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Knee Braces and Supports Archives - BioSkin

Knee Braces and Supports

  • Quarterback Eli Manning Trains with Bio Skin

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    At the recent NFL Giant's training camp, two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Eli Manning showcased his new pair of Bio Skin Standard Knee Skins. When asked by reporters about the compression sleeves Manning jokingly replied, Continue reading

  • Preparing for the "Wild" Effect

    blog_story_image_wild-effectThe trail hiking boom is on the rise. With the popularity of the book written by Cheryl Strayed and her inspired movie “Wild,” starring Reese Witherspoon, more hikers are expected to partake in the beauty of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) this year. The PCT spans 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon, and Washington. Each year thousands of novice and expert hikers explore this wilderness and according to the Pacific Crest Trail Association this year those numbers are growing. Continue reading

  • Paleo Runner's Bio Skin Review

    blog_story_image_paleo-runnerMeet Michelle aka The Paleo Running Momma. Michelle is a mother of 3, marathoner, paleo enthusiast and blogger. She recently competed in the Philadelphia Marathon and gives us a recap on using the Standard Knee Skin during her recovery.

    Bio Skin Review — Standard Knee Skin

    Today I want to chat about 2 things – the tendonitis in my knee since the Philadelphia marathon and provide some information about how Continue reading

  • Water Skier Leona

    Name: LeonaLeona
    State/Country: USA
    Product(s): Q Lok Knee Brace
    Testimonial: I received my brace last week. It worked really well...and I had no pain at all while skiing!! The material is really nice and comfortable.

  • Pickleball Player Pat Murphy

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    State/Country: Arizona
    Product(s) Used: Hinged Knee Skin
    Testimonial: I have been wearing the Ultimate Hinged Knee Skin brace for about two weeks and really feel that it has helped with pain and the support is great.  I play almost every day and my pain level has been much less, both while I am playing and the time after.  I really like the material that it is made of, it's much lighter weight material than the thicker compression foam type.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Sponsored Athletes: Marc Miller & Justin Weilacher

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    Athletes: Marc Miller and Justin Weilacher
    Event: Flipper Memorial Disc Golf Tournament
    State: California
    Product: Ten-7
    Personal Blog: http://dbfreediscgolf.wordpress.com/

    What makes you inspirational?
    “At 45, and as an athlete and avid amateur disc golfer for the previous twenty years, my body has experienced its fair share of ailments. I first experienced knee problems at 18, and I underwent three separate knee surgeries before age 20. Later in my 20s and 30s, I struggled with cartilage problems and nearly intractable quadriceps tendonitis in both knees. Through it all I have persevered and have never been kept away from my sport for long.

    It is all too easy to crumble under the weight of multiple, early-onset degenerative conditions such as arthritis and chronic lower back problems. It is tempting to say, "Not anymore. It hurts too much and I just have to take it easy from now on." I have not succumbed to that yet, and I do not plan to put away my discs and stop playing tournaments with my friends anytime soon.” –Marc

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    "I'm trying to make disc golf and disc golf tournaments more professional in experience and in appearance. I hope to raise the level of respect that disc golf demands in the larger sporting world." -Justin

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  • Ready to Play Disc Golf?

    When’s the last time you played disc golf?

    snowbowl-09-07-2009-046For Justin Weilacher the answer would probably a few hours ago. Justin is an avid disc golfer who is highly involved in his disc golf community and looking for ways to inform and engage others about the sport. Playing a lot of disc golf can take a toll on the body with constant throwing, pivoting and hiking over uneven surfaces. Justin has had chronic knee issues over the past few years and gives us his take on how the Ten-7 brace has improved his game. You can read his full blog post at http://dbfreediscgolf.wordpress.com/

    “I was initially concerned about a knee brace that did not go on the knee. Disc golf involves lots of planting, pivoting, and driving off of my long injured knee and I didn’t know how the brace could support my knee while strapped to my thigh. I worried that it might slide down my leg; I’m not as thin or toned as their model is.
    Well, I don’t know how my cell phone works either yet I have plenty of confidence that it will work. I read the included pamphlet along with the online information about compression technology and I was ready to put it on.

    Initially, it looked odd with an inverted plastic dish (actuator) positioned on the inner quad. The straps are designed to press this dish into a specific place on the quad.
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    After a couple misfires, I got the brace on correctly and now it goes on and comes off much faster. I find that putting it on while standing works best. While seated, I sometimes don’t center the brace properly.

    My knee has always been a problem. I had surgery in high school to clean up the cartilage. I never really embraced physical therapy. I gradually lost more and more flexibility and strength. I hurt my knee multiple times on the course and went to see an orthopedist.

    The doctor suggested an MRI most likely followed by surgery. After many conversations with my wife and other long time knee-pain-sufferers, I decided to lose some weight and try and rehab the knee like I should have done over 2 decades ago.

    Disc GolfShortly after, I was lucky enough to get the BioSkin Ten-7 Knee Brace. The brace provided immediate relief. My knee felt stronger immediately. Twisting and planting on the leg bothers me less and less. The perpetual swelling has been reduced despite my activity level going up. I have shot under par every round of golf since starting to wear the brace.

    Most importantly is how strong my knee feels when I’m not wearing the brace. My confidence in the knee continues to rise. I have been able to use the elliptical at the gym for 40 minutes a session without needing to ice.

    I am seeing continued improvement in my backhand driving as I get more and more comfortable planting on my right leg again. I couldn’t be happier.

    Sliding towards my knee has not really been a problem. The one or two times it started to happen I just used a damp hand clothe to moisten the skin and, as advertised, the brace stayed put."

     

  • Sabra

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    State/Country: Oregon
    Product(s) Used: DP2 Wrist Brace

  • Sally's Brazilian Jiu Jitsu LCL Injury

    SallySally Arsenault is a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Titans MMA in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is also the founder of Titans’ Women’s BJJ program with hopes of introducing other women to the sport she loves. While performing a hip bump sweep, Sally sprained her LCL (lateral collateral ligament) causing her much pain and a disruption in her training. She discusses injury, training and recovery in her recent Breaking Muscle review:

    “When we worry about knee injuries from the hip bump sweep, usually it’s the person being swept who has to be careful. I don’t know where I went wrong, but I got injured as I did the sweep.

    I could feel my LCL pull the wrong way, but it wasn’t bad enough to keep me off the mats. A week later while I was trying to pass guard, I was lifted off of my feet and landed on that same leg awkwardly, which sealed the deal. I had to sit out for the rest of the class. A visit to the physiotherapist confirmed that I had sprained my LCL.

    Although I couldn’t roll, I went to class to practice technique and teach the women’s class at Titans Fitness Academy. My knee was so sore I couldn’t even sit in guard, so depending on the technique being taught, I was sometimes very limited as to what I could do. I started wearing a Bauerfeind brace for support, but since it’s not meant for LCL injuries, it wasn't effective in allowing me to resume training at full speed.

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    Fortunately, I receive my Hinged Knee Skin order from Bio Skin. Because I’m already a patient at Arthritis and Injury Care, I had a relationship with the bracing specialist there who helped me to choose the correct brace for my injury.

    Many of my teammates are much larger than I am and sometimes just moving their bodies around caused ligament strain. I was unable to work any type of de la Riva guard or use spider guard with the leg lasso. The Hinged Knee Skin gave me enough support to work these positions in comfort. My ligaments were fully supported and after about a month, I no longer had to wear the brace at all.”

    You can read Sally’s full review at Breaking Muscle.

  • Cycling, Knee Pain and the Ten-7

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    Andy Somerville of Anaheim Cycling Examiner gives the Ten-7 a 5 Star review.

    Andy is an avid cyclist living in Orange County, CA. As a mountain bike skills coach for LeeLikesBikes.com, Andy has a strong passion for cycling and plenty of experience with knee pain. You can view his full article and video at examiner.com.

    “Cyclists and other athletes bothered by knee pain may find relief in a unique new knee brace, the Ten-7 from Bio Skin.

    Cycling has long been billed as a knee-friendly activity. After knee injury or surgery, patients often pedal a stationary bike before be allowed to walk again. Pedaling a bike while seated is low impact, and the repetitive, linear motion of pedaling safely rebuilds joint mobility and stability.

    Yes, cycling is the Bees Knees. But babying a knee joint by limiting intense activity to cycling can deliver a sting later. Say your brother-in-law wants to toss the pigskin around, or you find yourself chasing your kid’s errant shots across the tennis court. A knee joint that’s pain-free during cycling can wake like a sleeping beast when subjected to unusual loads.

    I discovered this recently, when, after 15 years of post-knee-surgery bliss on the bike, I made some changes to my cycling and fitness routines and woke my bum knee out of hibernation. And boy was it grumpy!

    I first felt the beast stirring when I converted my mountain bike to 1 x 11 gearing. I love the resulting simplicity and lighter weight, but the easiest gear is now a lot less “easy” than it used to be. With the new setup, at times I’m pushing on the pedals with quite a bit more force, and I’m also pedaling while standing more often than before.

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    After the gearing change, I began feeling twinges of knee pain, usually after a mountain bike ride with lots of climbing. I ignored the pain or took ibuprofen. To add insult to injury, I also began working on some new bike skills requiring explosive power moves, both on the bike (wheelie drops) and in the gym (box jumps).

    The combination proved too much for my knee. I was taking ibuprofen almost daily and limping around work like an old sailor. So I started searching online for knee braces. I didn’t want the usual sweaty, clunky knee brace that’s uncomfortable while pedaling. Plus I wear protective knee pads for some of the more technical downhill rides, so a traditional brace was not going to work.

    One of my web searches turned up something unusual: the Bio Skin Ten-7 knee brace. It’s the only knee brace I’d ever heard of that doesn’t actually go on your knee – it goes above it, on your thigh. Like I said, unusual, and I was intrigued enough to order one. It helps that Bio Skin offers a money-back guarantee on the Ten-7 knee brace for skeptics like me.

    I took careful measurements at two locations on my thigh (see the instructions on the Bio Skin website) and ordered the size I need. The fit of the brace is crucial. As a result, Bio Skin offers four size options for the lower thigh measurement and four for the upper thigh reading. With sixteen potential size combinations, the folks at Bio Skin cut and sew each brace to order.

    The brace arrived a few days after I ordered it - I was surprised how light and minimal it looks and feels. I pulled it on and positioned it on my thigh as shown in the simple instructions, tightened the straps, stood up and started walking.

    Whoa!

    I can only describe the feeling as having a powerful spring in my step. It felt like my whole leg was instantly more powerful and stable. My first thought was “I need one of these for my good leg!” I think I could add 12 inches to my vertical jump with a Ten-7 brace on each leg. Talk about performance enhancing!

    As far as my bum knee, the brace is great. I’ve worn it during gym workouts and practicing power moves on the bike. I’ve also worn it for hours at a time while at work. I can feel the compressive action of the brace around my thigh, but otherwise it is so comfortable I don’t want to take it off.

    The pain I usually feel is a sharp spot on the meniscus on the inner side of my knee. The Ten-7 seems to redistribute the load so it isn’t all focused on that sore spot. Overall my knee feels much better and more stable.

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    Here’s how Bio Skin describes the technology behind the Ten-7 brace:

    'The Ten-7 applies high level compression around the muscles and other soft tissues in the thigh that are responsible for controlling and supporting the knee. EMG studies have shown that wearing the Ten-7 alters the firing patterns in the muscles of the legs, increasing the firing intensity of the glutes, while slightly decreasing the intensity in the quads and hamstrings.'

    Sounds nice and scientific. Whatever. It works for me. Will it work for you? Bio Skin is betting it will and offers a money back guarantee to back up their wager."

     

     

     

     

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