Deep Heat Muscle Rescue Neck & Shoulder Cream
Well here’s an unlikely product to find on a beauty blog – a cream that relieves everyday muscular stress and tension in the neck and shoulders. Why is it on here, I hear you cry. I carry a lot of stress in my shoulders from sitting at my desk for long periods, and I’m sure there are many of you who do as well so you may well be interested in how I got on using this product.
It’s always the same remarks I hear from therapists when they get to grips with my back and shoulders and I squirm with embarrassment like I’ve been a naughty child but there is nothing I can do to avoid it. I imagine Simon Cowell doesn’t have to suffer as he lounges around on his yacht with a masseuse on standby. Or Sinitta. Any way!
My knowledge and understanding of Deep Heat is it’s a brand that specialises in relieving muscular pain, tension and stress. Obviously we established that in the opening sentence. My dad, however, probably has shares in the company with how many times he’s used their heat pads to help with his shoulders.
Up until recently, the Deep Heat range was pretty clinical looking. Now they have introduced this cream that has a herbal aroma to it (Rosemary and Vanilla, don’t you know) and there is also a bath soak too.
It comes with a sponge applicator that you can unscrew and squeeze the cream onto, then rub on the neck or shoulders. I actually tried it on my lower back the first time because it was so sore. It went on as you would expect a cream to, I thought nothing of it and popped the lid back on the sponge. Then I was on fire. I will choose my words carefully here but heavens above, this wasn’t a ‘warmth’ as the instructions describes, it was more like hot coals!
I only applied a small amount and I would have thought the sponge absorbed a fair amount but the heat only lasts a minute or two, and if you’re slightly sadistic like me, you will probably enjoy the sensation. If that sort of thing isn’t your cup of tea, then I would steer clear of it.
On a serious note, once the burning – sorry, ‘warmth’ – had cooled off, the effect of the cream certainly worked. The tension felt in my shoulders had eased and bearing in mind I had used it first thing in the morning, I didn’t have to reapply it. Mind you, I didn’t detect any kind of herbal or floral scent, which would give the impression it’s tame – it smells like Vicks Vapour Rub only far more extreme.
The next day I used it on my shoulders and again it heated up fast. Now I get why they are called Deep Heat. Duh! This isn’t for wimps, Deep Heat means business and do you know what? I’m jolly well glad they do. This stuff puts that Tiger balm stuff to shame. I hope you’re weeping, Tiger balm. Seriously, need to sort yourself out there.
I wish this had come out a couple of years ago when I was having a hard time dealing with muscular pain in my back when I was unwell and had to use a hot water bottle pretty much every day for 6 months. This would have been magic! Still, it’s handy now and I will probably keep this in my drawer at work. It’s also a convenient size for travelling or popping in your bag and I reckon this will be my saviour after my flight to Barcelona in a few weeks.
Just to be clear, this over-the-counter cream is for muscular tension inflicted from daily routines. If you have serious or longterm muscle and back pain, please consult a specialist.
Deep Heat’s Muscle Rescue Neck & Shoulder Cream costs £5.99 for a 50g tube and is available from Boots, major supermarkets and pharmacies.