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Tubigrip Support Bandage
Boots Tubigrip Support Bandage
Member Name: k2705
Boots Tubigrip Support Bandage
Advantages: Gives support to most joints
Disadvantages: None for me
Packaging & Appearance
Tubigrip is a very basic but a very effect form of bandage and comes in equally simple packaging, Tubigrip comes in a variety of box styles depending on the size you buy but they are all similar in design. I got mine from Boots. It costs roughly £3 to £4.00. The front of the box usually has a picture or pictures of various types of joints (knees, wrists, elbows) wearing the Tubigrip bandage. One the back of the box are details of the Tubigrip size and how to wear it, I cannot remember the exact details on the back of the box as this has long been dispensed with. The Tubigrip itself is white in colour, it is basically a long length of bandage which is covered with threads of elastic within the fabric, that is basically it for the appearance of the bandage itself. The lengths of Tubigrip you can buy varies and simply needs to be cut to the right length.
How Tubigrip Works
As mentioned you simply cut a piece of Tubigrip from the length of bandage, the length will depend on how bigger area you wish to cover, also the amount of layers you wish to wear, for example you may wish to double it up for extra support. Tubigrip is a support bandage which is designed for sprains, strains and weak joints, it is made from a soft material which is very comfortable to wear, the elastic threads provide the support needed and holds the bandage in place without the use of pins or tapes. The fabric it is made from is very thin which allows adequate support but allows you complete freedom of movement making it ideal to wear during sports or exercise. With the bandage being made of a thin soft fabric and elastic threads it comfortably hugs the body which is perfect when wearing it over joints, it also applies even pressure over the injured joint increasing support nad helping to strengthen the joint and reduce the pain.
Benefits of Tubigrip
Provides effective and comfortable tissue support
Easy to apply and reapply
Comes in one long length of material which can be cut to the correct size needed
Comes in a full range of sizes suitable for different size joints
Washable and reusable
No need for pins and tapes to hold the bandage in place
Evenly distribute pressure over the injured joint for full and effective support
Made from a thin fabric to give you full movement in the joint whilst supporting it.
As mentioned Tubigrip comes in a variety of sizes, the combination of differnet sizes and the elastic threads which cover the entire bandage make it suitable for virtually all joint sizes. The sizes are each given a letter to determine the size joint they will fit.
SIZE A - Will fit joints 13 - 16cm in circumference, this is more suited to people with small wrists or even children.
SIZE B - Fits joints which are 16 - 20cm in circumference, this is suitable for medium wrists or elbows
SIZE C - Fits joint which are 20 - 24cm in circumference and are suited to large wrists, medium elbows or small to medium ankles
SIZE D - Is basically the same as size C (not sure the point of this one)
SIZE E - Fits joints 24 - 28cm in circumference, this is suitable for large elbows, medium to large ankles and medium knees
SIZE F - Fits joints 28 - 36cm in circumference, it will fit medium to large knees and small thighs
SIZE G - Fits joints which are 36 - 46cm and will fit medium thighs or extra large knees
As you can see from the variety of sizes Tubigrip really will fit almost any size joint, whist the guide does recommend what joint each size is suitable for this is not a strict rule and you can wear each size in which ever area you like
Tubigrip can be bought from a variety of places including Superdrug, Boots and even some larger supermarkets. Again the price depends on the size of the bandage you wish to buy, but they typically range between £1.50 tp £3.00, obviously with the larger bandages being more expensive. I think that Tubigrip is very reasonably prices especially as you can get more than one bandage out of a length of Tubigrip, it is also washable, reusable and long lasting. one piece of tubigrip can be used many times, eventually the elastic will go after excessive use but at such a cheap price it is easily replaceable.
Does it Work?
Im my experience Tubigrip really does work, it worked extremely well when I was skiing at supporting my wrists, the pressure of skiing made my wrists extremely painful but with the Tubigrip they felt supported, but it also meant that the bandages gave me full movement in my wrists at the same time allowing me to fully participate in the ski school. I have since used Tubigrip for other joint sprains and strains and again it has worked very well at supporting the injured joint and reducing the pain. I would definitely recommend Tubigrip, whilst it is not suitable for major joint injuries it works very well for the minor joint sprains and strains, it is cheap to buy, long lasting and will support an injured joint whilst giving it full movement making it ideal for sports and everyday living.
Summary: A basic support bandage
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