Does Tommie Copper Really Work?


Does Tommie Copper work?Tommie Copper is a line of compression gear that you might have seen being peddled by Montel Williams on an infomercial. It’s an interview style ad where he asks different people about their experiences wearing the different sleeves, and of course everyone on the show sings its praises. But how about real reviews from actual users, what are people really saying?

Overview
Montel built up his credibility for years with his talk show, clocking thousands of episodes and covering a broad range of topics. These days though it seems like he’ll endorse just about anything, even going so far as to slap his seal of approval to a payday lender. But regardless of whether or not he’s a credible spokesperson for a product, the real question remains did he pick the right thing to stick his name on. With many people getting more and more aches and pains, these sort of solutions will get more attention.

The Claim
The makers of Tommie Copper claim that they’ve really put the focus on comfort, and that their products contain copper, which they say helps the body to heal. They make the statement that if you’re not wearing your compression gear, it doesn’t have the ability to work and that by making their sleeves, shorts, and shirts extra comfy it increases the likelihood that you’ll wear it, thereby being a better choice than other, less comfortable compression products. They don’t really go overboard on their direct claims, relying more on testimonials to do the talking for them.

The Hype
These are pretty heavily advertised on TV, and they’ve got Montel Williams on board. When it comes to celebrity endorsements, a lot of the times it doesn’t really matter who that celebrity is, but in this case we’re talking about a former Navy Seal and someone that is known for endorsing health products, so he can speak knowledgeably about this. The celebrity factor can’t be overlooked, nor can the fact that it is repeated so much on so many different channels. This one-two punch can get a lot of people interested in it and ready to try it out.

The Cost
The prices vary depending on which item you get. They have compression shirts that are in the $40 range, or just calf sleeves that are in the $20 range. Overall though they’re pretty much on par with other compression garments that are made for athletes and non-athletes alike. If you comparison shop you’ll quickly see that these are right around the price you’d expect for this industry. They’ve got a 30 day guarantee on all their items, and they say that there aren’t any restrictions, so you’re free to try it out and actually wear it and not worry about them saying it’s too used to be returned.

The Commitment
All that you really need to do as the user is put the sleeves, shirts, or shorts on. Then it’s just a matter of deciding when you want to take it off. They say that you can leave them on 24 hours a day, even while you’re asleep, so as long as they’re feeling good you can leave them on and let them do their thing. When you size this up to other treatment options, like using a cream or other topical treatment on joints and muscles, it seems to be easier. Of course you could always just let your body rest, and that wouldn’t require any action on your part at all. Sometimes inaction can be effective.

Evaluation
It’s interesting to note that many of the reviews you find out there are from those that were given free gear from the Tommie Copper corporation. Whether or not a reviewer is able to give their honest opinion on a product when they received it for free is up to you to decide. What’s a better litmus test, as far as we’re concerned, is what real buyers say since they’ve parted with their hard earned cash to try it out.

The overall reviews from users are pretty unanimous: that these work well if you know that you respond to compression therapy. If you have tried other compression pieces in the past with moderate success, you should get to that level and a bit better since these are able to be warn for longer periods of time without becoming uncomfortable. Be sure to spend some extra time following the instructions on how to get the sizing right. Most users that get the size right end up liking the experience, and it can make all the difference.

Final Tommie Copper Review

If you’ve never tried compression sleeves before, Tommie Copper might be a good place to start. It’s basically a shot in the dark as to whether you’ll respond well to it or not. But if you know that this is an effective way to treat your different ailments, then you can buy with confidence knowing that you’ll get a quality product here. When you’re looking at the competition, there’s really not a lot out there that’s making such claims on comfort, at this price point.

Our Recommendation
Not all injuries and conditions benefit from putting on a compression sleeve, so be sure to ask your doctor whether you think something like this is right for you. It’s much better to ask first and get their opinion than use these and aggravate your condition further. They also say to stop using their products if you have a reaction to the copper, which they say is pretty rare, but can happen.

What do you think? Does Tommie Copper work or not?


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Gavin September 24, 2012 at 2:27 pm

I don’t know if people wear this to make a fashion statement, but I really need it for purely therapeutic reasons. I got a bad knee from having dislocated it when I was in high school while playing basketball. Ever since the first dislocation, I’ve had it happen to me several more times and I have a persisting pain that won’t go away even with prescription strength pain killers. I think I’m slowly killing myself with medicines and I have to look for an alternative. I’m not really looking for any miracles. I’m just hoping this thing will alleviate say maybe 10 percent of my pain.

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william whittaker November 21, 2012 at 1:53 am

i”ve been living with cronic pain and have been on many medications.while search and desperation for relief.i tried the ‘tommy copper’ compresion shirt.i”m not sure if the lyrica or the shirt has helped,maybe combination of both.i wear my shirt everyday[need another one-pain in the butt to keep washing]anyway,i believe it has helped me.
i am buying another shirt and 1 for my elbow.dr.”s call it tennis elbow,but it hurts like crap.
i am a believer and satisfied customer
thankyou

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Samantha Bourdelier December 9, 2012 at 2:54 pm

From what I have read here you seem to be criticizing Montel Williams involvement with the product and not the product itself. I am concerned with statements that say Montel Williams will emdprse just about everything. O think what you fail to see is that this product is something that this product is something that has worked well for his own chronic pain. Montel Williams has suffered with MS for many years and has found so much relief using this product that he has been able to return to activities that has not been able to participate in for many years. That makes it very personal for him. Instead of making your focus be on Montel Williams you should make your comments be on the product itself and not if he has chosen the right product to represent. You have said some positive things about the product and that is good.

In my opinion Tommie Copper is more than just a shot in the dark. The infomercial I saw where a woman was given a glove to wear during the half hour was someone who was suffering from arthritis in her hands for some time. She was given the product to wear and asked periodically whether the product was helping. At the end they asked her if she would like to give it back. Her response was absolutely not.

If using an ointment or a topical product or just letting your body rest is something that will help whatever pain you have than the Tommie Copper product is not for you. Compression products were made for people who have tried just about everything and usually end up taking endless rounds of medications usually of a narcotic nature. Out of everything I have read there is one sentence that I see where you give the product a fair shake. And that is the reviews from actual users are unanimous. The next thing you say I don’t believe is part of the reviews from actual users. That is the part where you say it will work well if you know you will respond to compression therapy.

The only comments I found credible was the ones made by William Whittaker who uses Tommie Copper Compression Products. and the comments made by Gavin who wants desperately to try the same product. I wonder if you have gone to the web site to see what the product is all about and why it works and who it works for. Also read some of the comments made by real users of the product. In the end that is what really convinced me that I believe this product can be useful for my own Chronic pain. I realize that it takes commitment to use a product like this and I already have that. I feel it takes a much larger commitment to using the medication that I am on now. My doctor put me on all kinds of medication for my chronic pain three of them being narcotics. When I found out I had sleep apnea my doctor told me it is possible that one or more of the pain medications is causing this condition. Then almost as an afterthought she asked me if I would be willing to stop taking the medication that could be causing this. I found her statement to be sadistic and extremely sarcastic. She knew what the side affects to these drugs could be but she never told me. Since I had stopped taking medication at one time without withdrawal I did not think of it being a problem. Now I know how horrific withdrawal pains are. They call them withdrawal symptoms but for people who go through them they now they are much more than symptoms it is closer to pure hell. The only compassionate way to get off of narcotic drugs is only one way.and that is going through a compassionate detox program. When someone takes pain medication for chronic pain they do not take it for any kind of high. In all the time I have taken pain medication I have never gotten high, not once. I have asked my doctor on occasion about not taking the pain medication or not increasing the medication and she did not think it was a good idea. I am still in constant pain that at times causes me incredible amounts of distress. If I could find relief from Tommie Copper Compression products than Goddess bless Tommie Copper. I am ready to enter a detox center. I feel I would get my life back instead of being in constant pain that saps my strength and keeps me in depression. I don’t know if you have even been to the web site and I don’t know how qualified you are to have an opinion about the product. .

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Michael December 27, 2012 at 5:13 am

Ok I will give this a shot and hope it helps someone. About 2 years ago I had a low speed motorcycle fall. The brunt of the fall was on my left knee where i had a slight meniscus tear and slight egg shell type fracturing of the knee cap. Through delayed diagnosis i ended up having surgery. Due to scar tissue build up i have lost the ability to fully bend or completely extend the knee 100% without stiffness and some minor pain.

For about a year after I limped some and the knee would ache after extended walking or being in the bent position. I was even hard to find a comfortable position to sleep and get comfortable without it having a radiating ache. I have had a couple of full braces and some soft ones on my own lastly a Mc David Multiaction knee strap. This did help some when I had walking to do or extended sitting but it was a little irritating and chaft after a while. I saw the same infomercial and figured I would give it a shot. So after about a day wearing it I did notice less of the ache and radiating pain. I slept in that night and found that it was easier to get into a comfortable position. I would slide it down periodically as sometimes I found the bands at each end would become a little irritating.

Overall after having it for 5 months i can tell a difference when I wear it and find it does not ache nearly as much when I do. I am glad I got it and would buy it again.

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Tad January 4, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Having knee surgery at age 17 (now 50) I just received my Tommy Copper knee sleeve and I can tell you it is the best most comfortable “Brace” I have ever tried. Time will tell but I have spent hundreds of dollars over the last 30 years on knee braces and I think I found the best. I also bought a calf sleeve for my other leg and it too is great.

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Francisca January 7, 2013 at 6:11 pm

My husband has a knee replacement on his right knee and he has had arthroscopic surgery done on his left knee. I would like to know if the tommie copper knee sleeve would help his left knee that he had the arthroscopic done because his left knee still hurts. Also would the copper in the product affect the knee he has the knee replacement on

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Anthony Gallo January 9, 2013 at 4:02 am

I am a guitar player and I’ve been trying to get the medium size
Gloves with the cut half fingers, you never have them in stock
Gonna try another product, to frustrating to keep trying to get them
When there are other products out there.

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Glenda January 10, 2013 at 7:03 am

Have had some upper back and shoulder pain for a few years. Every night i would ask my husband for a back massage. Think he got tired of that so he ordered me the Tommie Copper shirt. Wore it for the first time today and I want love it.I am a believer af ter one day. Going to order one for my mom

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Darlene January 16, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Tommie Copper is the bomb!! I injured my knee working in the yard. I was coming down from the riding lawnmower, hit the ground and heard a loud popping noise and the most intense pain you can think of. My husband took me to the hospital and they put me in an immobilizer brace. From there I went to the orthopedic surgeon where they did an MRI. They said nothing was wrong with the knee, but I couldn’t put any weight on it and it hurt like heck! I saw the infomercial with Montel. I don’t usually try these things but at that point I’d been through PT and meds and nothing was working, so I gave it a shot. Best $34 I ever spent. Now 2 years later, I have hardly any pain in the knee at all and when I do, I just wear the sleeve for a couple of days and it’s good. I would recommend them to anyone.

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Luke March 23, 2013 at 7:38 am

You most likely sprained your knee. If you couldn’t even put any weight on your leg without pain there’s no way a mere compression sleeve is going to do what pt, meds, and a leg brace couldn’t. It’s not medically possible. I’m not saying the whole Tommy Copper line of products is bunk, but I’m just reading some of these success stories and some of them are clearly overrated, or falsified in some way. Compression products aren’t some magic fountain of youth product that you put on and you’re magically impervious to pain. Ask your doctor… if he doesn’t recommend compression gear at all, save your money because it’s not gonna solve what you went there for in the first place.

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Stacy February 7, 2013 at 5:50 pm

NO!! So far, I have not seen a difference in my joint discomfort. The only thing that is good about it is that it does not squeeze as tight was my other compression bands. Guess you have to try stuff to see. I have had it for 3 weeks now and no results.

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Dale Riley February 21, 2013 at 7:24 pm

I bought the long sleeve shirt and the half finger gloves,I have worn them and I don’t see the difference in my pain level or my mobility. I was wondering what I have to do to get my money back?

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Debbie Sneed March 3, 2013 at 11:51 am

I wish I were “one of those who could be given one to try. I use the shoe orthotics advertised on tv, and I swear by them. I’d like the opportunity to swear by these, but if you send them back if you aren’t satisfied, by the time you send them back, the price is still the same by the time you pay s/h to get your money back. So they win either way.

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Miss Back Pain April 30, 2013 at 2:28 pm

I purchased the T-shirt, biker shorts and ankle brace for my son. I am wearing the t-shirt today for the first time. Not sure how long it will take to notice a difference but I hope it works. It gets old taking pills and being in pain, I will try anything but surgery.

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George Cherry May 23, 2013 at 10:48 pm

8 weeks ago I had my left shoulder repaired from a 3-5 cm tear in the roto cuff and a tear in a couple tendents and a bone spit can this shirt help in getting my use by supporting the shoulder while taking physical therapy?

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Anthony June 16, 2013 at 8:25 am

I purchased the compression socks because my legs would swell up if I stood up for long periods and they worked because the swelling went down and I don’t feel the pain in my legs anymore. My mom suffers from pain and she has tried a variety of products recommended by her doctor and nothing worked but when I suggested the Tommie Copper she said “No” until her church friends told her it’s worth trying because it really works. Taking a bunch of pills for pain is not fun thus I plan to buy more of their products.

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JERRY MELOCHE July 22, 2013 at 9:40 pm

MY wife JUDYhas been in lower back pain for six years
She cannot sit for a long period without the aid of ice packs-heat packs we have seen every kind of DR. NO results

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JERRY MELOCHE July 22, 2013 at 9:42 pm

DO YOU THINK YOUR SHORTS MIGHT HELP’

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Bob July 28, 2013 at 2:56 am

These products are quality and comfortable and do help me! I use the calf leggings for long drived

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Lloyd Goulbourne July 29, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Recently l purchase a Shorts from Tommie Copper for the pain in my back, its been three weeks and still no ease in the pain, as a matter of fact it seems to get worst, l have sleep less nights, after watching Montel l taught this was for real, but l dont think it was work the money, l guess l threw away my money thinking l would get to relief . .
Lloyd Goulbourne

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Lloyd Goulbourne July 29, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Recently l purchase a Shorts from Tommie Copper for the pain in my back, its been three weeks and still no ease in the pain, as a matter of fact it seems to get worst, l have sleep less nights, after watching Montel l taught this was for real, but l dont think it was work the money, l guess l threw away my money thinking l would get some relief . .
Lloyd Goulbourne

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Jim purdy August 27, 2013 at 11:36 pm

I purchased the knee sleeve this product gave little to none compression it did not reduce pain or swelling it’s a complete ripoff I returned it for refund don’t waste your money.

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Wayne Lay September 9, 2013 at 1:04 pm

My son has Odsgood Slaughter desease. His knee has put him in pain for the last several years. We are on a new med called Oscon that has help a lot. Still a litlle tender to the touch. Has anyone tried the sleeve for this condition.

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Andrew September 27, 2013 at 1:09 pm

I am in the army and have a bad knee from jumping out of planes over the years and the amount of running we do in the miltary and I can tell you this sleeve works, Its not just mental, I feel a signifigant diffrence between when I wear it and I dont.

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Mrs. Lyons November 2, 2013 at 7:20 pm

I have neuropathy, and very irritated nerves for so long, and have been on so many meds that don’t work… I bought the full body stuff… short sleeve, long sleeve, shorts, knee braces for when I wear the shorts, the long legged compression pants for when it’s colder. I definately WILL let you know how they work, as I am the “expert” on nerve pain (I know we all feel we are … lol )
Anyway it was a lot of money, but I bought it through PayPal. If you tell them it doesn’t work like the advertising said it did, they get a refund from the site. So if it doesn’t work, I’m not out any money. If it does work, it’ll be worth all the money I spent! I have upper back pain, shoulder and upper arm pain, middle back pain, lower back pain, bad knee pain, and ankle pain. So I bought just about everything! And I’ll let ya’ll know how it worked for me!

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Mrs. Lyons November 2, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Oh, and also, I looked at other compression garments, and in many cases, the Tommie Copper garments were CHEAPER! So spend the money, either way… you’re not getting ripped off if you go to the original Tommie Copper site. Just thought I would add this. And get a PayPal account… http://www.paypal.com…. all you have to do is get an account there, then go to the real site, and if the stuff doesn’t work for you, just open up a discussion with paypal about an order, and say it doesn’t work, and you’ll eventually get your money back! It takes a couple of weeks. Unless you try to get your money back from the Tommie Copper site, they may be totally okay about refunds. I’m just saying it couldn’t possibly still be around if it didn’t work for anyone, it’s no more expensive than other compression garments, it has MORE compression garments than I’ve ever seen anywhere else, and from what I’ve read here, for the people that have used them, at least 75% say the garments work for them! lol… No, I don’t work for Tommie Copper. Again, I’ll let you know how they work for me!

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everyonesxwife November 10, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Hello everyone and THANK YOU for all of your advice, personal testimonies, and thoughts on this product.
I suffer from round-the-clock chronic pain from head to toe.
I’ve been to every kind of doctor imaginable over the past 15 years and the final consensus if fibromyalgia and arthralgia. Physical therapy does not help because any physical activity increases my pain level. My boyfriend jokes that for every day of activity, I require 3 days in bed to recover. I am allergic to codeine so that is out, and I do NOT want to become addicted to pain medication because I have known too many addicts in my lifetime – and I DON’T LIKE THEM because no matter how pure their intentions were in the beginning, they become miserable people who will steal from their best friend to get a “fix”.
Currently I am on a regime of REST – laid out like a dead person in a coffin, all joints straight – a Butrans pain patch, Tramadol every 4 hours, and Nucynta every 12 hours if the pain is intense. Contrary to what you might think, I am not a zombie and can function on all the medication but it is the PAIN I cannot function with. Every joint aches from the small toe and finger joints all the way up to my pelvis and hip joints and at times they just burn as if there were hot coals embedded in them.
The connecting tissue and muscles also ache, like I have run a triathlon. Sleeping comes in 3-4 hour cat naps, when sleeping comes at all. Before you become overly empathetic, please let me say that my pain levels DO change from day to day, so I am NOT in Hell all day every day, but most days are in the 5-7 range (with 10 being the worst pain possible) and once or twice a week I hit an 11.
I really, really want to try the Tommie Copper products. My 93 year old aunt and my 85 year old mother have worn copper bracelets for decades and contribute the copper with preventing arthritis in their hands and wrists. It may be an old wives tale, but many old wives tales have validity.
I have to start small due to my income, but am hoping for the best. I promise I will come back and let you know MY results.
I wish you ALL good health and less pain.
Namaste.

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everyonesxwife November 20, 2013 at 6:55 am

Okay, my full-arm sleeve arrived today.
I’ve been wearing it for 7 hours now and still no magic….
I WISH I had gotten it earlier because my doctor gave me a steroid shot in my elbow just 6 days ago and it massively reduced the pain from a 10+ to about a 3.
I could have evaluated the sleeve better if I had started wearing it during the WORST pain, I’m sure everyone can understand that : )
But I am going to continue to wear the sleeve to see if it can help this level 3-4 pain.
I’ll keep ya’ll posted.

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David Lombardia July 10, 2014 at 5:56 pm

I was a little aprehensive about the sleeve until a friend of mine told me it worked for him.The sleeve for the elbow is fantastic. From the moment I put it on the pain went away I am able to work out in the gym again as if nothing was wrong I sleep with it . I don’t want to take it off.Thank you tommy copper.

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