Neoprene is an artificial chemical substance, a substitute for rubber, widely used in the manufacture of orthopaedic appliances for rehabilitation after injuries. It was first manufactured in the thirties for military purposes and for injury recovery among elite athletes from the United States. The method for the manufacture of neoprene foam is by chemical gasification to produce foam cells capable of causing a thermal effect on the skin which aids, in conjunction with the immobilising effect, faster recovery of the injured limb.
Neoprene foam retains body heat thus preventing the muscles from cooling down while at the same time activating blood circulation. The compression it applies, in conjunction with its elastic properties, helps reduce the risk of overload or injury while offering excellent support for joints.
For more than 25 years, STIL neoprene orthopaedic appliances have been manufactured using 4 mm thick neoprene (except trousers which are available in 2 mm thickness). All with flat seams to prevent necrosis. 4-needle over-locked edges and Lycra cover for greater durability. All items are available in two colours, Blue and Beige.
All STIL orthopaedic supports are Class I healthcare products and are manufactured in accordance with European Health Regulations for Healthcare Products 93/42/EEC, Appendix VII.; as well as in compliance with the EN 980:1997, EN 1041:1998, EN 1441:1997, ISO 10993-1:1994 manufacturing standards.