About Copper Therapy
Copper Therapy is a heated adjustable compression knee wrap that’s claimed to combine the power of heat and compression with 88% copper fiber-embedded nylon to help relieve pain.
In order to accomplish this, Copper Therapy is claimed to deliver 110° therapeutic heat deep into your joints, tendons, and muscles using an included battery-operated heating device, which is conducted and evenly dispersed through the wrap’s copper-embedded fibers. In addition, Copper Therapy’s gentle compression is claimed to increase circulation, reduce muscle stiffness, and relieve muscle spasms and tension.
Copper Therapy is claimed to be made of lightweight and adjustable neoprene and nylon, and to be slim enough to wear under clothes. Also, Copper Therapy is claimed to work for men and women on either knee, and its one-size-fits-all design to work for knees of any size or shape.
However long you’ve been dealing with your knee pain, you know it can severely impact your mobility and your quality of life. But let’s take a look at whether or not you can expect Copper Therapy to provide relief.
What Benefits Does the Copper in Copper Therapy Provide?
According to the Copper Therapy FAQ: “The copper in Copper Therapy plays a conductive role by helping to distribute heat throughout the wrap to surround the knee with soothing warmth. In addition, many people believe in the healing properties of copper as it relates to osteoarthritis however the research is inconclusive.”
In other words, the copper in Copper Therapy only works to conduct heat and to evenly distribute this heat over the area of your leg covered by the wrap. Other than this, as we detailed in our Copperwear article, there is insufficient evidence showing that copper applied to the skin can provide any kind of additional benefits.
As such, if you’ve tried other heated knee braces in the past with limited success, you’ll probably experience much of the same with Copper Therapy.
What Benefits Does the Compression in Copper Therapy Provide?
Compression garments have been used in the medical industry for decades, as they has been shown to increase circulation, thereby reducing inflammation. Even consumer-grade compression wear has been shown to potentially reduce the buildup of lactic acid in athletes.
However, as we outlined in The Science of Compression Wear, these types of products will not improve athletic performance (or any kind of performance for that matter), outside of possible inflammation reduction, and consequently, mild pain relief. Because of this, it’s important to keep your expectations in line when it comes to benefits provided by Copper Therapy.
Does Heat Provided by Copper Therapy Provide Pain Relief?
In short, this almost wholly depends on what’s causing your knee pain.
According to MedicineNet, the stiffness, pain, and tenderness caused by injuries is a result of “disrupted fibers of the affected muscle, tendon, and/or ligament. Additionally, the tiny blood vessels (capillaries) that normally supply blood and oxygen to these tissues are broken. The broken capillaries then leak varying amounts of blood and serum into the adjacent tissues. Therefore, soon after a soft tissue injury, localized swelling occurs. The injured tissues become painful and tender, both directly from the trauma to them and indirectly from the subsequent swelling.” Because of this situation, it’s recommended that ice—not heat—be used to reduce swelling, which is also applicable for arthritis.
On the other hand, heat “causes expansion, which means that it's probably counterproductive for swelling. But heat can loosen tissues and relax stiff joints.”
With this said, if you’re experiencing ongoing knee pain, you’ll definitely want to speak with your physician about the underlying cause. Only then will you know whether heat (as used in Copper Therapy) or cold is your best treatment option.
Other Heated Knee Wrap Options
Next, it’s important to note that products like Copper Therapy are nothing new, and are available from numerous manufacturers in a wide variety of designs. To find out for yourself, type “heated knee wraps” into your favorite search engine, and you’ll see that you have hundreds of products from which to choose.
Granted, they may not all be as inexpensive as Copper Therapy, but they might offer a better solution based on your specific circumstances.
What Do Copper Therapy’s Customers Say About Pain Relief?
Copper Therapy was a very new product at the time of our research (URL registered February 2015) and didn’t have any online customer reviews available.
Copper Therapy is manufactured by Tristar Products based out of Fairfield, NJ, who is a major player within the “As Seen on TV” industry. Because of this, the company manufacturers a variety of other popular ASOTV products, including Clear TV, Perfecter Fusion Styler, and Power Pressure Cooker XL.
Among more than 800 HighYa reader reviews for these products, they hold an average rating of 2 stars, with common complaints citing poor quality, failure to work as advertised, high S&H charges (more about this next), and poor customer service. Granted, this may not be what you’ll experience with Copper Therapy, but it’s important to keep in mind.
From a company perspective, Tristar holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, despite more than 960 closed complaints (as of 2/26/15). Most of these reference the same concerns noted above.
Copper Therapy Pricing & Refund Policy
Copper Therapy is priced at $19.99 plus $7.99 S&H, and you can add a second wrap to your order for an additional $7.99 S&H.
Regardless of how many Copper Therapies you order, each one will include a rechargeable battery.
Copper Therapy comes with a 60-day refund policy, as well as a 60-day warranty for defects in materials and workmanship, less S&H charges. This means that if you choose the BOGO offer and decide to return them, you could end up spending more in S&H charges than you’ll receive as a refund.
In order to request a refund for your Copper Therapy, you’ll need to contact customer service at 973-287-5193.
Will Copper Therapy Help Relieve Your Knee Pain?
Chopping to the point: While the heat and compression from Copper Therapy could possibly provide you with temporary relief from your knee pain, this largely depends on the underlying cause. Because of this, you’ll want to speak with your physician about whether or not Copper Therapy could provide relief based on your specific diagnosis.
Just remember that the copper in Copper Therapy only works to conduct heat, and won’t provide any additional pain relief beyond what a standard heated knee wrap will provide.
However, if you decide to roll the dice on Copper Therapy and are dissatisfied, remember that you might spend more in S&H charges than you’ll receive as a refund after everything is said and done.