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us_postal_teamKinesiology tape is becoming a viral marketing phenomenon. Why? Because it works! It is a safe, inexpensive, noninvasive modality for relieving pain, reducing inflammation and enhancing performance. No wonder both professional and amateur athletes around the world are now using it and loving it.

Lance Armstrong was one of the first world class athletes to extol the virtues of kinesiology taping as an athletic tape for sports injuries. Following is an excerpt from his 2003 book, “Every Second Counts,” written with Sally Jenkins (2003, Broadway Books, a division of Random House).

lance_armstrong_book_cover“The team wasn’t just the riders. It was the mechanics, masseurs, chefs, seigneurs, and doctors. But the most important man on the team may have been our chiropractor.

The Tour hurt in a dozen different ways. We were all sore. Sore necks, sore knees, sore hamstrings. Guys got tendinitis all the time. They crashed, or they rode in a fixed position for hours on end, and they got it. They woke up one morning and it was in an elbow or a knee.

The guy who put us all back together was our chiropractor, Jeff Spencer … Jeff is part doctor, part guru, part medicine man. He had all kinds of strange gizmos and rituals and cures, a remedy for every condition. He did things we had no explanation for-but they seemed to work. His methods ranged from basic stretching and massage to high-tech lasers, strange wraps, tinctures, and bandages. If you got road rash, he put a silvery wrap on the injury, and shot you with a laser. George swore Jeff’s lasers made road rash heal twice as fast.

Sometimes he did things to parts of your body that didn’t hurt. Let’s say your foot hurt. He’d shoot the laser at your neck, and talk to you about “nerve connections,” while you half-listened. But the next day, your foot would be better.

But Jeff had something that was better than any laser, wrap, or electric massager. He had The Tape. It was a special hot-pink athletic tape that came from Japan and seemed to have special powers. George got a problem with his lower back. Jeff turned him around and started putting hot-pink tape on it. George thought, “How can that help?” But the next day the pain had disappeared – it was gone.

” … it could fix things. It could seriously fix things …”

We swore by Jeff’s pink tape. He would tape the hell out of anything. You had a tweaky knee? He taped it. A guy would start to get tendinitis and he’d say, “Don’t worry. No problem. We’ll tape it.” We all had pink tape on our legs.

Every morning before the stage, he’d tape us all up, different parts of our bodies. He’d do George’s back, Chechu’s knees. Sometimes we’d be so wrapped up in hot-pink tape that we’d look like dolls, a bunch of broken dolls.

One day, Johan went to him and said, “The tape is too flashy. People see the tape, and they think we’re all screwed up.” Jeff said, “What do you want me to do?”

“Tone down the tape,” he said. “Can’t you get the gray color?” But the pink tape worked, so we kept it, because it could fix things. It could seriously fix things.”

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Pain in the lower back and upper buttocks area is common in competitive cyclists. The combination of the severe forward leaning posture and the intense exertion of the muscles of the upper leg and gluteals puts constant squeezing pressure on the muscles and nerves in this area. Once inflammation develops it can be extremely difficult to get rid of for cyclists who train and/or compete daily.

Not only is this condition painful, but it can also negatively affect performance as the body tries to protect the painful area by decreasing muscle activation. Even those who are tough enough to “pedal through the pain” may find that they are no longer able to race as fast or as far.

A new solution being used by more and more competitive cyclists is kinesiology tape. This thin, stretchy, therapeutic tape can be worn on any injured or painful area and produce rapid relief of both pain and inflammation. Because a single application can be worn for several days, it is ideal for cyclists during lengthy races.

st_icon_low_backThe quickest and simplest type of kinesiology taping is to use pre-cut kinesiology tape, made by SpiderTech. SpiderTech makes 15 different individually packaged, precut applications for different parts of the body. The SpiderTech Low Back application has become a mainstay in the sports bags of many competitive cyclists.

Dotsie Bausch, one of the world’s top female cyclists, described her experience with the SpiderTech Low Back Spider this way.

In 2008, I was diagnosed with Piriformis syndrome which is a condition in which the piriformis muscle irritates the sciatic nerve, causing pain in the buttocks and referring pain along the course of the sciatic nerve. This referred pain, called “sciatica”, often goes down the back of the thigh and/or into the lower back. I was having excruciating pain and numbness in my back and quads. It was causing me so much pain, that I had to miss out on some big races.

Enter: Spider Tech tape. Now that I use the lower back tape regularly, during hard events and after, as well as through all of my travels both flying and driving, I am pain free and one happy camper! It is truly remarkable the way the tape works. It is easy to use, does not irritate the skin, stays on for an entire week or more, and it does its job! It is a remarkable solution to pain with so much to offer the world by freeing people of their ibuprophen and aspirin addictions for the treatment of acute pain. I love Spider Tech and am a believer for life.

My next post will provide step-by-step instructions, plus a video for applying precut kinesiology tape for the lower back. Until then, happy cycling!

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