Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tommie Copper Review: Part Two

Did you read part one of my Tommie Copper review? It's here.

Founded by Tom Kallish after being dissatisfied by uncomfortable compression wear, Tommie Copper uses "multi-directional support and proprietary copper-infused yarn to provide relief from arthritis and other joint pains, promote muscle recovery and reduce inflammation all while being comfortable enough to be worn throughout the entire day." (FAQ)


While much research has been done to show that copper is essential to all of our body tissues by helping in the formation of red blood cells, as well as playing a role in protection from cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, free radicals and cancer, there have been few studies that prove that copper is actually absorbed through the skin. (Gainey) However, some have the perspective that the skin is a "more ancient system of nutrition. . . the skin can serve as a barrier or as an entry way into the organism, depending on the circumstances." (Scienta)

Before I completely bore you with medical facts I'll get to the review.

Calf sleeves:

My calves are where I can use the most compression and the Tommie Copper Calf Compression Sleeves fit the bill. Like the knee sleeves, the calf sleeves currently come in Black, Cobalt Blue, Olive Green, and Slate Gray in sizes Small through X-Large. The sizing is as follows:

Small - 10"-12" (top of calf circumference)
Medium - 12"-14"
Large - 14"-16"
X-Large - 16"-18"

I wear a medium and it is perfect. The top band is similar to the one in the knee sleeves where it is a separate elastic band sewn to the fabric of the sleeve, while the bottom is a folded cuff of the fabric. This band serves well to keep the sleeve in place while running and is very comfortable. My only complaint is the presence of a tag. The length is ideal and gives my full lower leg wonderful squeezy hugs. If you happened to catch my previous calf sleeve review from a different company, you would know that I have horrible varicose veins and am now addicted to my calf sleeves. I wear them 24/7. My legs are huge fans of the Tommie Copper calf sleeves!

Ankle sleeves:

Since I run in minimal-style shoes, occasionally my arches and ankles will feel strained. The ankle sleeves are just what I need to reduce the throbbing and give support while recovery is taking place. It's almost as good as a foot massage. I found them to be super comfortable and they don't even bother me while wearing shoes (I thought that they might).

Please excuse my ugly feet.

As with the knee and calf sleeves, the ankle sleeves are topped with a wide elastic band promoting Tommie Copper in orange letters.

Sizing:
Small - 9.5"-11.5" (heel to top of foot circumference)
Medium - 11.5"-13"
Large - 13"-14.5"
Extra Large - 14.5"-16.5"

In addition to the knee, calf, and ankle sleeves, Tommie Copper also offers compression wear for the elbow, as a shirt, and as fingerless or full fingered gloves. They are also releasing compression shorts in the end of March and you can bet I'll be getting a pair of those!!! You can find more information on all the Tommie Copper products and order online here.





Sources:

Frequently Asked Questions. Web. 28 Oct. 2011. <http://www.tommiecopper.com/faq>

Gainey, Andrea. An Objective View at Copper Bracelets: Do They Really Work? 2001. Web. 2 Nov. 2011. <http://altmed.creighton.edu/copper/>

Medicinal Effects of Copper Braclets. Scienta Press. 2011. Web. 2 Nov. 2011. <http://www.scientiapress.com/findings/bracelets.htm>

1 comment:

  1. I was just reading this post... I have a zensah ankle sleeve, and I dont know that it really does much for me. I think I might just have to break down and try the TC one, to see if it works better. I get alot of swelling in my ankle where I had surgery. It gets really uncomfortable after running...

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