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BioSkin - Page 8 - Performance, Preventative and Post-Injury Bracing


Take a look at the people, the stories and the reviews of how Bio Skin is helping others "Be Better."

  • Hillary

    Name: HillaryHillaryG300x300
    State/Country: Oregon
    Product(s) Used: TriLok Ankle Brace
    Testimonial: My parents purchased 2 knee braces and 2 TriLok ankle systems for me back in 2006 when I used them on the basketball court. My father was always adamant about supporting local businesses and having the best gear for his growing young daughter. I was 6'4" by 13 and already had unstable ankles and knees so bracing up for games and practices was my best option to prevent injury. I was pretty good and hurt much less wearing my Bio Skin braces.





  • Simple Tests for Skeletal Alignment

    Many athletic injuries and cases of chronic pain are associated with poor skeletal alignment. Your body’s natural positioning allows bones and joints to move in an efficient manner so that the muscles and ligaments can perform properly. Poor skeletal alignment places added stress in areas where the bones connect often causing pain in the back, hips, knees and ankles.

    Unfortunately, our bodies are not always perfectly aligned. This can cause unwanted injury and often chronic pain. Here are two simple ways to observe your skeletal alignment:

    1. Use a mirror to visualize posture and balance.
    2. Pay close attention to joint soreness during exercise.

    Mirror Test:
    Face a mirror, close your eyes, take a deep breath and relax, then open your eyes. Looking at your overall posture what do you see?

    Ask yourself: Are my shoulders even? Can I see the back of my hands? Do my hands hang at the same height? Do my knees or ankles buckle? Are my feet pointing slightly inward or outward?

    Assess your body’s natural positioning to see where distinct issues appear. This will help you pinpoint potential problem areas to discuss with your doctor.

    Pain Test:
    Next time you exercise, pay close attention to your joints—hips, knees, ankles, back, etc. What do you feel? Stiffness, throbbing, warmth or a limited range of motion? How often do you naturally grunt “ooh” or muffle out an “ugh” due to pain? Take note on where the pain is coming from whether it’s located in a muscle or possibly on a specific joint. Recurring pain may be caused by poor skeletal alignment or possibly from overcompensating to relieve the pain of an injury.

    It’s a good idea to keep a training journal for workouts and exercise routines. Jot down your workout (miles ran, weights lifted, laps swam, etc) and include if you felt great or had specific pain. This way you will always have a record of when the pain started and possibly if you need to change your workout routine. It is also important information for future doctor appointments.

    The mirror and pain tests are simple techniques to better understand your skeletal alignment and realize areas in need of improvement. Do some research and discuss with your doctor the best approach to improve skeletal alignment. Luckily, there are several non-invasive options to help improve skeletal alignment so you can continue to enjoy an active lifestyle.

    Bio Skin offers a variety of products designed to help manage the pain associated with skeletal alignment as well as joint and muscle injuries to help improve your physical activity and prevent chronic pain.

  • Tennis Elbow without the Racquet


    Did you know that only 5% of patients treated for tennis elbow were actually injured while playing tennis?

    Tennis elbow is a lot more common than you’d think and can be an occupational hazard or any job or activity involving repetitive gripping or twisting motions of the forearm muscles. Quite often gardeners, plumbers, dentists, mechanics and other professionals will experience this injury throughout the course of their career.

    If your elbow is tender, specifically on the outer side of the elbow joint, you may have tennis elbow. Other signs of tennis elbow may include elbow pain when performing simple acts like twisting a doorknob, using a screwdriver or gripping a toothbrush.

    Depending on your age, physical activity and severity of pain, you main need to seek a doctor’s advice on the best treatment. Often an elbow sleeve or forearm band is a helpful option to prevent pain and encourage a quicker recovery time.

    The function of a tennis elbow strap is to reduce tension on the extensor tendon. Similar to when a finger holds down a string on the neck of the guitar, it reduces tension on the string distal to the fret where your fingers are located. The article “Are Tennis Elbow Straps Effective?” provides a further explanation on how tennis elbow straps work.

    Bio Skin offers three incredibly comfortable options for tennis elbow—Standard Elbow Skin, Tennis Elbow Band or Tennis Elbow Skin. Constructed from Bio Skin’s patented thin, breathable, Ultima™ material, these premium supports provide extra compression and pain relief for your tennis elbow ailments.

  • The Plague of Plantar Fasciitis

    Foot stepping legs
    With famous athletes such as Eli Manning, Kobe Bryant, Albert Pujols and Olympic runner, Ryan Hall, all struggling with bouts of plantar fasciitis; there’s been a lot of discussion about this common foot problem in the media lately. But elite athletes aren’t the only ones dealing with this problem. In the U.S. alone, plantar fasciitis affects over 2 million people each year.

    So, what is plantar fasciitis?
    The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue on the bottom of the foot connecting the heel bone to the toes. Plantar fasciitis is pain and inflammation of this connective tissue generally caused by overuse. Pain is usually localized near the front of the heel area and while it’s often painful during the day, the most intense pain is generally felt first thing in the morning, upon arising from bed and standing up.

    The reason for the intense morning pain is that most people sleep with their toes pointed (plantar-flexed) which is the position in which your plantar fascia has the least tension. While you sleep, your body works on repairing the tissue you damaged during the previous day. When you stand up, you put your foot into dorsi-flexion which stretches the fascia and tears all the newly repaired tissue. This process of injury, healing and re-injury can lead to more severe problems later including bone spurs on the heel.

    Plaguing Professional Athletes
    Imagine having this stabbing pain in the bottoms of your feet from simply walking and then having to play at an elite level. From CSNChicgo.com, Chicago Bulls’ center/forward Joakim Noah sums up his take on this painful injury by saying,

    “It really sucks. Plantar fasciitis sucks. It feels like you have needles underneath your foot while you’re playing. That’s what it feels like, so you can imagine. You need to jump, you need to run, you need to do a lot of things while you’re playing basketball, so you don’t want needles underneath your foot, right?”

    How to Treat Plantar Fasciitis
    To treat plantar fasciitis, you’ll want something that can support your arch during the day (orthotics or a brace) and something to hold your foot in dorsi-flexion at night so that your plantar fascia will heal in an elongated position (a night splint).

    The TriLok Gives Comfortable Relief
    Bio Skin’s TriLok is well-known as a premium ankle stability brace among athletic trainers, elite athletes and weekend warriors, but many foot and ankle specialists have come to appreciate its ability to treat plantar fasciitis as well, because unlike other ankle braces, the TriLok can be used to support the medial (inner) arch and plantar fascia. Unlike orthotics, the TriLok will support your foot even when you’re not wearing your shoes. Plus, the TriLok can be worn as a lightweight night splint.

  • 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.”

    View Mike's Ten-7 story here:

  • Medical Study: Knee Brace Provides Pain Reduction for Osteoarthritis

    Osteoarthritis in the patellofemoral joint is the most common type of knee arthritis causing millions of people pain, stiffness and lack of mobility.

    A recent study presented at the April 2013 Osteoarthritis Research Society International (ORSI) meeting in Philadelphia shows results that patients can significantly benefit from simply wearing a lightweight patellofemoral knee brace.

    In the study, 126 patients with patellofemoral joint osteoarthritis were fitted with a Bio Skin Q Brace™ patellofemeral knee brace. After 12 weeks of use, there was significant improvement in VAS pain scores while walking downhill, using stairs, kneeling and squatting. Patients also reported that their knees felt supported and more stable. This improvement in stability gave them the confidence to move the knee in a more normal manner, while improving muscle strength and knee function.

    In the Science Daily article, Dr. Michael Callaghan of the University of Manchester England is quoted saying, “We've shown that something as simple as a lightweight knee brace can dramatically improve the symptoms and function for people with this particular type of knee osteoarthritis."

    OARSI 2013 – Presentation Info

  • R.I.C.E. Why is the "C" Important?

    Every single day, nearly 25,000 people sprain their ankle—Ouch!

    The article “How to Care for a Sprained Ankle” written for American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society describes how to cope with foot and ankle injuries. One of the most widely recognized treatments is R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation).

    And which step in R.I.C.E. is arguably the most important? You guessed it … Compression.

    If you want a quicker recovery it is important to reduce swelling using compression. While swelling can occur quite rapidly, getting rid of it can take some time as it’s removed through the lymph system. Providing adequate compression to the injured ankle allows for better circulation helping avoid extra fluid build-up and tissue damage. To best recover choose an ankle brace that provides adequate compression, stabilization and comfort.

    Using Bio Skin’s AFTR with Gel will help you to stay active as you rehabilitate your ankle. Not only can this brace easily be worn with a shoe, but it is extremely comfortable thanks to Bio Skin’s breathable and thin material.


  • 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.

    View Melissa's Ten-7 story here:

  • 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.

    View Jacob's Ten-7 story here:

  • TriLok Ankle Brace Speeds Recovery After an Ankle Sprain

    Jacob Hall was playing in the regional championship game of his church’s youth basketball league in Charlotte, North Carolina. The score was tied when Jacob went down with a sprained ankle. Not wanting to watch the 6'3" sophomore sit out during the final game, a parent offered the TriLok Ankle Brace her doctor had given her for her own sprained ankle. Although the brace was a little snug on his size 13 foot, Jacob played the rest of the game and his team won the game and the title.

    Now Jacob is sporting his own Bio Skin TriLok--size extra-large.

    Use a TriLok for the fastest recovery after an ankle sprain.

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