1. RAPIGEL promotes a similar effect to an ice pack RAPIGEL is far more convenient to transport and can be used in situations where ice or cold hosing may be inconvenient or impossible.
2. Menthol in RAPIGEL® is a widely recognised cooling agent when applied to the skin. Menthol is thought to stimulate the nerves that perceive cold and depress those that perceive pain1,2. Specific nerve receptors respond in a similar manner to cold as they do to menthol. The menthol in RAPIGEL® is an alternative or an additional
aid to traditional cold therapy.
Notes: Airaksinsen, O et al. Efficacy of a cold gel for soft tissue injuries: a prospective double-blinded trial, American Journal of Sports Medicine, Sept-Oct 2003, accessed at www.findarticles.com # Burke, E Phd, April 2001, accessed at www.active.com
3. RAPIGEL® relieves soreness due to overexertion, fatigue or bruising Menthol and camphor stimulate the circulation to damaged tissue when applied topically. This decreases the chance of bruises forming when applied early and may assist in the removal of dead blood cells once a bruise has formed.
4. Menthol and camphor have been used for thousands of years for the relief of pain in many areas of the body. Menthol and camphor, found in RAPIGEL®, are part of a group of chemicals known as “counter-irritants” that relieve pain by irritating the sensory nerve endings to alter or offset pain in the underlying muscle or joints served by the same nerves.
5. Aids in reducing inflammation and swelling Menthol and camphor have a mild anti-inflammatory effect. This assists in the repair of both acute and chronic joint and tendon injuries.
# ACUTE INJURIES – reduces the inflammatory response when applied immediately after an injury has occurred. Will also assist the healing process when applied for the duration of the injury by increasing circulation to the affected area.
# CHRONIC INJURIES – in the case of older or more chronic inflammation menthol and camphor increase circulation and reduce inflammation.
6. No mess - RAPIGEL® does not leave a sticky residue on hands, application sites or bandages RAPIGEL® may actually assist in the removal of residues from bandages or other products.
When to Use Rapigel!
1. Effective when pain, inflammation or swelling is present RAPIGEL® can be applied to muscles, tendons or joints whenever pain, swelling or inflammation is present without broken skin. RAPIGEL® will assist in providing relief from over-exertion or fatigue.
2. Effective before a workout There is evidence* (2) to suggest that the application of counter-irritant products like menthol and camphor assist the warm-up process by stimulating circulation to the extremities, which better prepares them for exercise. By applying RAPIGEL® prior to workout, circulation may be increased to the extremities reducing the chance of strains or injuries due to ill-prepared muscles, tendons, and joints. RAPIGEL® should only be used prior to training workouts and use should be discontinued in accordance with the rules of competition prior to the event.
Note: Burke, E PhD, April 2001, accessed at www.active.com
3. Effective after a workout Even when no obvious evidence or injury is present, applying RAPIGEL® after exercise helps relieve general aches and pains. It provides soothing relief after exertion to manage fatigue and reduce the progression of subtle injuries.