Review of Tommie Copper Fingerless Compression Gloves
I must start off by admitting that I have a bad habit of sleeping with the television on all night. For some reason I seem to think I sleep better than if I hear other people or the cats around the house. Most of the time, I lay in bed with the intention of watching something on the television and then just fall asleep. This leads me wide open to be brainwashed in the early hours of the morning by the latest and greatest products that infomercials tend to bring us. A lot of them seem to be great products and we all know that if it looks too good to be true, it probably isn’t, right? Most of the time I manage to get it out of my head that I need to purchase that new tool that will simplify my life and I just move on but I’ll admit to ordering a few. Then one morning I find myself listening to Montel Williams speaking about a product called Tommie Copper and he really grabbed my attention.
I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis(RA) when I was around 23 years old and more recently told I could be forming carpal tunnel syndrome. I consider myself to be very lucky that at the age of 41 I am still able to do everything just like most other normal people can, except that it can come with a price. That price is often fatigue, inflammation and pain in the joints, especially in my wrist, fingers, and ankles. Over the years I have tried many types of braces that came from occupational therapist, rheumatologist, and a lot of stuff I just found at the local health store. Most of them were made to restrict the usage of the hand and wrist making them very uncomfortable, therefore not being used as often as they should be. My doctor kept insisting that I get a brace to sleep in since I kept complaining of being woken up with painful, numb, or tingling feelings that were very uncomfortable to sleep.
So on the advice of my doctor, I recently purchased a Futuro Night Wrist Sleep Support brace that was made for sleeping in. This brace felt comfortable for a while but it restricted all use of my hand so if I managed to keep it on for any length of time my fingers would stiffen up and I would wind up going back to my Futuro Energizing Support glove. This glove was made of Nylon, Spandex, and Polyester and had a Velcro strap around the wrist. Unfortunately the glove did not extend the support to my fingers but it seemed to bring me a little relief. About as much relief as I often felt from a snug pair of gloves. The problem with gloves is they often get in the way of doing things when your fingers are covered, so you wind up removing them. I can’t even use my iPhone with a pair of gloves on!
Tommie Copper Technology
Tommie Copper produces the products with what they call Therapeutic Copper Compression (TCC). They describe that TCC works by the combination of a patented 56% copper-infused nylon yarn with their own multi-directional compression technology that is designed to be worn comfortably 24 hours a day. The use of copper seems to be a controversial one as to its healing powers or health benefits and there is plenty written on the subject so I am going to stay away from it for now. The description of the gloves adds:
Tommie Copper's comfortable fingerless compression gloves help relieve arthritis and other chronic joint and muscular pain.
- Reduces swelling in the wrist, hand and fingers
- No velcro, bulky straps or heavy metal pieces
- Highly wickable fabric keeps skin dry
- Gentle effective compression allows for 24 hour use, even while asleep
- Use touch phones, tie shoes and sew with ease due to thin fabric and silicone grips
- Machine washable. Do not use bleach. Line dry.
- Sold as a pair
- Available in both Full Finger and Fingerless compression styles.
- Comfortable all day pain relief
- Sufferers of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Anyone with pain caused by arthritis and other debilitating joint ailments
- Increasing range of motion in hands and fingers
- A great night's sleep
My Experience with Tommie Copper
So at this point I am convinced that I want to give a pair of Tommie Copper Fingerless Compression Gloves a try for myself. The cost of the gloves is $29.50 plus $7.50 for handling. I also choose to take advantage of the expedited shipping so I receive my gloves faster. I figured a few days extra sleep would be worth it. I received my shipping notice the same day and waited anxiously for the pair to arrive but after a week I was concerned since my tracking number was not reporting any progress. I needed to contact Tommie Copper support to inform them and they quickly decided to reship me a package since I should have received it already. A few days later I was happy to find out they just left the post office and were out for delivery.
As I expected, they were not packaged in anything special except a plastic bag and the package included a few brochures with order forms for additional products and friend referrals. The minute I brought them through my door I quickly put them on my hands. As I mentioned earlier, I have worn a lot of braces for support but these are so much more superior in comfort. My fingers really seem to feel good with the additional compression around them compared to my old Futuro. The compression seems to ease a lot stress off the hands and just gives them an over better feeling the minute they are put on. Well, they are not coming off for the night!
So now I have been officially wearing my fingerless gloves for over 24 hours straight. I have only taken them off for the purpose of cleaning myself. They have such a light, soothing feel to them, like an extra layer of skin that I have found not to be in my way once all day. I also seemed to have slept pretty good last night without much noticeable uncomfortable pain. My hands have had a very relaxed feeling all day and I have not done much of my stretching of my fingers and wrist that I often feel necessary to relieve a little pain. So far so good!
I was able to take the gloves out for a ride in the car. Wearing gloves always seems to help with my grip and since the Tommie Coppers have a grip on the palm I wanted to try it. At first I thought it was sticking to the steering wheel but I seemed to be able to adjust to the feeling. The big benefit I like here is the fingerless feature so I can use all the controls on the radio since I need to frequently change the station. It's a guy thing!
Overnight use of the gloves seems to have some benefit. After being able to sleep in them for a few nights in a row, I definitely think that I have had a reduction of pain at night. Last night seemed to be the worst one so far for pain but I was able to get back to sleep easier. So I can't claim I'm cured, I'm sure I have seen a benefit from sleeping in the gloves. They have been very comfortable to wear all night, even with the hot and humid weather we have had in the northeast this week.
Check back in the future and we'll see how they work long term. In the meantime, if anyone has any experience with Tommie Copper please post your comments below.
I have a couple of things I would like to update you about. The first is I have continually been able to wear them to bed every night since they are so comfortable. I also have washed them a few times and they seem to renew themselves and feel nice and snug again after wearing them a few nights. I have not experienced the amount of pain to the point that I cannot sleep since I began wearing them. They have been a great relief! Next I need to get a set for my ankles. A full body wrap may be a good idea too Tommie Copper!
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I thought it had to be time for a new update. First things first, I have been sleeping much better when wearing the gloves throughout the night. The times I have forgot to wear them, I had a noticeable return of pain and discomfort.
The next thing I wanted to point out is the durability of the gloves. My first assumption that the gripping material on the palms would be pealing off by now but they are holding up great. After some time, the material seems to stretch out and have a looser fit but a quick trip through the washing machine does wonders to snap them back. Having a second pair has allowed me to still use one set while the other is hanging out to dry.
Oh! This pretty lady said I looked "badass" when I wore them outside. This is not really what I was going for but I'll take it ;). Hopefully they will soon ship these in some other color options so they don't stand out so much if I wear them outside.
I think I'm going to order a pair of the ankle compression sleeves next. The RA always gets my hands and ankles the most.
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