I woke up early one morning before a speaking gig a few weeks ago and I couldn’t get back to sleep. For once, I didn’t feel like reading or writing, nor did I want to get out of bed. So I turned on the TV. Well, there’s not much on in the wee hours. I came across Montel Williams talking about a Tommy Copper compression sleeve. I was intrigued, because the owner/inventor, Tom Kallish, created this product after a devastating waterskiing accident left him in chronic pain.
I had my ACL reconstructed last December and in the middle of the rehabilitation process, I developed a rubber-band string of pain over the knee. This pain only happened when going up and down the stairs or doing squats. In physical
torture therapy, the therapists felt it was a tracking issue and the solution was to tape my kneecap over to the side. This took pressure off the tendon/ligament and provided a little relief.
I needed another solution, and I couldn’t get the Tommie Copper thing out of my mind. After a few tweets, the company sent me a knee sleeve to try out. I also wanted to test it on the water as well.
After the first day, I didn’t notice much difference, but I welcomed the additional support that the sleeve gave me. By the second day, there was an improvement. I could go up the stairs without having to hang half of my weight on the banister. By the third day, I was sold. The compression sleeve was very comfortable to wear and I often forgot that I was wearing it. As the days went on, I noticed a marked improvement in the pain when going up and down the stairs.
Yesterday was a real test– I forgot to put the sleeve on and left the house. By the end of the night, my knee was aching after hitting the stairs. The sleeve is back on this morning.
A big thank you goes out to the Tommie Copper gang– thank you for a great product! It’s a product I’m definitely recommending to folks who are experiencing aches and pains.
And last week, during a filming for the documentary, I’m Fine, Thanks, I wore the Tommie Copper knee sleeve buried under a humongous brace. I crawled out on the boom for two barefoot runs for the camera– and no pain while bending the knee.
Now, if Tommie Copper comes out with a tie dye or water design, I’ll be stylin this summer!