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Perhaps you’ve recently had a traumatic injury. Or you’re still recovering from a surgery. Either way, if your joint has been immobilized for a period of time, your range of motion may not quite be what it used to be due to damaged tissues.
Without proper rehabilitation, a lot of things in your life are going to be put on hold—including shooting that round of 85 on your favourite golf course.
But this doesn’t have to be the way the cookie crumbles. We wouldn’t want you to miss out on a perfectly good opportunity to blow your friends out of the water, now would we?
So if you’re tired of sucking it up, dealing with the pain and reining in your daily activities, here’s your permission slip to stop. There are so many orthopaedic devices out there that can get your range of motion back to what it was even faster than you’d think. You just need to find the right one for your situation.
Consider this on your hunt for an orthopaedic device that’ll help you regain your range of motion…
STATIC PROGRESSIVE VS DYNAMIC STRETCHING
Any of the products you’ll find on the market today utilize either static progressive stretch or creep based (dynamic) stretching.
What’s the difference?
Simply put, static progressive stretching gently stretches your tissues around the joint, and then as they relax, the stretch is intensified. Most static progressive stretch orthopaedic devices suggest a wearing time of 30 minutes, 3 times per day/per direction.
On the flip side, dynamic stretching means that the limb is stretched to the best total end range for an extended period of time. Your joint will be held in a continuous stretched position which is usually maintained by a spring loaded type of device. Because this therapy requires a prolonged stretching time, this type of splint is usually worn overnight while you’re in slumber land.
THE MACKIE BRACE
The Mackie Brace uses an innovative and adjustable hinge mounted on a rigid, non-contact frame. This design offers simple function, easy slip-on and rhino-strong construction.
The Mackie hinge mechanism is engineered to allow for smooth and countless positional settings. And because we all know there’s no truth to “one brace fits all”, the hinge adjustability allows you to control how much force is applied to achieve maximum results.
The Mackie Hinged Brace has the ability to be used in both flexion and extension. (Now we’re talkin’.) This can avoid the added expense of a second brace if you want to get some stretching action going on in both directions.
Your physician’s prescribed protocol will still give you room to play around with the settings, so you can adjust the intensity of the stretch you’re getting depending on your tolerances.
How you use the Mackie brace will depend on your specific situation. Some physicians may prefer to put you on a 30 minute, 3 times a day protocol, while others may prefer you to just wear the brace overnight. Either way, the Mackie brace can meet these requirements with gusto.
Mackie braces are available for wrist (flexion/extension), wrist (pronation/supination), elbow, knee and ankle.
For more info, have a look at the Mackie Brace line up or contact us for a free consultation if you’re interested in getting some expert advice on whether or not the Mackie brace is the best fit for your needs.