KT Tape It Up…Neon Style and a Winner!

KT Tape Neon Style

Clearly, the word must be getting out that I love neon. The folks at KT Tape somehow found out and offered to send me a few rolls of their finest, now available in NEON. In fact, my favorite NEON colors are available. The only problem? I was only allowed to choose two.

So, what do you know about Kinesiology Tape? It’s used by medical professionals and physical therapists as an aid in pain reduction for specified muscles and ligaments, and can even accelerate healing. The science behind it? It lifts the skin, increasing the space below it, and increasing blood flow and circulation of lymphatic fluids (swelling). This increase in the interstitial space is said to lead to less pressure on the body’s nociceptors, which detect pain, and to stimulate mechanoreceptors, to improve overall joint proprioception (this is according to Wikipedia.)  It also claims to correct the alignment of weak muscles as well as facilitate joint motion as a result of the tape’s recoiling qualities. Be sure to read KT Tape’s take on Kinesiology Tape.

Now, of course, there are always critics, who like to dismiss anything that makes anyone feel better. Sure, it could be the old placebo affect, but if it makes you feel better, you therefore perform better, and therefore can regain a normal composure faster and with less pain and discomfort. So why not try it?

KT Tape in Neon Pink

KT Tape in Neon Pink

Unfortunately, my injury, which is likely a healing stress fracture, can’t be cured with KT Tape. The discomfort, however, can be relieved somewhat, and that means a happier me.

The greatest thing about KT Tape is that the folks at KT Tape have put together a gaggle of instructional videos on how to use their product. PLUS, they offer PDF written instructions as well, for the video illiterate.

And despite the fact that I have already seen an orthopedist for my condition, and have been x-rayed and MRI’d, I still can’t help but wonder if it was a case of posterior shin splints that started the whole chain of events. I say this, because these symptoms fit me to a “T”. And applying the tape as shown does relieve pressure in the affected area.

KT Tape in Solar Yellow

KT Tape in Solar Yellow

Posterior Shin Splints

The shin is the common name for the front of the lower leg bone (tibia) and its associated muscles and tendons. While muscles on the front of the leg (primarily the anterior tibialis) serve to point the toes and foot upwards (dorsiflexion), the tibialis posterior serves to point the toes and foot downwards (plantarflexion).

 

Anterior shin splints exist on the front of the lower leg, while posterior shin splints present pain along the inside edge of the lower leg in the tibialis posterior tendon. The role of the tibialis posterior is to support the arch as the body moves over the foot during the gait cycle. In medical terms, posterior shin splints is known as posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, or PTTD. PTTD describes a weakening of the tibialis posterior tendon and in severe cases may result in a rupture of the tendon. Therefore, posterior shin splints can be looked at as the onset of PTTD.

If the forces (singular or cumulative) applied to the tendon are greater than what the tendon can bear in its current state, inflammation and microtrauma will result. Excessive pronation, changes of shoe or running surface, compensations for previous injuries or poor mechanics, and general overuse are all common causes of posterior shin splints. Other causes include muscle imbalances in the leg, flat feet or fallen arches, and activity that requires frequent and abrupt changes in direction.

Posterior shin splint pain is specific to the medial ankle, just behind the medial malleolus and along the lower and inner shin. Note that this location is different from anterior shin splints. Pain will be felt to the touch and generally will not exhibit swelling. The pain can range anywhere from faint and annoying to sharp and debilitating. When the condition worsens, bumps can be felt along the area and represent major inflammation and distortions in the underlying fascia. At the onset pain is generally felt at the beginning of activity and dissipates over a short period of time. As the condition worsens the pain is constant and could result in stress fractures.

KT Tape can be a great help with pain and speeding the healing process. KT Tape helps to increase circulation to relieve inflammation, relieve pressure on the painful area, and take stress off of the tissue. Rest is key with overuse injuries and make sure to ice after activity. Other helpful treatments include:

  • Adjusting to the proper footwear for foot type
  • Run on softer surfaces
  • Correct form
  • Stretch sufficiently prior to activity
  • Use anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs)
  • Massage

Yep, I even still have the “bumps” mentioned above. And the pain eventually dissipates the further I run. That is why I was able to finish the Boston Marathon. By mile 11, I was feeling no pain.

KT Tape in Neon Orange

KT Tape in Neon Orange

Now, understand that KT Tape isn’t for every injury. It is always best to begin with someone who knows what they are talking about. Suggestions would be an orthopedist or a physical therapist. Get educated before you attempt to run on a pained IT band wrapped in KT Tape.

I can follow directions...

I can follow directions…

I have used Kinesiology Tape with other maladies, including tennis elbow from lifting, with tremendous success. It is much like wearing an elbow brace, without the brace. Certainly, just avoiding the “bulk” of other stability devices can be liberating in itself. Therefore, I highly recommend a visit to KT Tape’s website. Find out exactly what it can do for you (and be sure to check out the new NEON colors because it is FUN to brag about your injuries!)

KT Tape Neon Style

KT Tape Neon Style

Have you tried KT Tape on a specific strain or injury? How did it work for you?

Note: The opinions in this review belong to me, the author. I don’t accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a sample at no cost to provide honest opinions on such. This post may contain affiliate/referral links per my own discretion.

 

Finally today, the winner in the Ben Greenfield Beyond Training Guide Book Giveaway is Lisa Bunnell! Congratulations to Lisa. You have been e-mailed with further instructions. Thanks so much to all who participated!

8 Responses to KT Tape It Up…Neon Style and a Winner!

  1. Gigi says:

    It was a huge help for me with my shin splints.

  2. Ah I just went through this myself. I had shin splints and kept running and even did a half marathon. I ended up having a stress fracture, catching it early and being out for 9 weeks. It was really hard not to run for so long and I was not happy. I’m back now slowly but I am running. I feel for you it’s a hard process. Good luck!

  3. Tif Calder says:

    I use KT tape for all over knee stability as well as on my achilles-I ruptured my tendon and it was instrumental in relieving swelling and tenderness during my months of recovery! Now I used it preventatively there. My 9yo daughter uses 1/2 strips across her heesl as blister preventativess, too.

    • A Running Chick says:

      This is wonderful, Tif! I’m glad to hear you have had such great success with KT Tape! I didn’t realize it could help prevent blisters, too. I’ll have to put it on my girls before they put on their riding boots. Thanks for the tip!

  4. LauraMae says:

    I need to try this stuff! After seeing others wear it, but never looking it up, I wondered what it did. Now that I know I want to try it!!

  5. greeniejoey says:

    I love k tape I’ve used it for my knee injury. I strained it pretty badly while working out.

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