About two years ago, I started experiencing an issue with one of my knees. Having it in a bent position, any position for longer than five minutes would result in it seizing up, causing me to limp around a few minutes before I was able to regain full range of motion, without pain and go about my business.
Within the past six months, my knee took a dramatic turn and it was steadily and rapidly getting worse - to the point where I was barely able to put any weight on it after sitting for example, but I was still able to walk it out within a few minutes. I knew I had to do something or this ailment certainly wouldn't go away (as I had hoped) and was determined to get worse.
So, it was time for me to take action. First I implemented my chiropractor and then my acupuncturist and while their treatments did yield some relief, I was back to where I started three days later.
Tommie Copper compression sleeves. I had never thought of a compression sleeve to alleviate my pain and this one had "copper" woven into it.
For those of you who don't know, Montel Williams was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1998 and while the disease affects people differently, Montel experiences extreme pain on a daily basis. Montel claims to have experienced relief through the use of these compression sleeves.
So, I thought if Montel was having a positive experience, maybe this could work for me as well. I had nothing to lose other than the $24 bucks they charge for the knee sleeve. To fix a worsening ailment that I've struggled with daily for 2 years, $24 dollars didn't seem like a whole lot - I ordered!
I tend to push things to extremes, so as soon as my sleeve arrived; I began wearing it 24-7, even in my sleep! After seven days, I started to forget I had a knee issue... Then I got complacent and took the sleeve off, within three days, without warning, I launched myself out of my office chair after an hour of sitting and my knee nearly collapsed under my own body weight! Ok, back to the compression sleeve! Within seven days, I was back to a solid, reliable knee!
Lesson learned - I can't expect a few days of anything to repair two years of constant damage. I don't expect to be reliant on this sleeve for the rest of my life, but I definitely need to give my body proper time to heal itself and when it's ready, it will be ready.
The sleeve itself is made of black nylon; thin enough to breathe and not be hot, but thick enough not to run like a stocking. Aside from the elastic bands at the top and bottom of the sleeve, I barely notice that I have the sleeve on.
I can't tell if there is actual copper threading woven into the nylon. I don't even know if that's even what's fixing me knee, the bottom line is, I don't care - after two years of pain and uncertainty, my knee is better! I am no longer constantly obsessing over the state of my knee!
Tommie Copper has a whole slew of sleeves for whatever ails ya - elbow sleeves, ankle sleeves, calf sleeves, gloves, even a full shirt!
Aside from joint injuries, these sleeves were designed to help with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, arthritis, inflammation, muscle pain and swelling. They aid in increasing mobility and range of motion.
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