I recently had the opportunity to try out some Tommie Copper compression products. They let me choose what to try and I opted for the calf sleeves and the ankle sleeves, based mainly on the injuries I was recovering from at the time.
Tommie Copper products provide not only compression, but they also contain copper infused yarn. According to their website:
Copper is necessary for the growth, development, and maintenance of bone, connective tissue, brain, heart, and many other body organs. It is involved in the formation of red blood cells, the absorption and utilization of iron, and the synthesis and release of life-sustaining proteins and enzymes. These enzymes in turn produce cellular energy and regulate nerve transmission, blood clotting, and oxygen transport.
Copper stimulates the immune system to fight infections, repair injured tissues, and promote healing. Copper also helps to neutralize “free-radicals” which can cause severe damage to cells. Symptoms of copper deficiency include osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
I’ll admit that I wasn’t overly concerned one way or the other about the copper content, but I really wanted to try the compression. It took me forever to remember to wear them, but as soon as I did, my calf stopped getting worse every time I ran. I was also seeing a chiropractor, but I could definitely feel the difference between runs where I wore the sleeve and kept it on after and ones where I didn’t.
All in all, I’d call the calf sleeve a success. The ankle sleeve, not so much. I’ll admit that I didn’t give it much of a chance because I couldn’t stand the way it felt on my foot. It didn’t hurt, but I could tell it was there and I just.couldn’t.deal. This is not their fault, I just apparently have sensory issues with things like that. Who knew? All in all, I do like the Tommie Copper products and would definitely buy the calf sleeves.
Thankfully, we quickly found a new use for the ankle sleeves: ninja gloves!
Just a note for my new readers who commented on the Vibrams yesterday. I’ve been transitioning to minimalist/barefoot running for about a year and I’ve worn those shoes quite a few times. I would never have run 3.7 miles in them the first time I wore them. If you decide to try them, please take your transition slowly.
Disclaimer: Tommie Copper gave me the sleeves to try out. I received no other compensation. All opinions are my own.