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Daniel Miller 02-26-2007 06:44 AM

Blue Heat?
As anyone ever tried Blue Heat? It is one of those menthol products that is supposed to help with tendon pain and stiffness?

Does anyone know how (if?) this stuff would work?

Steve Shafley 02-26-2007 07:03 AM

It's a irritant, so it takes your mind off what's bugging you and refocuses it on where you've applied the liniment. The menthol based ones also might help bring more blood to the area.

With stuff like this, the Blue Heat, Pink Heat, Equiblock, Equitite, and the stuff made for human skin, like Ben Gay Maximum Strength, Icy Hot, Capsicum HP etc...it's all about being a counter-irritant.

I find these kinds of things useful for warming up, but not really useful to manage pain.

The stuff I like the best was "Equitite", a perfect blend for warming up and keeping things feeling hot. The Blue and Pink Heat work ok too.

Be very careful with any capsicum based products, because they'll heat up dramatically when you start sweating. I can use damn near anything on my knees, and even under knee sleeves, to help keep things warm, but once I put Capsicum HP on my shoulders, and about 15 minutes into the workout I had to stop because the stuff was burning so badly. And, even a hot shower made it worse, so I had to take a cold shower and wash and rinse multiple times before I could relieve the burning.

It was bad. Pray you never get stuff like that in the "danger zone" which includes your butthole. A buddy of mine applied the stuff, washed his hands, and took a crap. Because of the cheap toilet paper at the gym, his fingers went through the paper.

He cried about it for a few hours.

Mike ODonnell 02-26-2007 10:32 AM

sounds like a bad Eddie Murphy/Arnold Schwatzeneger Cop movie.....

Allen Yeh 02-26-2007 10:59 AM


Originally Posted by Mike ODonnell (Post 5458)
sounds like a bad Eddie Murphy/Arnold Schwatzeneger Cop movie.....

Oh come on who didn't love Kindergarten Cop?

"It's not a tumor!"

Steve Shafley 02-26-2007 11:09 AM

Capsaicin on your butthole is never funny, if it happens to you.

Scott Kustes 02-26-2007 12:05 PM

It's all fun and games till someone takes a pepper up the arse. Then it's a party.

Frank Needham 02-26-2007 05:18 PM

Steve, that blend of advice and fact was hilarious...I'll bet your friend had bad dreams about that.

Steve Shafley 02-26-2007 07:05 PM

I have bad dreams about that. Having to kill a workout because of heat rub is a bit humiliating when you train with a pack of yahoos.

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