A Guide to Neoprene Supports

A Guide to Neoprene Supports

November 20, 2019

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
  • Caution

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Neoprene Properties

Skin-Friendly

As a synthetic rubber, neoprene is an inert material that is unlikely to cause dermatological allergies. Always check that the product is 100% latex-free and conforms to ISO 14385 & ISO 9001 standards.

Insulating

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.

Comfortable

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.

Breathable

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.
A Guide to Neoprene Supports

Suitable Medical Conditions

  • Chronic inflammation

  • Occupational/RSI recovery

  • Tendonitis

  • Bursitis

  • Sprains/Strains

  • Stiff/aching joints

 

Protection Against Reinjury

  • External muscle stabilisation

  • Guided tracking (pad/stabilisers)

Enhanced Rehabilitation

  • Post-cast muscle atrophy recovery

  • Joint instability (stabilisers)

Extra Features

Adjustable Compression

Basic neoprene supports are pull-on sleeves that come in a specific size with a fixed degree of support. Universal size wrap-around designs offer a more customised fit, variable compression, and should feature high-grip fasteners to maintain proper alignment during movement.

Stabilisers

For weakened joints, spring stabilisers can provide support during flexion (bending). These can be either embedded or removeable, depending on the model.

Padding

Simple foam padding around the joint helps with tracking or sensitive cartilage. Advanced ergonomic silicone-gel inserts provide premium comfort and vibration dampening.

Finish

Complete hemming costs more initially, but long term it ensures durability and the material won’t easily tear or split.

A Guide to Neoprene Supports

Caution

Neoprene supports are not suitable for overnight wear, infected skin/unhealed lacerations, or with skin ointments/creams. If unsure, always consult your doctor/physician.