredients. It also states not to be used by asthmatics, but as an asthmatic I have never had any adverse effects, but please contact your doctor before using it yourself.
One strong recommendation I do have is that to ensure you wash your hands after each application because should you touch your eyes with this product still on your hands it will cause you substantial discomfort.
The ingredients are Menthol 5.91% w/w, Eucalyptus Oil 1.97% w/w, Methyl Salicylate 12.80% w/w, Turpentine Oil 1.47% w/w, Sodium cetostearyl sulphate, cetostearyl alcohol, propylene glycol, wool fat (lanolin), liquid paraffin, dowicil 200 and water. This accounts for the very strong medicated smell.
I purchased this from my local Tesco but it is available most if not all Tesco stores and at www.tesco.com.
Overall I found this product to be very good and it worked well for me, the only negative is the strong smell but for my needs this was not an issue. I would definitely recommend.
I have suffered with lower back pain since having my second daughter and have been told the only thing that may help is a 4 month intense course of physiotherapy which I am unable to do as I have to be active for my job, when my back is really playing up I use Deep Heat cream to help but when I ran out I decided to give Tescos own version a try.
The Tesco heat rub is actually just as expensive as the Deep Heat product for a 35g tube which is quite surprising but I had thought it may have had a better effect. The product is from Tesco and therefore that is the only place in which you can buy the product.
The product comes in a tube which is housed in a cardboard box, the box is half white and half red with a picture on it of a man rubbing something into his back. There are directions for use and warnings on the back of the box as you would expect with anything medical.
To use the product according to the tube, you apply a thin layer into the affected area until penetration of the cream is complete, use 10-40mm of gel, apply 2-3 times daily and wash hands immediately after use.
When you squeeze the product onto your hand you can smell it and it stinks to say the least, when you rub the cream into your skin it warms straight up and gives a very comforting feeling. The cream provides pain relief whilst it is warm however the effect doesn't last very long which is a shame and due to this I have returned to the Deep Heat version of the cream.
I cannot say anything really bad about the product but will only rate it 3 out of 5 as it simply doesn't compare to the branded version and it simply doesn't last long enough considering you can only use it a max of 3 times per day.
One thing I am very used to in my life is aches and pains. I suffer with M.E have a spine condition and constantly suffer with pain in my lower back and achilles heal. I have had medication from the Dr and so on, I thought I had tried every freeze and heat spray on the market til I spotted this one the other week in my local Tesco store retailing at £2.35 for a 35g tube and instantly I decided to buy and try it just in case it worked!
Well the tube and the box look pretty much the same in appearance with being told what it is and who it is by on it, how to use it and so on, inside the box there is also a leaflet that gives us yet more infomration and warnings and so on and of course contact details for Tesco are listed.
This is designed to be used on of course aches and pains such as back aches, sprains and so on and its an external to use product only. We are told to use 10-40mm of the gel per application, 2-3 times a day and of course if you want to use paracetamol or whatever as well you can.
I apply this to my heel and to my back in the main. I use a thin layer as suggested and the thing I hate about this is the fragrance. Its really highly medicated in smell and what I can only describe as overpowering, though to be fair like a lot of products are such as this and so I do like to open a window when I apply it and as soon as I have I wash my hands.
This takes a minute or so to warm up and when it does its rather warm though not too hot and it dries into my skin very quickly indeed. The smell however lingers on me for hours so I only use this when I'm staying indoors and this warms my skin for only a few minutes.
Does It Work?:
It does give the muscles a nice warm up which I can see being helpful for anyone with a gym related injury for me though no it doesn't. I can still feel the pain through my warm skin and the effects of the warmth do nothing good for me in the long term either.
I don't like the smell on me or in my home and sadly like many other products such as this have personally found it not very good for me and my pains. Maybe on not too severe issues this could be helpful but not sadly in my case!
Only available in Tesco stores and from Tesco.com
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I get occasional back pain and being a man who doesn't really do well with pain I have a collection of aides to help me with it. I am a big fan of cold and heat therapy and my favourite way to help with back pain is to use an ice pack and then a heat pack. However if I am not in the house it isn't always practical to use ice and heat pads so I need to get gels and sprays for the car and to take to the gym with me.
I usually buy certain brands but I have tried some cheaper ones too. The Tesco heat rub is a lot cheaper than the more premium brands and only costs £2.35 for a 35 gram tube.
Being a cream I do think it is easier to use than either a heat pad or a spray but I also find the effects to be slightly less effective and it doesn't seem to be as deep penetrating as some that I have tried.
When you rub the cream into the skin it gives an immediate sensation of heat which intensifies after a few minutes. The heat sensation is not overpowering but it does give an almost immediate relief from pain and although it won't get rid of severe pain it will help with light pain and I find it especially effective for using it after going to the gym when my muscles are aching.
I quite liked this heat rub but I did find that it wasn't as long lasting as I would have liked which is the reason I went back to using a heat spray as I find them to be longer lasting.
I do think this is a really good price and would be ideal for people to keep in their drawer at work or in their car glove compartment just to be able to rub it in when some aches and pains come on you.
If you do have more severe pain this isn't really going to do much more than distract you from the pain and you would be better buying something a little bit more powerful but for light aches and pains it would be worth giving it a try especially as it is so cheap.
This is an effective heat treatment for aching muscles from Tesco and at £1.89 for a 35g it is also very reasonably priced. I exercise a lot both through work and in my own time so I do get th tubee odd ache and sore muscle and sometimes a heat treatment is what is required
It comes in a cream so you do have to be careful after applying it and make sure you wash your hands thoroughly to remove any traces. It has a screw cap on top of an orange and white tube and there is a foil security patch across the top of the tube which needs to be penetrated before you can use the cream, when the tube is full you only want to apply a little pressure otherwise too much cream will come out and you do have to be careful as after the release of pressure some may leak out after the first use so it is wise to have some kitchen towel close to hand.
It does have a rather strong smell and it it is very fast acting, I can feel the heat penetrating my muscles when I use it on my legs, I have also used it on my husbands lower back and he could also feel the heat within a few seconds of applying the cream. The heat is certainly not unbearable, it is instead a warming sensation that permeates through the skin and around the damaged tissue and it certainly does provide some relief to aching muscles.
The cream absorbs into the skin very quickly and as I said earlier the only real drawback to this product is the slightly unpleasant smell that comes with it and it is a smell that lingers for a while, I always give it a few minutes before putting on clothes over it but despite this the smell still lingers and I can detect it on clothes when I remove them so I tend to wash them straight away.
As a treatment for muscle pain it is certainly as good as the brand named propducts and given that it is a lot cheaper I would always recommend this over its rivals.
It comes with the usual warning about being only suitable for external use and is not recommended for children under 5.
I stand on my feet a lot some days and as this is not something that I do every day it can leave me feeling tired and run down. It is for this reason that I have used deep heat spray and deep heat rub in the past. I am always looking for a way to save a few pounds where possible and this was probably my reason for purchasing this Tesco Heat Rub.
This heat rubs comes provided in a tube which is quite simple in appearance. The tube shows all the usual information and this comes provided in a box. There is the usual leaflet provided within the box and this talks about how to use this and miscellaneous other information that should always be read before using this heat rub. The tube has a screw top lid and you can flip this over and use the end to piece open the hygiene seal on the heat rub itself.
This heat rub is designed for use on areas where you may have muscle sprain, backache, aches & pains or rheumatic pain. I tend to use this on my calf muscles or on my back when I have had a busy day and it is incredibly simple to use. I rub this cream in to the area that I need it to work on and within a few minutes this starts to warm up lots and get to work. The smell of this is not pleasant but it is not overpowering like deep heat sprays can be.
I would say that this heat rub does not last as long as a deep heat spray and does not work as well either, however it does work quite well and it stops me getting that horrible burning sensation that sometimes comes with using the spray.
I believe this cost me around £2.50 last time I purchased it but it could be slightly less than this as I tend to round things up when shopping so I get a nice surprise at the checkout.
Overall I would say that this is a 4/5 product. The price of this is very reasonable and it gets to work reasonably fast. This can be used 2 or 3 times per day which is reasonable too but it is not always enough when I am not feeling well and need some relief for my aching muscles. The scent of this is much less overpowering than deep heat spray and this is just one of the reasons why I will be buying this again in the future.
I have never really had the need or ailment to have to use deep heat before experiencing a quite bad and painful pulled leg muscle last year, since then it has sporadically resurfaced. As I like to grab a bargain and am of the opinion that the majority of own brand products are no different to branded goods I wanted to try the Tesco's own Heat Rub over the more widely known Deep Heat, which was the last heat cream I purchased.
This is an external pain relief cream; the heat rub comes in a tube in a white and burnt orange cardboard box. There is an image of a man's back and shoulders with a heat spot over where he is rubbing in the cream in. The tube itself is again white and orange with a screw on cap. For hygiene reasons this is sealed with a metal cover piece and you pierce the top with the point in the screw cap. Medical instructions and ingredients are on both the box and a leaflet inside.
This cream is intended for use on painful areas caused by things such as backache, muscle sprains, rheumatic pain and other aches. I needed it for a pulled muscle in my leg caused by exercise. To use the cream you simply remove a conservative amount of the ointment and massage into the area that is sore. I say conservative because the first time I used this stuff I put far too much on and my leg felt like it was on fire for a fair amount of time!
The instructions tell you to apply a thin layer of the cream on the desired area and rub in until the cream has completely been absorbed into your skin; the cream is white coloured so you can see when this has happened. This is to make sure that the pain relief starts working straight away and also to avoid getting it on clothes. I find it only takes a minute for this to happen. As soon as you start massaging this onto your skin you can feel a tingling sensation and a very warm feeling, hence heat rub. The pain relief is immediate and you mind is drawn away from the pain and into the soothing feeling of the cream.
If you have never used one of these creams before be warned the smell is quite strong, it's a very medicinal smell that is not particularly pleasant. However the pain relief makes it bearable. I would certainly be in agony if I had not used this on my pulled leg muscle.
I really like this heat rub and found it to be no better or worse than the original Deep Heat product other than in price. This Tesco version comes in a 35g tube and costs £2.35. The product lasts a long while due to the fact you do not need to use too much of it so it is great value for money. In conclusion I would definitely but this over the branded versions.
Info: Store below 25 degrees centigrade
Apply 2-3 times daily and wash hands immediately after use.
Available in store and online.
After getting a few muscle strains from going to the gym and pushing myself hubby suggested that I tried some Deep Heat to help ease the pain. Off I went to Tesco but fortunately I spotted Tesco's own make of Deep Heat as I was not prepared to pay the price of the branded versions of this. I had the choice of spray or cream but only the cream came in the cheaper Tesco own brand so this is what I opted for.
The cream comes in a cardboard box which is white and orange in colour. The product name and Tesco logo is easy to spot on it and there is a picture of shoulders with cream being rubbed into them on the 3 sides. The back of the box has the product information and a brief description on how to use it, there are also some warnings and the crams ingredients.
Inside the box is the tube of cream, this is again white and orange and has a red screw cap. The same information which is on the box can also be found on the back of the tube. We get an instruction leaflet inside the box too which again has direction for use, the warnings and ingredients on. I find this is a slight waste of paper as we already have these details twice. The screw cap is very simple to use and only requires a few turns for it to come off.
~~USE AND RESULTS~~
The cream really is very simple to use. When you buy the cream the first use will require you to break the seal, there is a small covering of silver foil over the end of the cream tube and without doing this the cream will not come out. I did find I have to pierce this as there us no tab for me to be able to pull it off. The neck of the tube is wide enough fro you to be able to use the tip of a pair of scissors on this. Once this has been done the cream is easy to squeeze out onto the hand. The cream is to be rubbed into the aching or sore muscles and left. This is to be done 2-3 times a day. Only a small 5 pence coin size is needed for the average use as a little does go a long way.
When I first used this cream on my knee and calf I instantly noticed the feeling of warmth, this is not always the case though and for subsequent uses I have noticed that it can take up to 5 minutes for me to get this feeling. The cream is very easy to rub into the skin as it is not overly thick, it is a white colour and a good consistency which is not greasy or runny. The skin absorbed the cream almost instantly and it did not need a lot of massaging to get it to do so. The warmth is a strange feeling at first, it feels as if someone has placed a hot flannel or cloth on the area and it did take me a few seconds to get used to it, there is no worry about the feeling becoming a burning one as it never gets this hot.
The one downside to the cream is the smell, it is very strong. I cannot pin point the smell but it smell strongly or disinfectant and other things, those of us who have used deep heat will know the smell I am referring to as it is the smell with this cream. The smell is a little over powering at first but after a few minutes it does dull down slighty. The smell does not fully go away and when wearing the cream I am still able to smell it for up to an hour later. As a result of the strong smell it does stay on the hands. I find I have to wash them at least twice after applying the cream for it to go, a lot of soap is also needed to help remove the smell. I would not advise applying this cream in a small room or you will be overpowered by the smell, a well ventilated or airy room is needed.
The results I got from this cream really make the smell a small factor. I noticed after my first application that just a few minutes later the muscles felt more relaxed and the pain had dulled right down, even though I do not get the warmth straight away on all uses the pain goes and they ease a lot. I have used this on other body muscles including the top of my arm and my shoulder and have had equally good results.
I find I am able to carry on with less pain and restriction from applying this cream twice daily, I don't feel the need to use more, I would say that showering or bathing after this cream will require a new application as it seems to All disappear when washed.
The cream comes in a tube which is 35g is size, I have been using this regularly for 2 weeks now and still have over half of the tube left so it does last. There is a good 2 year shelf life on this cream which means it is a good product to keep in a first aid box.
The cream is only to be used on adults or children over the age of 5 and it is for external use only. There are some warnings which include consulting your doctor before use if you are pregnant or breast feeding, not to be used if you are allergic to any of the ingredients or are asthmatic.
The ingredients for the cream include:-
Menthol 5.91% w/w, Eucalyptus Oil 1.97% w/w, Methyl Salicylate 12.80% w/w, Turpentine Oil 1.47% w/w, Sodium cetostearyl sulphate, cetostearyl alcohol, propylene glycol, wool fat (lanolin), liquid paraffin, dowicil 200 and water.
~~PRICE AND AVAILABILITY~~
This heat rub cream is a Tesco own brand so it is only available in their stores. It comes with a price tag of just under £2 which is less than half the price of the other branded creams. I think this is excellent value for money as the cream works well and lasts for a good amount of time.
I have had great results from using this cream on all different types of muscle strains and pulls. I think for the price tag it is definitely worth having in all first aid boxes. Why pay more when this is just as good as the leading brands. Definitely a full 5 stars from me despite the strong and nasty smell.