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Ten-7 Stories / Bio Skin Blog

Ten-7 Stories

  • 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

  • Debi Runs in Nashville

    blog_story_image_debi-runsBio Skin Sponsored Athlete Debi recently competed in the Nashville Women's Running Series Half Marathon.

    You can read Debi’s full race recap and experience on her blog at 14-in-2014.

    "When I found out I was going to be doing the Nashville Women’s Running Series Half Marathon, I was very excited… Continue reading

  • Sponsored Athlete: Debi L.

    Athlete: Debi L.754172-1057-0018s
    Event: Women's Running Magazine Half Marathon
    State: Florida
    Product: Ten-7
    Personal Blog: http://14-in-2014.com/
    What makes you inspirational?
    On 8/28/12 I was in a near-fatal car accident. Before that I was an active half marathoner. As a result of my injuries which consisted of an open book pelvic fracture, a crushed knee, the same knee was also fractured on the side, fractured sacrum, fractured tailbone, fractured nose, and fractured eye orbit. I was told I would never run again and that I might begin walking again in the spring of 2013. Despite that news, I walked a full 5K in February, and ran/walked a half marathon on 10/27/13. So far in 2014, I have completed NINE half marathons, with a goal of participating in 14 in 2014!! I'm also scheduled to do my first full marathon in January of 2015.

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  • Runner Noelle

    Name: Noelle3314902_orig
    State/Country: Washington
    Product(s) Used: Ten-7
    Testimonial: One of the things I was most worried about after hurting my knee, was an upcoming half marathon that I was already signed up for. After only a month of wearing my Ten-7, I was able to run a half marathon and at my goal pace!

     

     

     

     

     

  • 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."

     

     

     

  • Renee from Colorado

    Name: Renee20131217_155330
    State/Country: Colorado
    Product(s) Used: Ten-7
    Story: My Ten-7 braces, in my opinion, are as close to miracles as I could hope for. I am now able to run short distances on the treadmill. I can do leg extensions and leg curls, which are both exercises that without the Ten-7 brace I cannot do. I can kneel and squat with less pain. I've gained much needed strength in both legs since I've been wearing and exercising in my braces. I cannot express my gratitude enough to Bio Skin. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

     

     

     

     

  • Ten-7 Success Story: Renee from Colorado

    renee-m300x300Here’s a success story we recently received from customer Renee of Colorado after she used the Ten-7 for her knee pain

    “I cannot thank you enough. I have end stage Patella Femoral Osteoarthritis in both knees with the first of 2 partial knee replacements coming up sometime within the next 6 to 8 months. I got my first "test" Ten-7 in the mail this afternoon at 2 and after 4 hours the difference in my left knee is significant. I really cannot thank you enough - I'll be ordering another brace in the next few days for my other knee as well!”  - Renee from Colorado

  • Tennis Pro Mike Tammen – Portland, OR

    In the summer of 2012 Mike was introduced to the Ten-7. “The first time I put on the Ten-7 I thought there’s no way this is gonna make my knee feel better. And after I put the Ten-7 on and walked around my pain level went from about an 8 to a 3 … I felt unbelievable, it was a huge relief to be able to walk around without any extreme amount of pain. Within 5 weeks the pain level was for the most part gone.”

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  • Runner Melissa T. - Medford, OR

    Since using the Ten-7, my level of pain has been dramatically reduced and I'm able to function in a way that I've been unable to achieve for a very long time. I'm able to go shopping, walk my dog, clean my kitchen--things most people take for granted--I can now do without pain or discomfort. I'm rediscovering how my life was before my knee injury.

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  • Sports Enthusiast Jacob M. - Central Point, OR

    Wearing the Ten-7 has been the best thing I have ever done for my left knee. The swelling has gone down, the range of motion is now better than my right knee, and I’ve not had my usual pain. I love this device! It feels good to wear, has stopped my pain when I walk, and I haven’t woken up in pain since the first day I wore it.

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