Neoprene is a type of synthetic rubber used to make a range of joint and muscles supports. It has excellent physical and chemical properties which make it great for use in supports and braces:
Flexibility and Elasticity
Neoprene is a highly flexible and elastic material. For example, this allows wrist supports made from neoprene to conform to the shape of the wrist, providing a snug and comfortable fit. The elasticity also allows for a better range of motion, therefore, promoting natural movement.
This is particularly good for chronic tendon injuries, where you may need to still use your wrist/elbow/knee, however with some joint restriction and extra support. Compression spreads the load over the joint taking stress away from painful areas.
Neoprene has excellent heat retention properties. It helps retain the natural heat generated by the body promoting blood circulation. As a result, increased blood flow circulates nutrients to injured body parts, aiding the healing process.
In particular, chronic tendon injuries respond well because tendons work much better when they are warm. Therefore reducing joint stiffness and pain. This is particularly useful for managing conditions like arthritis or strains.
Neoprene provides compression, which can help reduce swelling and inflammation in the wrist. Compression can also enhance proprioception, the body's awareness of its position in space, providing additional support and stability to the wrist.
Durable and Resilient
Neoprene is known for its durability and resistance to wear and tear. Supports and braces made from neoprene withstand regular use and maintain their structural integrity over time. Therefore, making them long-lasting and cost-effective. This is especially good for knee supports.
Neoprene is generally hypoallergenic. As a result, making it suitable for individuals with sensitive skin. It minimizes the risk of allergic reactions or skin irritations, which is crucial for prolonged use of wrist supports.
Easy to Clean
Neoprene is easy to clean, which is important for maintaining hygiene, especially in cases where the wrist support is worn regularly. Most neoprene products can be wiped down with a damp cloth or mild soap.