We all know how hard it can be to get clients to use ice at home. If you have ever used analgesics in your office, had them used on you, or sold them in your office, you are most likely aware of the industry leader in cryotherapy – Biofreeze. Sombra’s use and visibility has grown over the past years, especially among massage therapists. The other day I posted on our fan page link –and asked whether fellow colleagues preferred Sombra or Biofreeze? Out of all two responses, one was undecided and one was for Sombra. I decided to give Sombra a try and get some samples.
I contacted Sombra. For $7.00 (cost of shipping) they send massage therapists this sample pack:
• 5 g packet of Cool Therapy Pain Relieving Gel (2)
• 5 g packet of Warm Therapy Pain Relieving Gel (2)
• 2 fl oz of Instant Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer
• 1 fl oz bottle Natural Gel Oil
• 1 fl oz bottle of Therapeutic Lotion
• 1 fl oz jar of Natural Massage Crème
• 1 fl oz jar of Cool Therapy Pain Relieving
• 1 fl oz jar Warm Therapy Pain Relieving Gel
• 1 brochure
I contacted Biofreeze, for $0.00 they send massage therapists:
• one 5g packet of Biofreeze
• 1 pamphlet
If you sell their products, I believe they send you up to 100- 5g samples per month.
I will attempt to compare apples to apples here. Biofreeze is commonly listed as a type of cryotherapy and pain relief so I will compare that to the Sombra Cool Therapy Pain Relieving gel.
Sombra – Active ingredient – Menthol, USP 6.0% (External Analgesic)
Biofreeze – Active ingredients – Natural Menthol USP 3.5% (Cooling Pain Reliever)
Sombra Inactive Ingredients – Aloe vera extract, carbomer, decyl polyglucose, deionized water, grapefruit seed extract, green tea extract, lemon peel extract, queen of the prairie extract, rose water, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate (preservative), vegetable glycerin, witch hazel, yucca extract.
Biofreeze Inactive Ingredients – carbomer, FD&C blue #1, FD&C yellow #5, glycerine, herbal extract (Ilex paraguariensis), isopropyl alcohol USP, methylparaben, natural camphor USP (for scent), propylene glycol, silicon dioxide, triethaolamine (TEA), purified water USP
Like Soothing Touch, Sombra also hails from the “Land of Enchantment” –New Mexico. (Here is my recent review of Soothing Touch) It does not have the widespread availability of Biofreeze and can be more difficult to find, but many massage suppliers do carry it. It comes in jars and a roll-on. It has a lemon scent, but still has underlying medicinal scent that many analgesics have, including Biofreeze. It contains no artificial colors, fragrances, or alcohol. What I really liked is the fact that the “gel” is actually a lotion. From a massage therapy stand point this is great. It allows you to massage it on and work a little if need, not too long though, it does absorb quickly.
Performance Health, Inc. is the maker Biofreeze and Thera-Band products. They are based out of Ohio, the first state to regulate massage therapy. Biofreeze has been on the retail shelves of many chiropractors and massage therapists for years. I know of a few local pharmacies which carry it now. It is widely known and clients commonly ask where they can buy it. Biofreeze absorbs quickly, very quickly. It has no workability, which is great and ideal in certain circumstances. It is perfect to apply at the very end of a massage. It comes in tubes, wipes, a roll-on, and spray.
As far as actual pain relief performance, I feel they are about even. I prefer the ingredient list of Sombra and really liked its workability. Overall, Sombra has a variety of products with the massage therapist in mind. If you have not given them a try, get out $7.00 or order some from your massage product supplier.