Elastic Straps

There is a whole raft of elastic strap products for pain relief and joint support out there. Whether you are recovering from a sports injury or want to alleviate symptoms of arthritis or similar, there will be a device that is perfectly suited for your needs. Elastic straps help to protect the joints, which are vulnerable to strains, sprains, tears and breaks. Each type of strap is shaped to give maximum strength and comfort with adjustable parts to ensure a close fit. Look for breathable, lightweight fabrics for comfort and don’t be afraid to try multiple shapes, sizes and brands until you find what works best for you.

Wrist straps are used after an injury or for conditions such as arthritis, carpal tunnel and strains and sprains. They hold the wrist and arm steady to avoid further damage from impacts and sudden movements. The supports can either go around the wrist only or take in the rest of the hand, looping round the fingers for additional strength and support. Make sure you choose a wrist strap that fits the injured ‘side’ of your body – left or right.

Elbow and knee straps work in the same way as wrist straps, but are obviously designed for elbows and knees. Sports injuries to both of these body areas are extremely common and can taker a while to heal without the right support. A physiotherapist or sports coach can advise on the right type of elastic strap to get, as well as provide rehabilitative exercises to help speed up your recovery rate. Elbow and knee straps are designed to restrict movement to aid recovery, so take care when wearing them that you do not cause further damage by trying to accomplish

daily tasks without due care and attention. Do not return to sports training or activities until you are signed off by a medical professional as fit and injury-free.

Finally, ankle straps assist in the healing of a sprained or strained ankle. They can also support people suffering from weakened ankles or lower legs to walk and stand without pain or discomfort. Again, ankle supports are designed differently for the right and left leg, so choose the correct one for your needs. You may benefit from wearing elastic straps on both ankles, especially with conditions such as arthritis. A physiotherapist can help ease discomfort by providing suitable exercises and therapies such as sports massage.

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