About Theraworx Relief

By Tyler Cooper
HighYa Staff Updated on: Apr 5, 2018

Theraworx Relief is a muscle cramp-relief solution that’s clinically proven to ease pain stemming from cramps and spasms using a proprietary blend of safe, gentle ingredients. The makers of the product bill it as an alternative to other topical muscle therapies that simply provide surface-level solutions.

They also state that there are no known side effects, suggesting that the natural formulation is gentle enough for use in hospitals around the country, yet powerful enough to be a part of professional athletes’ training regimens.

Additionally, Theraworx Relief promises to treat soreness and irritation that can occur after a cramp, even stating that—when applied to the afflicted area on a regular basis—it can prevent cramps and spasms from happening in the first place.

So, how is it applied?

Using Theraworx Relief

Although the FAQ on the product’s website states that Theraworx Relief is safe for use on any part of the body, including sensitive areas, it appears to be targeted towards helping relieve pain and discomfort in the thighs, hamstrings, calves and feet.

The website lists that the product is safe for anyone ages two and up, though it warns that pregnant or breastfeeding individuals should consult with a health professional before application. To use it, you’ll need to apply two large pumps of foam or six to eight pumps of spray (depending on which you purchase) onto the desired area, rubbing in until it is absorbed by the skin.

Before we go any further, let’s take a step back for a moment and examine what exactly is happening when our muscles experience cramps and spasms. Afterward, we’ll break down the product’s ingredients in order to evaluate how effective you can expect them to be.

Understanding Muscle Cramps

Often called “charley horses,” muscle cramps like the ones Theraworx Relief claims to treat are sudden, painful tightening or contractions within the muscle tissue, often occurring in the legs and feet just before bed or just after waking up. According to WebMD, the cause of these cramps is not always clear. They list that the following can contribute to the issue:

  • Exercise, or injury relating to exercise.
  • Pregnancy
  • Exposure to colder temperatures, especially cold water.
  • Standing or sitting on a hard surface for too long.
  • Sleeping with your legs in awkward positions.
  • Not getting enough potassium and calcium with your diet.
  • Being dehydrated.
  • Certain medications, including antipsychotics, birth control pills, diuretics, statins, and steroids.
  • Other medical conditions, like blood flow problems (peripheral arterial disease), kidney disease, thyroid disease, and multiple sclerosis.

The Mayo Clinic adds that “too little potassium, calcium or magnesium in your diet can contribute to leg cramps. Diuretics — medications often prescribed for high blood pressure — also can deplete these minerals.”

As for treating cramps and spasms, WebMD indicates common options for alleviating the pain include stretching and massaging the muscle, taking a warm shower or bath, using an ice pack, and drinking plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. They also suggest that taking over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), or naproxen (Aleve) may be of some assistance.

As for preventing future cramps, the Mayo Clinic similarly recommends drinking plenty of fluids in order to stay hydrated throughout the day. They also suggest stretching before and after using any particular muscle for an extended period of time.

Now that we know a bit more high-level information about the common causes, treatments, and prevention options associated with muscle cramps and spasms, let’s take a closer look at Theraworx Relief’s formula.

Taking a Closer Look at Theraworx Relief’s Ingredients

According to Theraworx Relief’s drug facts label, its only active ingredient is magnesium sulfate (Magnesia suphurica) 6X 0.05% HPUS (which means “the components officially monographed by the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States). Inactive ingredients include:

Aqua (water), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Colloidal Silver, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycerin, Allantoin, Beta Glucan, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Lauryl Glucoside, Tetrasodium EDTA, PEG/PPG-4/12 Dimethicone, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Parfum (Fragrance)

According to their summaries of the available clinical evidence, sites like WebMD and the Natural Medicines Database report that, while magnesium seems to be effective for treating a variety of conditions, addressing muscle cramps doesn’t seem to be among them.

Specifically, WebMD lists magnesium supplementation (internally, not applied externally) as possibly ineffective for muscle cramps, stating, “Taking magnesium supplements does not seem to decrease the frequency or intensity of muscle cramps.”

Similarly, the Natural Medicines Database (subscription may be required for full access) states: “Analyses of clinical research suggest that magnesium supplementation does not decrease the frequency or intensity of skeletal muscle cramps compared to placebo.”

Another important factor to quickly discuss is the level of magnesium found in Theraworx Relief, which is listed as 6X. Without going into unnecessary detail, this is a homeopathic dosage that indicates one part of a substance (i.e., magnesium) has been diluted ten times, usually in water. Then, this process is repeated six times.

Quickly working out the math, this would leave one part magnesium to 1,000,000 parts water. So, even if magnesium supplementation was reported by sites like WebMD and the Natural Medicines Database to have sufficient clinical support for relieving or preventing muscle cramps, the real-world level of magnesium in Theraworx Relief is very small.

Pro tip: According to the FTC, all drugs labeled as ‘homeopathic’ must include the statement that they’re “‘not accepted by most modern medical experts’ and that ‘there is no scientific evidence the product works.”

With all of this said, we found one placebo-controlled clinical study conducted on Theraworx, which was completed in November 2017, involved a total of 50 participants experiencing “night-time cramps and spasms on average at least three times per week,” and took place over the course of 14 days.

Results were listed as “submitted but not posted,” pending Quality Control Review. We reached out and spoke with a company representative during our research, who advised they’d send us a copy of the results, which we’ll update here as soon as we receive.

In the meantime, are there any side effects associated with the product

Potential Theraworx Relief Side Effects

When taken in doses of less than 350 mg per day, WebMD and the Natural Medicines Database indicate that magnesium is safe for most adults and unlikely to cause side effects. In some instances, however (no additional dosages or circumstances noted), they indicate it can cause mild, temporary digestive upset and nausea.

Again, these sites don’t report any clinical evidence related to the topical application of magnesium, versus internal supplementation, so the potential side effects could be the same.

As with any new cream or ointment, we’d recommend that you start off by applying a small amount to your body before using larger quantities, just to ensure that your skin reacts well to the formula. And it’s never a bad idea to talk with your doctor about using any new topical product, especially if you’re experiencing frequent muscle cramps.

How Much Does Theraworx Relief Cost & Where Can You Buy?

If purchased directly from the manufacturer, Theraworx Relief is priced at:

  • 1 Bottle (7.1 fl oz): $19.95
  • 3 Bottles: $50.87 ($19.96 each)
  • 6 Bottles: $89.77 ($14.96 each)

We also found these same quantities available on Amazon for the same prices, as well as in-store at national retailers like Rite Aid, Walgreens, and CVS.

All direct purchases come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges, while third-party policies will vary by retailer.

To obtain a refund through the company, you’ll need to call 888-282-7353 or send an email to info@theraworxrelief.com, and include the following information with your return:

  • Original purchase receipt.
  • Your name, address, phone number, and signature.
  • The product itself.
  • Your reason for returning the product.

What Can We Learn from Theraworx Relief Customer Reviews?

Since writing our original article, seven HighYa readers provided feedback about their experiences with Theraworx Relief, giving the product an average rating of 4.4 stars. Common compliments referenced effective cramp relief and prevention, on many different parts of the body, along with ease of use.

The single complaint related to difficulty dispensing due to hand weakness and cramping.

Among more than 900 combined reviews on Amazon, Theraworx Relief had a slightly lower average rating of about four stars, although customers cited many of the same compliments. An additional common complaint was that it didn’t work as well as expected.

As a company, Avadim Technologies, Inc. is based out of Asheville, NC and has been in business since 2007. While TheraWorx Relief is their most popular product, others in their lineup include pHUEL, a non-toxic, topical muscle nutrition supplement, as well as Combat One, a skin cleanser.

Theraworx Relief vs. Alternative Muscle Cramp Solutions

While you’ll find dozens of topical products that promise to address muscle soreness in one form or another, including mainstream options like Icy Hot, Bengay, and so forth, we only encountered two other homeopathic remedies competing for many of the same cramp-suffering customers as Theraworx Relief:

Brand Price Active Ingredient(s)
Theraworx Relief $19.95 - $89.87 (7.1 fl oz bottles) Magnesium sulfate (Magnesia suphurica) 6X 0.05%
Hyland’s Leg Cramps Pain Relief Ointment $9 (2.5 oz) Aconitum Napellus 3X, Arnica Montana 3X, Ledum Palustre 3X, Magnesium Phosphorica 10X, Rhus Toxicodendron 6X, Viscum Album 3X HPUS
Cramp 911 Roll-On Lotion $11 (0.15 oz) Cuprum Metallicum 6X - 0.05 %, Magnesia Sulfate 6X - 0.05 %

However, if you’re simply looking for a no-nonsense topical solution, we encountered dozens of magnesium-containing creams and topical sprays during our research, some of which were priced as low as $6. Furthermore, some of these provided dosage details about exactly how much magnesium you’ll get per application.

What does all of this mean when it comes to your future with Theraworx Relief? Let’s wrap everything up in the following section.

Our Final Thoughts About Theraworx Relief

On the one hand, sources such as WebMD and the Natural Medicines Database report there’s insufficient clinical evidence supporting the ability for magnesium—whether supplemented internally or applied topically—to soothe, manage, or prevent muscle cramps and spasms.

And even if magnesium were shown to provide these benefits, the 6X homeopathic dosage found in Theraworx Relief's formula would represent an ultra-small dosage.

With this said, here on HighYa as well as online marketplaces like Amazon, the topical foam’s formula seems to come with almost wholly positive feedback from customers. As such, it largely seems to be meeting their cramp relief needs.

On top of this, all direct purchases come with a 30-day refund policy, so you might not have much more to lose than return S&H if you give it a try and are dissatisfied.

Just keep in mind that a) you should talk with your doctor before making a purchase, and b) if they recommend you proceed, buying locally could put it in your hands—and potentially provide relief—faster.

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27 Consumer Reviews for Theraworx Relief

Average Consumer Rating: 4.3
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 19 4 star: 4 3 star: 1 2 star: 0 1 star:  3
Bottom Line: 85% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Foam is useless - the product leaks when trying to use and runs down the bottle.

    • Richmond, VA,
    • Mar 12, 2019
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    I bought at CVS - bar card for foam is 93198 00237.

    I also bought the spray at first (93198 00248) but wanted the foam thinking the application would be less messy!

    It is effective but difficult to use. The cost was $22 each.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Use for arms, hands, and legs

    My husband and I both are so glad we found Theraworx. We both get leg cramps that are excruciating. He also gets them in his hands and arms and I have an injury to my wrist and hand and this is the only thing that helps.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Relieved

    • Florida,
    • Mar 1, 2019
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    Since I started using Theraworx, I have not had a single cramp. I got them every night before. The foam is massaged into my feet every night. I also used it on my calf one time when I had a cramp and it worked at once. It is wonderful not being awakened by cramps that had to be walked off in the middle of the night.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 4 out 5 people found this review helpful

    It actually works!

    • Tyler, TX,
    • Feb 25, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    As a 60-year-old man, after having leg cramps at night, I decided to try the product, skeptical but determined. It actually worked! I am impressed! Kind of pricy, but worth it! The relief was tremendous. I wasn't sure at first when to apply it, but one night I decided to use it during a spasm, and I could feel it working. Excellent product!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Another gimmick

    • Salina, KS,
    • Feb 19, 2019
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    I paid $20 for this product and it's a JOKE! I have used 6 pumps, let dry, reapplied and am still waking up in pain. I tried it at work, rest and gym, no relief. I'll pay $15 less and use the trustworthy Icy Hot.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Work better than a prescription.

    • Swannanoa, NC,
    • Feb 17, 2019
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    I know this product as it is made in Asheville and I have used this product for relief of spasms, which works great.

    But I have started using it for Arthritic knees and ankle pain.

    I have found that it works better than what the Doctor prescribed (a topical cream with Diclofenac, Gabapentin, and Lidocaine).

    I really do not know why it is not listed as a treatment for Arthritic pain as this would really help millions of people.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Thank you Theraworx

    • Vermont,
    • Jan 23, 2019
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    I'm in my late 60s and have suffered cramps at night, especially leg cramps, for at least 30 years. I used to take Quinine pills when they were available. For the last ten years or so I would have to take at least one and sometimes two or three hot showers in the middle of the night two or three times a week because of the excruciating pain. This stuff works. I now spray Theraworx on, rub it in, and then spray a second time immediately. The cramp disappears within a few minutes, even inner thigh cramps. I have been using this for a couple of months now and it is a godsend for me.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 11 out 14 people found this review helpful

    Amazing product

    • Laureldale, PA,
    • Jan 5, 2019
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    After my motorcycle accident in 2006 with two broken femurs and major scar tissue on left femur, the accident limited my ability a lot. My wife could rub my leg for 30 minutes just to get the lump back in two hours. I applied Theraworx and in 15 minutes I was almost back to pre accident condition. It has only been two days using this product but I will be running again, that's something I have not done in 12 years and three months. WOW, AMAZING! Where can I buy stock in this product?

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 12 out 14 people found this review helpful

    This is the best

    • Rhode Island,
    • Dec 10, 2018
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    Theraworx really works fast to take my muscle cramps away. Thank you for a wonderful product. My cramps get so bad that I almost feel like I am going to pass out. After applying this foam, in only a few minutes I am feeling so much better. Awesome product.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 15 out 19 people found this review helpful

    Amazing product

    • Gaffney, SC,
    • Nov 13, 2018
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    I have suffered from night leg and foot cramps for years. In recent months, I have had such severe cramps in my ankles that it often feels as if my bones will break if I try to stand. I tried Theraworx Relief last night when I woke up having one of those ankle cramps. I rubbed two pumps on my ankle, and the cramp instantly stopped. This is an amazing product.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 13 out 17 people found this review helpful

    Theraworx doesn't work

    • Illinois,
    • Nov 5, 2018
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    I was so hoping that this product would work. After suffering with leg cramps for 40 years, as we all know the FDA cares nothing about us and viciously and maliciously pulled the quinine sulfate off. It was the only thing that worked, and they pulled it off the market, leaving us with nothing. Anyway, Theraworx doesn't work. Tonight, for example, I applied it according to directions three different times and I'm continuing to cramp and cramp, so they need to go back to the drawing board. Sorry, it doesn't work for such a debilitating condition.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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