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Ever since I was a child tubular support bandages have been something I have known well. I was quite accident prone as a child, as were a few members of my family, and in between all the sprains and strains, we went through quite a few of these between us.
I have personally used many different brands of these tubular bandages, also known as tubigrips, and one of these many brands is Masterplast. I had heard the name of this company before as they also make regular plasters for cuts and grazes, so I was confident this product would be ok to use.
I was bought this by my partner when I had sprain my wrist (playing guitar hero!!!!!) as I sent him to the store to buy me one. This was the cheapest one in the store and so he bought me that one. It comes in a small box which has some quick instructions on how to use it.
Inside the box is the tubigrip, which is white/cream and is soft to touch. You should find a large amount of the tubigrip, which does look excessively long, but you do have to double over the tubigrip and you can easily cut them down to size should you need to. I did have to trim this one a little bit for the wrist, but you can buy them in different sizes depending on which body part you need it for, and also what size you are. This is all explained on the packaging so you know which one to buy before you get it home.
I found that this tubigrip supported and helped by wrist quite well, and this felt much better straight away from putting it on. I could feel the support and strength from this tubigrip, and I was happy with the way it felt. I ended up wearing it for about 5 days, and I found it did not lessen in its efficency at all during this time. It did get a bit messy during this time, with things like make-up, food, drinks etc, but this is something I have come to expect no matter where I am wearing a tubigrip or for how long.
My wrist did get quite warm and sweaty whilst I was wearing the tubigrip, as could well be expected, and it didn't exactly smell fresh when I took it off!! Luckily, these are machine washable, as well as hand washable, so I just popped it into the machine with the rest of my whites and then left it to dry on a radiator, as I was unsure whether it would be safe in a tumble dryer.
The washing machine did not cause any problems with the support and strength of the tubigrip, and it was as good as new once it had dried. This means it is even better value for money as I can easily reuse it, so it is placed in my kitchen medicine cabinet should the need ever arise for someone to use a tubigrip.
I have used many different brands of tubigrip over the years, and I have to say that they all seem to be one and the same. They are all the same colour, same thickness and seem to give the same support and healing aids. I have had some for sprains, strains and even after knee surgery and I could not tell you which one was which brand for most of them, as they all seemed to be exactly the same.
My advice when it comes to buying tubigrips is to buy which ever is the cheapest option, as they do all appear to be the same, and there is no point spending more money than you really need to. They all last the same amount of time, and they all do the same job.
If you do get the option to buy the Masterplast Tubular Support Bandage, then I would recommend it, but if there is a cheaper option, then go for that one. You can buy this product in some pharmacies, supermarkets and some local stores. Mine cost £2.49, which is an average price for tubigrips these days.
I give this a 5 out of 5, and I do recommend it.
My daughter managed to trip over a base playing in a rounders tournament and injure her ankle. She then carried on and played another 3 games (that's ma girl) and realised her knee was sore.
She then went onto dancing and then realised that she was in quite a lot of pain. So the next day we went to the sports shop for a support bandage mainly for her ankle but they were all too big. We were directed to Home Bargains here we picked up this tubular support bandage that would do for her knee. We paid a bargain price of 89 pence for it.
Tubular bandages tend to be lengths of closely weaven stretchy cotton used to support different limbs. This kind of bandage provides support for the soft tissue, it does not require pins or tape as it is as the name suggests tubular so it can slide over the injury.
The bandage came in a box and can be bought in different sizes depending on size and which part of the body it is going to be used on.
The size I bought was 'C' which is 25-35cm and suitable for a large wrist and elbow, a medium ankle and a small knee.
The bandage is about 45cm long and can be cut to size but it is recommended that you double the bandage over when using.
The box does suggest that you can make a small cut in it, if it is used for the wrist, so that the thumb can go through the hole and make it fit better.
My daughter used this in PE and dance for about 10 days to 2 weeks after the injury, she said it did help to support the knee and she found she was able to do all that was required without pain but she still felt a niggle.
My husband always uses this type of bandage on his knee when he plays football, I asked for a comment of him and he says they're great. (man of few words)
The bandages are 83% cotton, 9% elastodiene and 8% polyamide.
For 89p I am going to keep my eyes open for more as previously I have spent much more on these kind of bandages and for some reason my husbands one does need renewing now and again as for some reason they go big and baggy (losing their elastic)
Recently my partner had yet another football related injury coming home and complaining that his arm hurt and he thought he had broken in. Me in my wisdom decided that as he could wiggle his fingers his arm could not possibly be broke and sent him off to work the next day I popped to the shop and picked him up this bandage only to receive a call to say that he had had to go from work to A&E as the pain was getting worst and his arm was now in a cast whoops apparently the bone he had broke was is the one you need to pinch your thumb and finger together how was I to know lol.
Anyway that meant my bandage was of no use until I had a exercise related injury of my own in the form of a twisted ankle doing Zumba (its probably karma I know). Luckily for me the bandage was bought and ready to go when I needed it. The bandage itself is multi functional and can be used for a number of injuries and to offer support to your knee, wrists, elbows, thighs and ankles hurray for me.
The bandage itself is a big elasticised tube which is the length of my arm. The back of the packet gives instructions for how to use it for different parts of your body cutting it for wrists and ankles or folding over as appropriate. One thing I will say about this bandage is it is tight and you know you have it on in the case of my twisted ankle it was a good think and my ankle felt secure enough to walk on as soon as I had it on. I can not see how it would feel comfortable if I had it on my thigh though as it really is tight but for all other joints it is suppost to be used for I think it would offer as good as support as it has for me. The bandage is made of 83%cotton, 9% elastodiene and 8%polyamide so aslong as you have no allergies to these this bandage should be good for you. Prices for the bandage will vary depending on where you buy it from I picked mine up for £1 in Home Bargains they are a bit more expensive like everything else in pharmacist.
I have since washed my bandage and it is ready for its next emergency.
I give the bandage 5 stars.