The menthol in Iceman treats a number of muscle conditions such as inflammation, strain and pain. The healing properties of Arnica and Echinacea relieve inflammation and Iceman acts as an alternative or addition to other inflammation medication.
A body’s attempt at self-protection leads to inflammation. It removes harmful stimuli, damaged cells pathogens and other irritants. It is usually the precursor to the healing stage. Thus, the biological response of inflammation is a sign that a body is trying to
The word inflammation is derived from the Latin word ‘inflammo’ translating to ‘I set alight, I ignite.’ It is part of the body’s immune response or the immediate healing process. It occurs when the body’s white blood cells protect it from infection caused by external factors such as bacteria and viruses. Chemicals are produced by the cells and discharged into the wound site, causing warmth
Therefore, in most cases, for example when a joint sustains a blow, inflammation can be highly beneficial. However, in extreme situations, inflammation can be serious and be self-perpetuating.
How is Inflammation Beneficial?
The first stage of inflammation is known as irritation, which, in turn, leads to swelling and inflammation. This process is followed by suppuration or the ‘discharge of pus’. The granulation stage comes next when rounded masses of tissue are formed for healing purposes. Therefore, without inflammation, a body or its wounds
would never heal.
Is Inflammation Harmful?
We know inflammation protects the wound site, but if it persists too long, it can cause tissue damage. This is known as chronic inflammation and can disrupt overall immune function. This leaves the body more susceptible to external factors such as bacteria and viruses, leading to debilitating conditions.
Therefore, inflammation stops being acute and turns chronic when it remains a constant low-level physiological response. The body is unable to switch off the inflammatory response and begins to damage healthy tissue.
Chronic inflammation Can:
• Damage the intestinal lining
• Cause digestive issues
• Damage the arteries in the heart, leading to heart disease
• Damage the joints
• Cause rheumatoid arthritis
Difference between Acute and Chronic Inflammation
Acute inflammation onsets rapidly and becomes severe just as fast. The symptoms present themselves only for a few days, or a few weeks in some cases.
Long term or chronic inflammation can be caused by the following conditions or diseases:
• Chronic peptic ulcer
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Chronic periodontitis
• Crohn’s disease
• Chronic sinusitis
• Chronic active hepatitis
The conditions and diseases that cause acute
• Acute bronchitis
• Infected ingrown toenails
• Sore throat due to the flu
• Scratches or cuts on the skin
• Intense training and exercise
• Acute appendicitis
• Acute dermatitis
• Acute tonsillitis
• Acute infected meningitis
• Acute sinusitis
• Blows or hits to the body
Inflammation and Pain
Usually, inflammation is accompanied by discomfort, pain, stiffness and in some cases, even agony. Apart from acute and chronic pain, inflammation can also cause:
• Nociceptive pain
• Somatic pain
• Visceral pain
The word ‘nociceptive’ means reacting to pain. Therefore, the cause in this kind of inflammatory pain comes from outside the nervous system – and is just a reaction.
Non- nociceptive pain comes from within the nervous system. Some receptors in the body are stimulated to
feel this pain. They sense change in vibration, temperature and chemicals of the damaged cells.
Somatic pain, which is a kind of nociceptive pain, is felt in bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and the skin itself. Therefore, any musculoskeletal pain can be categorised as being somatic. This pain is more localised and touching the affected area can result
This type of pain is sensed internally – in the organs, main body cavity etc. It is usually described as a deep ache as localising it is more difficult than somatic pain. Colic and cramps are perfect examples of visceral pain.
“I don’t remember who recommended Iceman cooling gel to me, but I thank them every day! My inflammation woes are long behind me thanks to this magic drug.”
Sally S., Johannesburg
Despite the relief provided by Iceman, it must be noted that consulting a physician is highly essential. The information provided is purely informative.
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