Awhile back I was asked to review some Tommie Copper compression gear. This unfortunately hit at a time where well I was sent on the injured reserved list. Ha Ha No. I figured out a way to try some of the products and that was to enlist the husband in trying at least the calf sleeves, while I tried the ankle sleeve and the women's compression shirt.
First up the ankle sleeves:
" Awesome. I never felt like I was wearing compression gear and my calves were feeling better by the end of the day of a long run. I also wore them to work the next day and nobody knew the difference since they are so thin."
Now I choose the ankle sleeve and compression shirt for myself because I knew after the RnR Chicago Half Marathon I was going to be hurting.
My husband found my ankle sleeve after a trail run recently and loved them. He kept asking me where the other part of the set was because I was only using the left one for the demon left foot. I honestly couldn't remember what I did with it but we eventually found it and he was happy as can be. He said if we hadn't found it he would have ordered another set for himself. * Kinda sad that we both can wear the same size ankle sleeve, no?
What I wore to bed that night of the RnR Chicago Half was the compression t shirt. I don't have a pic of me wearing the shirt because I look really boob`a`licious in it. It's very form fitting. But not so much were I felt I was suffocating or uncomfortable all night. I was able to sleep well with it. During the RnR Chicago Half towards the end of "my" race I started to have some back pain that crept back into my life. I had not had any reoccurring pain since before I threw out my back in late 2009. I dreaded the feel of my back at the end of the half that day. I thought I was going to being to do that dark place again. I was dreading waking up because I thought I was going to be stiff. Instead I woke up feeling really good! The pain I normally experience between my shoulders blades had subsided and I felt no lower back pain.
From Tommie Copper's website about the healing effects of copper:
"Copper has been used in medicine for thousands of years, one of the world's oldest medical texts, the Ebers Papyrus states, "Treat inflammation with pulverized copper". Copper also stimulates the immune system to fight infections, to repair injured tissues, and to promote healing. Copper has been shown to neutralize "free-radicals" which can cause severe damage to cells. Symptoms of copper deficiency include osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis."
I think this is a really good product to wear after some long run's where you a little bit achey. These are things you can wear under normal clothes and not produce extra bulk. Do I think they have a true compression feel that most "compression" socks or sleeves have? No. These were not uncomfortable at all. But they have something others don't have and that is the copper. IMO, you have to try it to see if the copper will make a difference in your opinion on healing.
A few of the things I noticed is that the products were very well made. They can be regularly washed but you can not use a dryer sheet with them because it takes away some of the affects of the copper. Which when stuff was just thrown together in the dryer I had to remember that promptly. The company also has super duper fast delivery! I was very surprised. I practically had them within 48 hours of telling my contact Jordan what we would try out. Which is really good IMO. The price for the products was reasonable compared to other compression sleeves, gear.
So the next time you are at an expo or a running store and you see some Tommie Copper gear on display I highly suggest checking them out if you are looking for a healing product that would not cut off the circulation to legs or feet and has a bit of a healing effect to them. The Tommie Copper brand would be right up your alley!