Support Your Body

Even the healthiest bodies need support to maintain muscular and skeletal health. Orthopedic supports such as braces and kinesiology tape help prevent injury and protect your body while it heals if you’ve already been injured. Stay active as you age with the right support for your body.

What to Know Before Choosing an Orthopedic Brace

If you think you’ve been injured, see a doctor or other healthcare professional before using a brace or other supports. Your doctor may want to see x-rays or other imaging or conduct other tests to be sure there’s nothing else going on. Using those results, your doctor will make recommendations for your care, which may include using a brace.

 

Braces can also be used to prevent injury. Before choosing an orthopedic brace, there are some things to consider. Besides knowing which joint or joints you want to protect, it’s also important to think about the material and how the brace attaches. Look for materials that breathe and are easy to clean. Also look for braces that are easy to put on and remove without help. Comfort is another concern. Look for soft materials and padding where applicable.

 

Consider when the brace will be worn. Some are used at night and others only during the day. If you’re going to wear the brace overnight, consider options such as memory foam or gel to increase comfort. If you’ll be wearing the brace during exercise or rehab activities, look for materials that wick sweat and breathe well.

 

Some braces are meant to stabilize while others are designed to prevent movement. Be sure you find the brace that matches your purpose. If you’re not sure, consult with a medical professional. The wrong brace can do just as much harm as the right brace does good.

What to Know About Kinesiology Tape

Kinesiology tape provides gentle stability and support to muscles throughout the body. When placed near joints, it also supports tendons and ligaments. Kinesiology tape is less support than using a brace, but can be ideal for preventing injuries. You can purchase kinesiology tape in rolls and apply it in strips of any length you choose to any muscle areas. It can also be purchased in precut, specially shaped strips to fit properly on shoulders, neck, knees, ankles, wrists, or elbows. For people on sports teams, kinesiology tape comes in a variety of colors so you may be able to match your sports uniform. It can also be fun to show off your style using the different colors.

 

Another aspect of kinesiology tape is strengthening. Strengthening tape supports muscles and joints without restriction just like kinesiology tape with the added benefit of Ion Health Technology. Studies indicate the ions can increase energy and help you feel better during and after exercise.

 

As with any medical treatment, speak with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about using kinesiology tape or strengthening tape.

 

In any active lifestyle there’s risk of injury. Braces and kinesiology tape can help prevent injury. They also support your body while it heals after an injury.

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