Do Capsacin sports creams actually work?
February 15, 2012 7:54 AM Subscribe
Do sports creams with capsacin actually do anything to help healing and repair of inflamed tendons / ligaments or are they merely palliative?
posted by BrooksCooper to Health & Fitness (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So, on occasion after a long run / long bike ride a few tendons in one or both knees will be a bit inflamed, sore and tender. This is not troubling as they are not stressed to the point of irreparable injury. However, I would (of course) prefer them to heal as soon as possible. I have some sports cream with a huge amount of capsacin in it. Applying it will indeed make the affected area feel hot - as the capsacin irritates the skin and produces, at least in the dermis, locally increased blood flow as the body deals with the inflammation caused by the capsacin.
Does that process - increasing blood flow by irritating the skin - actually provide any benefit to the underling tendons or ligaments?
Most Googling has found articles connected with manufacturers which - surprise! - says these creams make you heal, make you taller, more good looking, etc.