Everyone takes a tumble sometimes—even Oprah.

By Arielle Tschinkel
March 03, 2020
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If you've ever taken an embarrassing tumble in public, you'll sympathize with Oprah Winfrey. Over the weekend, the media mogul slipped on-stage at the Los Angeles stop of her Oprah 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus Tour.

Ironically, Winfrey lost her balance while talking about how to live a balanced life. Fortunately, she was able to regain her composure, kicking off her heels to carry on the show more comfortably.

Though Winfrey proved that the show must go on—with a Jennifer Lopez interview to boot—she's not immune to the next-day soreness of a stumble. On Monday, she shared on Instagram that she was taking some downtime to recover from her fall.

The post showed Winfrey with her right leg elevated in a compression wrap, sitting at her desk with a newspaper in hand for some "Sunday reading and icing," she wrote in the caption. She also thanked fans for their kind wishes, writing, "Yes I slipped on stage and I'm now a meme. But so grateful to be only a little sore." (Winfrey also gave a shoutout to Michelle Obama for inspiring her to enjoy a #SelfCareSunday.)

Thankfully, it doesn't seem like Winfrey was seriously injured from her fall. But she's smart to use a compression wrap to help soothe her soreness.

ICYDK, the idea behind compression clothing, like Winfrey's wrap, is that it can help increase the movement of oxygen in your blood. That increased oxygen flow can not only enhance your workout performance, it can also help cut down on swelling that causes soreness and stiffens muscles and joints, Michele Olson, Ph.D., professor of exercise science at Auburn University Montgomery previously told Shape. "[Compression clothing] helps blood vessels to constrict and return the blood up toward the heart instead of that blood pooling in the legs, creating swelling and hampering blood flow to the muscles and organs in the rest of the body," she explained. (Related: 7 Essential Strategies for Post-Workout Recovery)

As for the compression wrap that Winfrey seems to be sporting in her Instagram post, well, you'll need an Oprah-sized budget to afford it. The Game Ready Knee Wrap (Buy It, $486, amazon.com) costs a pretty penny for those looking to heal tired or injured muscles.

But fear not: There are plenty of other, more budget-friendly compression options out there with solid reviews if you're hoping to boost your own recovery—whether you just tackled an intense workout or took a bit of a tumble (it happens!). Here are a few alternatives to consider:

ABYON Elbow Compression Sleeve

Designed for golfers, tennis players, and weight lifters who experience soreness in their arms and elbows, this sleeve is meant to help stabilize muscles and joints while increasing blood flow, shortening recovery time so you can be back in action ASAP.

Available in three colors (blue, black, and pink), the ABYON Elbow Compression Sleeve wraps around the bicep, elbow, and upper forearm. It can also help with pain, inflammation, and soreness from conditions like arthritis, tendonitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome, according to the product's description. One recent reviewer raved about the "pain-free morning" she had thanks to this sleeve, adding, "I can't believe I was able to work out and finish my job duties [while wearing it]." (Related: Personal Trainers Reveal the Best Products to Relieve Muscle Soreness)


Buy It: ABYON Elbow Compression Sleeve, $17-$20, amazon.com

BAMS Bamboo Leg and Calf Compression Sleeve

For those who want to boost lower-body recovery, this calf sleeve doesn't just reduce swelling from ankle to knee; it can also help reduce bacteria growth on the skin, thanks to the moisture-wicking fabric's natural bamboo fibers.

Reviewers praise this sleeve for being comfortable during travel—when the risk of blood clots can increase due to lack of movement on long plane, train, or car trips—as well as during long hours at work.


Buy It: BAMS Bamboo Leg & Calf Compression Sleeve, $12, amazon.com

UFlex Athletics Knee Compression Sleeve

If you need extra support for your knees, look no further than UFlex Athletics Knee Compression Sleeve. It helps reduce stress on joints during all kinds of activities, including jumping, running, and sports with dynamic movements like basketball, soccer, cycling, skiing, and more. Plus, the silicone material provides grip without sacrificing comfort.

Considering the sleeve boasts more than 8,600 five-star reviews on Amazon, it definitely seems to get the job done in terms of recovery, whether you're winding down after a miles-long hike or getting back on your feet (literally) after a fall.

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Buy It: UFlex Athletics Knee Compression Sleeve, $16-$17, amazon.com



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