What is MultiFlex Excel?
By decreasing inflammation and increasing localized blood flow, MultiFlex Excel’s 100% natural topical formula—including two FDA cleared pain relievers—promises to address your pain in minutes and last for hours.
In fact, MultiFlex Excel was formulated by a team of doctors with over 30 years of pain relief experience, who chose to include three times the camphor and menthol of leading brands.
Why? To deliver soothing heat and coolness, along with deeper penetration.
Together, the manufacturer also tells us that MultiFlex Excel’s highly concentrated combination of pain-killing herbs will soothe your sore muscles and improve your flexibility, regardless whether it’s occurring in your knees, legs, neck, or anywhere else.
But will it? Is there anything special about MultiFlex’s concentrated formula? Will it realistically help you live pain-free, without medications or costly procedures?
Those are just a couple of the important questions we’ll help you find answers to in this article, starting with the basics.
What Causes Muscle Pain & Inflammation?
We’ve used this explanation frequently, but it’s always relevant: Pain is your body’s way of indicating that something’s wrong (your ankle hurts, for example), but doesn’t tell you specifically what’s wrong (that you have osteoarthritis, as another example).
With this in mind, muscle pain is often caused by overuse, when the microscopic muscle fibers tear and then grow stronger as the body repairs them. This is the basic principle behind working out and most fitness activities.
On the other hand, injuries (especially related to nerves) can cause ongoing—or chronic—pain, as can inflammation-related diseases like arthritis.
The point? If you’re experiencing frequent pain, the first person you should speak with is your doctor, who can formulate a treatment plan based on the root cause of your pain.
Until your appointment arrives, though, might you reasonably expect MultiFlex Excel’s ingredients to deliver some measure of relief?
How Effective Are MultiFlex Excel’s Ingredients For Pain Relief?
The manufacturer doesn’t provide a label, although the MultiFlex Excel website listed the following ingredients:
- 11% Menthol
- 13% Camphor
- Aloe Vera
- Devil’s Claw
- Horse Chestnut
- Glucosamine Sulfate
- Vitamin E
- Fulvic Acid
- Arnica Montana
Menthol is a naturally occurring substance found in peppermint and spearmint that falsely triggers the TRPM8 receptor protein—the same one that’s triggered when our skin senses cold. As a result, applying menthol to the skin delivers a cooling sensation.
In turn, this cooling sensation can help temporarily relieve minor pain, while also increasing circulation, delivering healing nutrients, and flushing out any toxic waste generated.
There are other substances that accomplish much of the same, including camphor and eucalyptus oil.
According to WebMD, there is some early research indicating that a specific brand of arnica gel can reduce pain and stiffness in people with osteoarthritis. In some instances, it’s been shown to work about as well as ibuprofen.
When applied topically, aloe may help address psoriasis and itchy rash, while horse chestnut may improve symptoms of varicose veins and other circulatory problems.
On the other hand, authoritative websites indicate that taking devil’s claw, MSM, glucosamine, and boswellia supplements internally may help improve osteoarthritis symptoms, although this same evidence doesn’t appear to exist for external application.
Will You Experience Any Side Effects From MultiFlex Excel?
While not all of its topical ingredients will provide pain or inflammation relief for everyone (again, based on the clinical evidence as reported by authoritative websites), the good news is that if you experience any side effects at all from MultiFlex Excel’s ingredients, it probably won’t be worse than mild irritation at the application site.
However, WebMD recommends that topical analgesics like MultFlex should never be applied to wounds or damaged skin, used along with a heating pad (could cause burns), or used under a tight bandage. Also, be sure to wash your hands after application.
How Much Does MultiFlex Excel Cost?
One tube of MultiFlex XL is priced at $19.95, plus $4.95 S&H.
Along with your order, you’ll also receive access to the Keys to Living Pain-Free online guide, which was written by Drs. France Carpentier and Rick Argall and claims to be “filled with priceless tips to help manage and alleviate your chronic pain.”
All orders come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H, which can be requested by calling 866-518-2296.
How does this price compare to other similar products?
Does MultiFlex Excel Have Any Competition? How Does It Compare?
If you’re in the market for pain relief creams, gels, sprays, patches, and even roll-ons, you’ve got thousands of options. In fact, if you want something in your hands in the next few minutes, you could likely drive down to your corner pharmacy and find a half-decent selection.
This includes national brands that have been around for decades like Bengay, Blue-Emu, and Icy Hot, along with an even greater number of generic options that might work just as well.
While we didn’t encounter any creams with an identical formulation to MultiFlex Excel during our research, most contained different concentrations of cooling ingredients that might deliver similar results to the cream’s menthol.
Given all these similar options, how can you choose which one is right for you?
According to Consumer Reports, while everyone’s body is different, the first thing to remember is that they’ll provide pain relief equivalent to OTC pills like aspirin and ibuprofen. But they might be especially valuable for those who can’t tolerate those oral pain relievers.
Given this, it’s important to keep your expectations realistic for products like MultiFlex Excel—and it also means that they might not necessarily help you avoid prescription medications or costly procedures.
Still, to improve your results, they recommend continuing to follow the RICE formula: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.
Finally, Consumer Reports notes that when it comes to topical pain relievers, more isn’t necessarily better. In fact, if you apply too much, it could lead to a mild to severe chemical burn.
For this reason, be sure to apply MultiFlex Excel’s 3-times concentrated formula to a small test area on your body before applying more liberally for pain relief.
Will MultiFlex Excel Provide a Solid Value?
When browsing the aisles at your local pharmacy or the virtual aisles at your favorite online retailer, you’ll find that most pain relief creams are priced somewhere between $7 and $20. At $25 (including S&H), MultiFlex Excel is certainly toward the top of this spectrum.
And while it’s positive that the manufacturer seems to stand behind MultiFlex with a 30-day refund policy, you’ll also lose your initial shipping charges—plus whatever it will cost to send the tube back—if you decide to request a refund.
Given this, along with the fact that many of MultiFlex’s ingredients aren’t clinically shown to provide pain relief benefits (and those that might provide some relief are only reported to be effective when ingested), only you can decide if it’s worth rolling the dice.
Just keep in mind that any product making a health-related claim must be cleared by the FDA before release. So while it's positive that MultiFlex Excel is FDA cleared, it's a legal requirement, not necessarily an extra step taken on behalf of the manufacturer.