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Monthly Archives: October 2010

  1. KT Tape Teams with New York Running Company for its NYC Marathon Debut

    nyc_marathonOrem, UT – Oct. 29, 2010—  For the first time ever, KT Tape will be offered for free to competitors at the New York Marathon Health and Fitness Expo. KT Tape is partnering with one of NYC’s premier specialty running stores, the New York Running Company to provide runners with pain relief and injury support.  KT Tape clinicians and staffers will tape up runners and hand out samples.

    KT Tape is the first-ever consumer brand of kinesiology tape. For years, elite marathoners have used kinesiology therapeutic tape for injury treatment, pain relief and performance, and now all runners can have access to that same level of support.

    The ING New York City Marathon is Sunday November 7th,  with the Health and Fitness Expo on Nov. 4th from 10am-8pm, Nov. 5th from 10am-8pm and Nov. 6th  10am-8pm.  The Expo, free and open to the public, is located at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Hall 3E on 11th Ave. at 35th St in Manhattan.

    KT Tape is pleased to bring Dr. Steven Shoshany to the New York Running Company booth to help tape up runners. Recognized as an expert in the field of spinal rehabilitation and pain management, Dr. Shoshany has been a featured guest on the Today Show and was one of the first NYC clinicians to use Kinesiology Therapeutic Tape in his SOHO practice.

    Because KT Tape is waterproof and can be worn for up to five days per application, NYC Marathoners who stop by the KT Tape Booth at the Expo on Thursday, Friday or Saturday can get taped up for Sunday!

    KT Tape is used by athletes to treat common sports injuries such as runner’s knee, shin splints, IT Band pain, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and quad or hamstring strain.  It is the only solution that will provide pain relief and support before, during, and after the race—without restricting motion.  At the Expo, the KT Tape team will be available to answer questions, demo product taping methods, and introduce New York City runners to this revolution in pain relief and performance enhancement.

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  2. Don't Let Your Injury Scare You This Halloween

    photo.JPGHalloween is almost here and there is no better time to get out and train.  The weather isn’t too hot or too cold and the fresh crispness of the autumn air along with the falling golden leaves can make for some really amazing workouts.  So don’t be scared away by some spooky lurking injury.  KT Tape is here to be your treat and it’s no trick.

    Whether it’s your runner’s knee, plantar fasciitisrotator cuff pain or any other injury that has you frightened, KT Tape has an application for that.  Plus with a variety of standard colors available at retail stores nationwide and team colors available now in single boxes through KinesioAthletics.com, even the pickiest of goblins can find a color to suit their needs.

    So there’s no reason to be limping around like a zombie this Halloween season; with KT Tape you can be out there on the playing field with all the other boys and ghouls.

    For taping instructions click here.

    For a retail provider near you click here.

    For professional application click here.

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  3. Taping for De Quervian Syndrome

    DeQuervianKT Tape isn’t just for sports injuries.  It can be applied to treat a number of non sports related injuries varying from carpal tunnel syndrome to neck pain caused by sitting in front sitting at your office computer day in and day out.  With mobile devices becoming more and more a part of our lives, De Quervian Syndrome is becoming a more common injury. De Quervian Syndrome is an inflammation or a tendinosis of the sheath or tunnel that surrounds two tendons that control movement of the thumb.  It can leave you with a painful, swollen thumb with swelling up to the thumb side of the wrist as well as stiffness and trouble gripping.  While the cause of De Quervian Syndrome remains idiopathic it’s theorized that repetitive movement of the thumb is a contributing factor.  So gamers and teenage girls be forewarned, too much use of that game control or mass amounts of texting could have you end up with injured thumbs.  If you should already have abused your thumbs into a painful, swollen state there is hope, KT Tape is here to help.  Following are instructions by KT Tape expert Steve Baca.

    Cut a 2" I strip in half, anchor base on back side of the thumb just proximal (closer to the arm) to the nail. Extend the MCP joint of the thumb (joint closest to the hand), and flex the joint in the middle of the thumb ( with the joints like this, it will look kind of like a Swan's neck). With 50% stretch, pull the tape toward the forearm and anchor the base ONLY, do not have the tape touch the skin in between the two bases, it will look like a bowstring. Lay the base down. Now flex the MCP joint and this will bring the tape that was originally not touching the skin into contact with the skin: apply. Now take a 2-3" full I strip, with tension in the middle (like a bandaid) and apply over the painful area.

    For other KT Tape applications instructions click here.

    For a specific application not listed on the website you can ask a KT Tape expert here.

    For professional application and to find a clinic near you click here.

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  4. KT Tape at Marine Corp Marathon

    MCMlogoFor all of you in the Washington D.C. area, KT Tape will be attending the Health and Fitness Expo at the Marine Corp Marathon.  Come to our booth to get free demos, tapings, and free samples!  We will be at the expo on Friday, October 29th from 9 a.m – 7 p.m and Saturday, October 30th from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

    Come and check out what KT Tape has to offer and get taped up before the big event happening on Sunday October 31st.

    For more on the Marine Corp Marathon visit their website here.

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  5. Injured Runners Stay Tough with KT Tape at the Marine Corps Marathon

    MCMlogoOrem, UT – Oct. 26, 2010— This weekend, KT Tape will offer free Kinesiology Therapeutic Taping demonstrations and samples for competitors at the Marine Corps Marathon Health and Fitness Expo. KT Tape is the first-ever consumer brand of kinesiology tape. For years, elite marathoners have used kinesiology therapeutic tape for injury treatment, pain relief and performance, and now all runners can have access to that same level of support.

    The Marine Corps Marathon is Sunday, October 31st with the Health and Fitness Expo October 29th 9am-7pm and October 30th  9am-7pm.  The Expo, free and open to the public, is located at the Washington Convention Center, located at 801 Mount Vernon Place in NW Washington.

    KT Tape Advisory Board Member and Arlington, VA-based sports chiropractor Dr. Holly Moriarty will join the KT Tape team at the Expo, along with Marine Corps Marathon Medical Director Dr. Michael Moses. Dr. Moses, who uses KT Tape in his clinic NovaPain, will speak to athletes at the Health and Fitness Expo at 4pm on Saturday about healthy fitness and diet for marathon training.

    Because KT Tape is waterproof and can be worn for up to five days per application, Marine Corps Marathoners who stop by the KT Tape Booth at the Expo on Friday or Saturday can get taped up for Sunday!

    KT Tape is used by athletes to treat common sports injuries such as runner’s knee, shin splints, IT Band pain, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and quad or hamstring strain.  It is the only solution that will provide pain relief and support before, during, and after the race—without restricting motion.  At the Expo, the KT Tape team will be available to answer questions, demo product taping methods, and introduce Virginia runners to this revolution in pain relief and performance enhancement.

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  6. Show Your School Spirit at Chicago Tweet Up Event

    foamfingerIt’s football season, and the rivalries are heating up. KT Tape is here to fuel the fire.  On November 3rd, KT Tape will be sponsoring a Tweet Up in Chicago for fans to sport their favorite team colors and win some free KT Tape.

    The response to the new KT Tape colors has been phenomenal.  We recently started making all the team colors available in single packs as well, so it’s never been easier to show your team spirit.

    In conjunction with RunNerds, we will be meeting for the event at Rockit on Hubbard St. in downtown Chicago, IL.  KT Tape will supply the college colors (while supplies last), you supply the apparel, accessories and school spirit!   We’ll do a short run (no more than 3 miles) and the people with the most school spirit get their school colors (if available) in tape, bragging rights on Twitter for the season and other prizes.

    It’s gonna be an old fashioned West-Side-Story showdown, college style!  So come and get your run on and support your favorite college team for this fun event.

    For more information on the event click here.

    KT Tape team colors available at Kinesioathletics.com

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  7. KT Tape is the Solution, so What is the Cause?

    full legsKT Tape is perfect for treating and promoting healing for sports injuries, but how do we get hurt in the first place?  We found an interesting article from our friends at CoolRunning.com by Edward H. Nessel, RPh, MS, MPH, PharmD about understanding the cycle of muscle and tendon damage and recovery.  Read on for the full article:

    When you exercise, bodily movement vigorous enough to produce muscle soreness is causing structural damage to the contracting muscle fibers and their surrounding membranes. This allows for increases in muscle enzyme leakage into the blood, which act as easy markers for detecting tissue damage directly related to trauma. Inflammation usually follows quickly and surrounds the traumatized area as the body tries to protect the injury from becoming more intense by making movement painful and difficult. It helps to know just what is occurring when you damage muscle versus tendonous tissue, in order to understand that the recovery process should never be short-changed, in particular when tendons are involved.

    What Exercise Does to Damage Muscle

    Some exercises and movements are more damaging to intact muscle tissue than others. Activities that cause a forceful lengthening of the fibers (eccentric movement) will usually produce more concerted damage than those only requiring contraction since that is what muscle tissue was fabricated to do: contract forcefully.

    Another way of looking at this is: Abnormally lengthened fiber undergoes increased tension because the elongated fiber must endure an increased load-to-fiber ratio; that is, there is not enough tissue acting against a resistance. Conversely, a contracted muscle has an increased fiber-to-load ratio and can more easily handle the load because much more tissue is available to move a resistance.

    A popular activity utilizing mostly concentric movement is cycling. Compare this type of movement to activities that produce extraordinary lengthening of muscle tissue--running or hiking downhill, descending stairs, lowering weights back to a starting position--and it's easy to see why in eccentric movement micro-tears occur. This then begins a cascade of events starting with bleeding at the site. Bleeding adds leaked fluid volume to the already crowded area of swelled fiber tissue. Increased swelling produces increased pressure against nerves in the immediate area, signaling discomfort, pain, weakness, and reduced range of motion. An injured muscle also fatigues more readily than an intact, fully-functioning muscle.

    What Exercise Does to Damage Tendonous Tissue

    Tendons can become irritated and inflamed, leading to fraying of the fibrous material if they are caused to rub against hardened surfaces in a crowded joint capsule, for example, in the shoulder of a swimmer or baseball pitcher. An inflamed tendon then swells, taking up more room than nature intended in areas not designed to accommodate lots of tissue. Tendons, all of which attach muscle to bone, can also become overly-stressed and even torn from insertion into the muscle if too great a resistive load is placed on the muscle fibers. And finally, tendons can be damaged simply by applying repeated pressure against them, as with someone constantly leaning on their knees, causing the main connective tissue running over the kneecap, the patellar tendon, to become inflamed.

    This condition, from the constant pressure of excessive force against the knees, can develop in high jumpers, participants in basketball and volleyball, weightlifters who excessively and incorrectly stress their knees with deep knee bends and leg lifts at the wrong angle of attack, and anyone else having to endure the force of body weight transmitted through the knees against gravity and immovable ground.

    Tendonous tears, as with muscle tears, come in various degrees of severity. It is usually an easier road to healing if a muscle sustains a minor to moderate tear than a tendon. Muscle has more tissue to help it sustain a resistive load. Appropriate rest and physical rehabilitation can help the damaged tissue rejoin together, though scar tissue and calcium deposits can ensue. However, a tear in a stringy tendon, even one somewhat enhanced due to the adaptive processes in training, could much more easily produce a complete or near-complete separation requiring surgical repair.

    Very interesting.  So now that you know what causes our muscles and tendons to ache, remember that KT Tape can help make them feel like new again.  Visit our website for instructions, where to buy and professional application.

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  8. KT Tape Extends the Benefits of Massage Therapy

    nanhoferKT Tape is always innovating and being used in a variety of fields and sports.  The ways KT Tape is benefiting people are seemingly endless.  From skateboarders to marathon runners, we are seeing KT Tape on virtually all sorts of athletes.  It is also being utilized in more and more professional ways in sports medicine.  We received a testimonial from a sports massage therapist in Austin, Texas who has been using KT Tape to extend the effects of her massage therapy.  Read her testimonial below.

    1. I'm Nan Hofer of Austin Therapeutic Bodywork. I specialize in sports massage and deep tissue myo fascial release bodywork. I have been using KT Tape as part of my practice, and I've seen some amazing results from using these taping techniques post-bodywork. Kinesiology taping extends the effects of massage for 3-5 days and significantly increases the results of my work.

     

    Post massage, I rely on the tape's unique function of microscopically lifting the skin, which allows for an increase in the circulation of blood and lymphatic fluid. The result is a reduction in inflammation, swelling and pain. I have had great success treating frozen shoulder and rotator cuff issues, low-back pain and hip imbalance, IT band tightness, lower leg edema, carpal tunnel syndrome and other conditions using the tape in combination with bodywork treatment.

    Kinesiology taping can also enrich the desired neuro-sensory response, which is initiated during a bodywork session. Whether I'm dealing with a soft tissue condition that interferes with postural balance, a muscle-tendon injury, or fascial adhesions, the hands-on results are accelerated and the treatment is enhanced.

    KT Tape is a valuable tool to have in my therapeutic toolbox....one that I find I am using in more and more situations.

    Thanks for your great testimonial Nan!

    Nan is listed as a professional clinician on the KT Tape website, you can find information on her clinic by clicking here.

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  9. KT Tape at the Los Angeles Rock and Roll Marathon!

    imagesKT Tape will be attending the Los Angeles and Rock and Roll Marathon Expo!  We will be offering free tapings, samples and discounts.

    KT Tape will be at the Los Angeles Rock and Roll Marathon at the LA Convention Center at Kentia Hall below South Hall on October 22nd from 5pm – 7pm and October 23rd from 9am – 5pm.  Again this is open to the public so bring your family and friends down to the and see what KT Tape has to offer!  We'll have a team of experts in Kinesiology Therapeutic Taping ready to get you taped up for your 26.2.

     

    For more information on the Expo visit the Los Angeles Rock and Roll Marathon website here.

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  10. Article on KT Tape in the Austin-American Statesman

    KTOrangeKT Tape was recently featured in an article about Kinesiology Theraputic Tape in the Austin-American Statesman written by Pam LaBlanc.  Here's an excerpt:

    Jim Jenson, vice president of KT Tape, one of a handful of companies that makes kinesiology tape, says it doesn't take an expert to properly tape someone. The company offers an online library of two- to three-minute videos that demonstrate how to apply the tape for problems ranging from tennis elbow to plantar fasciitis and iliotibial band syndrome.

    KT Tape is precut into 10-inch strips, with rounded edges that don't peel up. It's perforated so it can be used in I-shaped strips or pulled apart into Y-shaped strips for different applications. It comes in a rainbow of colors, including orange for Longhorn fans.

    The tape can stay on for up to five days, depending on where it is used, he says. Feet and more hostile environments hold up just a day or two. It even stays on in the shower or pool, so swimmers can use it.

    All that sticking power might lead you to wonder if removing it is akin to yanking a stubborn bandage off a hairy arm.

    That all depends on your skin.

    Jenson recommends peeling it off slowly rather than ripping it off quickly to leave skin — and hair — intact.

    The tape can sometimes irritate a delicate hide and isn't a salve for every ailment, says Burnett, the chiropractor.

    "If a pain is persisting, seek treatment," he says. "It's like fixing your car with duct tape. There are things you can do on your own and things you need a specialist for.”

    For more information on how KT Tape works click here.

    Click here for taping instructions.

    For store locations click here.

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