Neoprene supports are one of the most popular orthopaedic braces available online, but with the plethora of brands and types it’s common to read exaggerated promises and/or misleading claims. Here is a quick guide to help buyers understand how neoprene functions in general and if this type of support is suitable for specific medical needs:
- Neoprene Properties
- Suitable Medical Conditions
- Extra Features
As a synthetic rubber, neoprene is an inert material that is unlikely to cause dermatological allergies.
The high insulating properties of neoprene foam make it ideal for increasing blood circulation, which helps with managing chronic inflammation, promoting increased muscle oxygenation during exercise, or accelerating the natural healing process of injury recovery.
As a composite bonded to fabrics that have a high modulus of elasticity, e.g. elastane, neoprene supports can stretch comfortably in 4 directions around virtually any body contour.
Often referred by the trademark Airprene® or Orthoprene®, microperforated open-cel structures draw away perspiration. This enables a support to be worn for up to 3 hours and reduces potential skin irritation.
TIP: Neoprene supports can be worn all day IF you remove them periodically to allow the skin to ‘breathe’ for 30 minutes.
Suitable Medical Conditions
- Chronic inflammation
- Occupational/RSI recovery
- Stiff/aching joints
Protection Against Reinjury
- External muscle stabilisation
- Guided tracking (pad/stabilisers)
- Post-cast muscle atrophy recovery
- Joint instability (stabilisers)
Neoprene supports are not suitable for overnight wear, infected skin/unhealed lacerations, or with skin ointments/creams. If unsure, always consult your doctor/physician.