Top positive review
Effective device. Highly recommended.
28 May 2015
I have had Tennis elbow for a couple of months and it is no picnic. Seriously, bad times. When lifting a cup of tea and holding a pen is painful, it effects your sanity and makes you miserable.
I can recommend this product. It is very helpful. It is not a miracle cure. But it does offer some relief and helps you get back to a normal life. It helps take the pressure off the injured tendon by putting pressure across the muscles in your forearm. It should not be worn for long periods. It is for short periods of activity that you would usually find painful.
Like I said. It is good! But it doesn't work miracles. You can't just strap this on and hit the gym 100%, pumping iron like Schwarzenegger (Trust me!). You still have to be mindful of your injury. It can help you get active again though. For example, it can take the pressure off during gripping actions, such as gripping the handles on a cross-trainer or giving added support during a yoga class. However, this is really helpful in getting the injured arm/elbow moving again, improving the strength and range of motion and aiding recovery in the long term.
It is also good for day to day activities such as washing the dishes or hoovering up... If you have Tennis elbow then you know that these activities are no fun and can aggravate it. Similarly I can imagine it helps when driving (I don't drive but I can imagine gripping and turning a steering wheel is unpleasant).
It is a bit restricting, but some might say that this is the point of it. I guess it is supposed to restrict your movement a little to actually stop you doing any fast exaggerated motions. I guess what I am saying is that it isn't the most comfortable thing to wear. It is a bit bulky with it's big buckle, big pad and wide velcro strap. It is not very discreet. Are there smaller, more comfortable products out there? Maybe. I am not reviewing those because I bought this one.
Luckily it is easily adjustable. You will find that during exercise your muscles will swell up as they get pumped with blood... so as a result it can become very tight and painful during a session. So it is really helpful that you can adjust it so quickly and easily with one arm. If it gets too tight after half an hour and you get a bit of a 'dead arm', adjust it as necessary. Common sense really.
Being easy to adjust is both positive and negative. It is cool that it is velcro and you can easily put it on with one arm. The down side is that the whole thing is velcro and will eventually degrade and become useless. I have seen some user reviews that cite this as a criticism. Its a trade off really. It is easy to apply. But it won't last forever. For the money, do you expect it to last forever? Maybe there are more sturdy products that do the same job. But will they be as easy to apply? Six of one, half a dozen of the other.
Putting a couple of minor issues aside regarding perceived comfort and longevity. I can fully recommend this product to anyone with tennis elbow. Its does the job.