Friday, July 20, 2018

Knee Brace Comparison

The Difference Between Common Types of Knee Braces

Sufferers of knee pain know: there's no substitute for the right product. The nature of your knee pain will determine which knee brace is right for you, whether the underlying issue is weakness, overuse or injury. There are several types of braces on the market, all of which function slightly differently. Read on to learn more about the most common knee brace options and how these are designed to alleviate your pain.

Compression Sleeves

Compression sleeves keep swelling at bay, and in conjunction with rest, ice and elevation, they’re an excellent solution during the first few days after an injury. These sleeves apply even compression with the help of Thermoskin's superior 4-way stretch fabric, which is designed to keep a proper fit without sacrificing ventilation.
The Thermoskin compression sleeve can be worn continuously, making it suitable for everyday activities that require a little extra support.
This brace is a great choice for people who have just sustained an injury and have been advised to apply compression, people with mild knee weakness who want to prevent injuries during increased physical activity, and those who suffer from moderate knee pain or weakness on a day-to-day basis.



Alignment Sleeves

This sleeve provides superior stabilisation that a regular compression sleeve just cannot offer. It was designed to reduce movement in order to diffuse the stress normally placed on your leg during everyday or increased movement. By stabilising the patella and the large muscles in the upper leg, this sleeve reduces the chance of injury or re-injury, and provides long-lasting pain relief for those who are taking part in a lengthy recovery.
Because it does not completely restrict movement, the  Cooper sleeve can be worn while running or jogging, during hiking or climbing and a variety of other exercises and everyday activities.
It promotes proper patella tracking where there is instability and provides relief for ACL injuries, jumper's knee, runner's knee and knee pain in growing adolescents also known as Osgood-Schlatter Disease.


Padded Braces

Padded sleeves provide the same compression as non-padded compression sleeves, but offer additional protection for the kneecap. If you experience pain or weakness in the knee, kneeling can be difficult and isn't recommended. Additional pressure on the knee can further the problem and lead to more serious injuries.
A knee sleeve such as the Thermoskin padded knee support will provide additional stability and allow the wearer to kneel comfortably on the job site or while completing projects at home. This brace is also ideal for volleyballers.
Thermoskin braces such as this feature a patented material that insulates to keep joints warm while allowing plenty of air circulation. The wicking capabilities of Thermoskin ensure that the brace can be worn comfortably for extended periods of time for continual support and firm, even compression.


Do I want a brace with a closed or open knee?

In your search for the right knee brace, you probably noticed that, unlike the sleeves above, some braces are designed to leave the patella region open. What is the difference?
Closed braces allow the patella to be free, so to speak. This is preferable if you're dealing with pain directly in this region, where any additional pressure could cause discomfort by rubbing or pushing against an underlying injury. In addition, many open patella braces are designed to provide additional stability or restrict range of motion.


Basic Open-Knee Braces

A simple open-knee brace is one that operates just like a sleeve but doesn’t apply any pressure to the
knee cap. A brace such as this is ideal for patellar dislocations, where the kneecap slips out of its normal position; runner's knee, a condition that usually presents with pain at the front of the knee cap; or pain from growth spurts.
A more advanced version of the open-knee sleeve focuses on correcting patellar tracking instability and pain or weakness from temporary patellar dislocation.



Single & Dual Pivot Braces

Pivot hinge braces provide even more support. The single pivot brace provides exceptional bracing to protect the knee. This is necessary when rehabilitating medial or lateral soft tissue injuries as well as ligament injuries including ACL, PCL and Medial Collateral injuries.
A single pivot brace such as this one utilizes a hinge that bends at one point, in order to prevent hyperextension. The patented technology material keeps the area warm to promote healing of soft tissue injuries.

Dual pivot hinges are capable at pivoting at two separate points, providing exceptional and functional mobility while delivering superior support. A brace such as this is suitable for almost all knee instability issues including weakness from medial and lateral injuries, as well as postoperative ligament of meniscus repair.
Because braces with hinges have straps, they are easy for the wearer to fit and adjust.



Range of Motion Braces

These braces offer stabilising support and severely limit the movements of the patella. They are ideal for athletes who commonly suffer from injuries or dislocations, or for anyone recovering from a knee surgery looking to limit movement.
The range of motion brace keeps the patella aligned during day-to-day movements and sports, encouraging normal patella tracking and gait, and limits use of the leg in order to encourage healing.
The range of motion hinge can be set to the required degree of movement quickly and easily. The Thermoskin range of motion brace can be set to zero, 15, 30 or 45 degrees.

Preventing Knee Injuries

8 Simple Habits for Preventing Knee Injuries

A proactive approach to knee health is always better than a knee injury interfering with your favorite activities. Whether you have injured your knee in the past or want to avoid knee injuries in the future, these tips will help you prevent knee injuries.


Why Is Preventing Knee Injuries Important?
If you’ve ever hurt your knee before, you know how much knee pain can disrupt your everyday life and stop you from enjoying your favorite activities. Depending on the cause, knee pain ranges in intensity from being mildly annoying to completely debilitating. Over time, damage to your knees can decrease your mobility, cause chronic pain and lower your overall quality of life. Fortunately, preventing a knee injury (or reinjury) is actually pretty easy.


1. Practice Mindfulness With Your Body

You can probably recall a time when your gym teacher saw a student struggling and urged him to “play through the pain” or “tough it out.” However, pain is a useful warning sign that something is not quite right with that part of your body.
When exercising, staying aware of your body is key for preventing injury. Paying attention to pain in your knees is particularly important if you have injured one or both knees from over-exertion before. If you are participating in a physical activity and experience stiffness, weakness or problems extending your knee fully, that pain or weakness could be your body signaling that it’s time to take a break.

Be patient with yourself and try not to feel guilty about temporarily slowing down your workout. Taking time to assess what is going on with your body during your workout may be the thing that’ll keep you from being benched for the rest of the season.


2. Adapt Your Exercises & Activities During Recovery

Recovering from a knee injury or starting to exercise again after sustaining a knee injury means that your knees can’t handle as much stress as they used to - and it’s important to know your limits. If your cardio activity of choice is running, swimming freestyle laps in the pool offers a workout that gets your blood pumping without taking a toll on your knees.
There are plenty of alternatives and adaptations available for specific workouts. We know that sometimes, that means giving up a favorite activity, but consider that it’s usually only temporary and you might actually discover a new favorite way of working out in the process.


3. Maintain Proper Form While Exercising

Challenging yourself in the gym is a great way to bring your fitness to the next level. However, increasing weight or doing more reps is only going to help you if you are exercising safely and properly. From squats and lunges to running and weightlifting, proper form is an essential part of preventing injury. Improper form can be the result of muscle fatigue from completing too many reps or inexperience .
If you like pushing yourself to your limits, we commend you. However, you should never sacrifice form for reps. Instead of focusing on speed as you approach total fatigue, focus on maintaining proper form. If you cannot maintain proper form, stop.

If you’re completely sure how to perform an exercise - perhaps you only know the gist of it, and maybe you even feel a twinge of pain as you do the exercise, there are plenty of resources out there to help you. Check out fitness websites and YouTube channels for free advice day or night. Additionally, working with a personal trainer or fitness coach to develop proper form can help you build strength as well as exercise without hurting your knees.


4. Wear A Supportive Knee Brace

It’s no secret that our feet and ankles need proper support for sports, but it’s easy to overlook supportive gear for the knees. If you have experienced a knee injury before, wearing a knee brace for high-impact exercise like running is a wise idea. Wearing a brace will help stabilize your knee so that it stays properly supported as you run and jump. Even if you aren’t engaging in high-impact cardio activities, wearing a knee brace in the gym will help you prevent injury by maintaining your form.


5. Work More Collagen Into Your Diet

When it comes to keeping your knees healthy, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Because our bodies are made of complex, interconnected systems, it’s important to know what our bodies need and be proactive in meeting those needs. Cartilage is a thick, rubber-like tissue in the knee that cushions the bones of joints. When knee cartilage wears down, it can lead to pain, swelling and inflammation. For proper function and optimal mobility in our knees, we need to consume foods that help us maintain (or restore) cartilage. The protein collagen is essential for preserving and regenerating cartilage. Foods rich in vitamin C, such as oranges and grapefruit, bolster collagen production. Mixing collagen powder into drinks or taking collagen supplements are also good options. Plus, collagen is known for its skin-rejuvenating properties, so getting more collagen will help you feel better inside and out.


6. Pay Attention to Your Nutrition

Proper nutrition is important for everyone, especially people who are physically active. Consuming plenty of protein, healthy fats and vegetables ensures that your body has the nutrients it needs for muscle growth, repair and recovery. Strong muscles support healthy joints, thus lowering your risk of injury. Plus, keeping a balanced diet promotes a healthy weight, which puts less strain on your joints.


7. Manage Your Weight With Diet & Moderate Exercise

The more weight your knees have to move, the harder they have to work each day. Maintaining (or getting down to) a healthy weight is one of the best things you can do for your overall joint health, especially for your knees. As much as possible, plan and prepare your meals in advance to stay on top of your nutrition. Using a tracking app or keeping a food journal will help you become more aware of the calories and nutrients that are in everything you eat. Building exercise into your daily routine, such as going for a walk after dinner, gets you into the habit of exercising.


8. Visit Your Doctor For A Check-Up

Still dealing with knee pain despite healthy lifestyle choices and proper exercise? The knee is a complex structure, so plenty of things can go wrong. Sometimes an undiagnosed problem with the bones, ligaments or tendons in your knee is at the root of your sudden knee pain or mobility issues. Making an appointment with your primary care physician may reveal that you have a problem with the bones or joints in your knees that needs medical attention, such as therapy or surgery in order to correct.

Everyday Relief from Foot Pain with Thermoskin Socks

Foot pain from tendonitis, plantar fasciitis or simple overuse injuries can be debilitating. When you experience pain with every step, even everyday activities can potentially be a complex chore. If you suffer from foot pain due to inflammation or overuse, there are treatments that can help you get back to your routine available.

One of these, referred to as R.I.C.E.ing - or resting, icing, compressing and elevating, is a proven system designed to provide immediate and long-term relief from pain due to overuse, injury and inflammation.



Rest


Giving your body an opportunity to recover on its own begins with rest. If you think you’ve sustained a simple foot injury from overuse, such as training for a marathon, allowing yourself time to rest should be step number one of your treatment plan.

If rest or any other at-home treatment don’t seem to be helping, or you feel worse after a few days, it’s time to see a doctor for a more in-depth look

Ice


Icing constricts your blood vessels, which in turn reduces pain as well as swelling in affected areas. Ice treatments are commonly associated with acute injuries such as strains or sprains, but cooling is also highly recommended for any pain from overuse and a range of other chronic conditions. Ice helps control inflammation, reduces muscle cramping and helps to control pain.

Compression


Compression provides support where needed, minimises any swelling that may accompany your pain and decreases comfort so you can still go about your daily routine.

Thermoskin Socks


Thermoskin compression socks provide everyday compression without the use of restrictive bandaging. They work by using breathable, graduated compression fibers that carefully apply pressure in precise areas in order to promote blood flow without sacrificing comfort. Thermoskin compression socks effectively utilize upward compression to support the foot while greatly reducing stress felt by feet and ankles. Unlike other compression socks that utilize indiscriminate overall pressure, Thermoskin compression socks apply compression precisely where your foot needs it most.

Compression socks by Thermoskin are available in three lengths: calf, mid-calf (or crew) and ankle. All lengths utilize the same science to apply support and stimulate blood flow. This helps to promote healing while minimising pain.



Thermoskin products use soft, breathable, moisture-wicking and antibacterial fabrics to prolong comfort and prevent odors. We encourage customers to look closely before purchasing cheaper imitations, which may claim similar benefits but are often made from inferior materials.

These socks provide all-day relief for wearers.

Recommended Products


Calf Compression Socks

This particular sock offers moderate and graduated compression all the way from the ankle to the top of the calf for full lower leg support. These compression socks are ideal for anyone needing relief from plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonities and various other foot and heel complaints.
The firm upward compression in the arch provides relief from pain and fatigue, and swelling is minimised throughout the lower leg, ankle and foot. These socks use silver microbial fibers to prevent odors and feature a footpad at the ball of the foot for extra comfort through proper cushioning.




Crew Compression Socks

Thermoskin crew socks stop mid-calf and are an excellent solution for wearers looking for support and pain relief from plantar fasciitis, general foot and heel pain, pain in the arches and heel spurs. Like all Thermoskin socks, these socks feature proper medical support through the use of high-quality compression materials that help to apply upward compression in all the right areas.







Ankle Compression Socks

Thermoskin Walk-On Plantar FXT Socks are an ideal everyday solution to the problem of common foot, heel and arch pain from plantar fasciitis, overuse or simple sports injuries. Additional cushioning at the ball of the foot provides comfort all day while standing, walking or engaging in other activities.












Like all Thermoskin products, the ankle compression socks are made with only high-quality and functional materials, including silver microbial fibers to prevent odors from occurring.



Thermoskin Walk-On compression socks provide support for the plantar fascia, foot arches and your achilles tendons. Anyone suffering from foot and heel complaints such as plantar fasciitis or heel spurs can benefit from the daily comfortable relief these socks provide.

Use Thermoskin Walk-On compression socks in combination with regular stretching and icing to maximise your benefits.


Preventing Knee Injuries

8 Simple Habits for Preventing Knee Injuries

A proactive approach to knee health is always better than a knee injury interfering with your favorite activities. Whether you have injured your knee in the past or want to avoid knee injuries in the future, these tips will help you prevent knee injuries.


Why Is Preventing Knee Injuries Important?
If you’ve ever hurt your knee before, you know how much knee pain can disrupt your everyday life and stop you from enjoying your favorite activities. Depending on the cause, knee pain ranges in intensity from being mildly annoying to completely debilitating. Over time, damage to your knees can decrease your mobility, cause chronic pain and lower your overall quality of life. Fortunately, preventing a knee injury (or reinjury) is actually pretty easy..


1. Practice Mindfulness With Your Body

You can probably recall a time when your gym teacher saw a student struggling and urged him to “play through the pain” or “tough it out.” However, pain is a useful warning sign that something is not quite right with that part of your body.
When exercising, staying aware of your body is key for preventing injury. Paying attention to pain in your knees is particularly important if you have injured one or both knees from over-exertion before. If you are participating in a physical activity and experience stiffness, weakness or problems extending your knee fully, that pain or weakness could be your body signaling that it’s time to take a break.

Be patient with yourself and try not to feel guilty about temporarily slowing down your workout. Taking time to assess what is going on with your body during your workout may be the thing that’ll keep you from being benched for the rest of the season.


2. Adapt Your Exercises & Activities During Recovery

Recovering from a knee injury or starting to exercise again after sustaining a knee injury means that your knees can’t handle as much stress as they used to - and it’s important to know your limits. If your cardio activity of choice is running, swimming freestyle laps in the pool offers a workout that gets your blood pumping without taking a toll on your knees.
There are plenty of alternatives and adaptations available for specific workouts. We know that sometimes, that means giving up a favorite activity, but consider that it’s usually only temporary and you might actually discover a new favorite way of working out in the process.


3. Maintain Proper Form While Exercising

Challenging yourself in the gym is a great way to bring your fitness to the next level. However, increasing weight or doing more reps is only going to help you if you are exercising safely and properly. From squats and lunges to running and weightlifting, proper form is an essential part of preventing injury. Improper form can be the result of muscle fatigue from completing too many reps or inexperience .
If you like pushing yourself to your limits, we commend you. However, you should never sacrifice form for reps. Instead of focusing on speed as you approach total fatigue, focus on maintaining proper form. If you cannot maintain proper form, stop.
If you’re completely sure how to perform an exercise - perhaps you only know the gist of it, and maybe you even feel a twinge of pain as you do the exercise, there are plenty of resources out there to help you. Check out fitness websites and YouTube channels for free advice day or night. Additionally, working with a personal trainer or fitness coach to develop proper form can help you build strength as well as exercise without hurting your knees.


4. Wear A Supportive Knee Brace

It’s no secret that our feet and ankles need proper support for sports, but it’s easy to overlook supportive gear for the knees. If you have experienced a knee injury before, wearing a knee brace for high-impact exercise like running is a wise idea. Wearing a brace will help stabilize your knee so that it stays properly supported as you run and jump. Even if you aren’t engaging in high-impact cardio activities, wearing a knee brace in the gym will help you prevent injury by maintaining your form.


5. Work More Collagen Into Your Diet

When it comes to keeping your knees healthy, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Because our bodies are made of complex, interconnected systems, it’s important to know what our bodies need and be proactive in meeting those needs. Cartilage is a thick, rubber-like tissue in the knee that cushions the bones of joints. When knee cartilage wears down, it can lead to pain, swelling and inflammation. For proper function and optimal mobility in our knees, we need to consume foods that help us maintain (or restore) cartilage. The protein collagen is essential for preserving and regenerating cartilage. Foods rich in vitamin C, such as oranges and grapefruit, bolster collagen production. Mixing collagen powder into drinks or taking collagen supplements are also good options. Plus, collagen is known for its skin-rejuvenating properties, so getting more collagen will help you feel better inside and out.


6. Pay Attention to Your Nutrition

Proper nutrition is important for everyone, especially people who are physically active. Consuming plenty of protein, healthy fats and vegetables ensures that your body has the nutrients it needs for muscle growth, repair and recovery. Strong muscles support healthy joints, thus lowering your risk of injury. Plus, keeping a balanced diet promotes a healthy weight, which puts less strain on your joints.


7. Manage Your Weight With Diet & Moderate Exercise

The more weight your knees have to move, the harder they have to work each day. Maintaining (or getting down to) a healthy weight is one of the best things you can do for your overall joint health, especially for your knees. As much as possible, plan and prepare your meals in advance to stay on top of your nutrition. Using a tracking app or keeping a food journal will help you become more aware of the calories and nutrients that are in everything you eat. Building exercise into your daily routine, such as going for a walk after dinner, gets you into the habit of exercising.


8. Visit Your Doctor For A Check-Up

Still dealing with knee pain despite healthy lifestyle choices and proper exercise? The knee is a complex structure, so plenty of things can go wrong. Sometimes an undiagnosed problem with the bones, ligaments or tendons in your knee is at the root of your sudden knee pain or mobility issues. Making an appointment with your primary care physician may reveal that you have a problem with the bones or joints in your knees that needs medical attention, such as therapy or surgery in order to correct.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Keeping pain under wraps



Manage muscle pain and injuries without resorting to codeine

Muscle and joint pain is always a tricky problem to treat. Whether you have a sports injury, arthritis, or Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), the pain and discomfort that occurs around the clock can be debilitating to your way of life.


What are the current treatments? 



One way doctors treat these conditions is with codeine-based medications. As an opioid, codeine can no doubt provide very effective pain relief, but it’s for the very same reason that it carries more than its share of risks. Side effects such as drowsiness and constipation are common, while other less common reactions can range from very irritating to life threatening. And that’s not even taking into account codeine’s potential for physical dependence.

In many cases, there’s a safer and less intrusive way to treat these conditions. One way that can prove effective is with the use of thermal support wraps. Thermoskin products are leaders in this field, with a range of wraps covering just about every muscle pain site imaginable.


Keeping your pain under wraps


It works like this: Thermoskin wraps are made with an insulative lining that uses the body’s natural body heat along with moisture wicking to keep the area oxygenated. This combines with firm but comfortable compression at the site to promote blood flow, reduce swelling, and supports muscles and joints in their range of movement.

While it can provide relief to sufferers of arthritis and other chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions, these thermal support wraps can shine with helping those with sports injuries get back in the game faster.


Recover the right way 


By providing muscle pain relief, supporting muscles and joints, and guiding your body to the best healing posture, athletes can find themselves running on the road to recovery. As a well-proven product for treating sports strain and injury, Thermoskin in particular has been endorsed by the Australian Physiotherapy Association and the Australian Institute of Sport for years.

Keep in mind that this is all in very strong contrast to codeine-based pain medications, which may block pain, but does little to assist recovery for sports related strain. Also hard to take into account for codeine is its lack of adaptability--doctors can only prescribe more or less, and that codeine hits the whole body. But human bodies are far too unique to fit into one scale.

This is especially true with athletes, who exhibit perhaps the widest range of body types as a group. You have super tall basketballers, built-of-bricks rugby players, small and flexible gymnasts or tough and wiry marathon runners.


Custom made to fit any body type 


Thermal support wraps like Thermoskin offer custom made wraps to suit individuals at the site of pain for more effective management. The service carries a minimal extra charge, but the opportunity for a tailor-made solution is undoubtedly unmissable for athletes eager to get back to 100%.

When it comes to muscle and joint pain management, there’s a lot of value in letting your body tackle the problem.