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KT Tape is highly effective for a large number of various pains and injuries. However, there are a few conditions when KT Tape should not be used.
One of the key benefits KT Tape provides is improvement of fluid circulation in the body. However, there are times when facilitating circulation of fluid could be harmful. In these rare instances KT Tape should not be used. Though the following is a fairly complete list, but should not be considered exhaustive:
1) Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT, or blood clots) It could be fatal if a clot were to break free and travel to the heart, brain, or lungs. Taping for a clot is very dangerous and should never be done.
2) Renal Insufficiency - If the kidneys are not able to handle the fluid in the body, it is very dangerous to send more fluid back to them. Taping any portion of the body during a state of renal insufficiency creates a risk for kidney failure.
3) Congestive Heart Failure This is the same idea as renal insufficiency. Moving fluid back to a failing heart can overwork it.
4) Infection Tape should never be applied in the vicinity of any infection. Moving fluid associated with an infection can cause the infection to spread.
5) Cancer - If cancerous cells are present anywhere in the body, taping can cause the spread of those cells to other areas. Without exception, tape should never be used with malignancies.
As always, if there are any questions or doubt about whether or not KT Tape is an appropriate treatment method, please consult a licensed physician. For more in depth information regarding injury treatment and prevention, please refer to the KT Tape help forum at http://www.kttape.com/forum/.
Information provided by Dr. Cindy Bailey
We are excited to have Isabella Bertold as a KT Tape sponsored athlete. She is currently training to qualify for the Olympics for Team Canada. She just competed in the National Championships this past weekend and now she's heading to Mexico for the Pan Am Games. Then she's off to training camp in Florida, and then she'll be competing at the World Championships Perth, Australia later this year. Here is her report from Nationals this past weekend:
"The entire week leading up to Nationals, in fact, all the way until I set foot on the plane to Halifax from Toronto Airport, all I could think about was how tired I was from all the training I had been doing and how much rather I would be at home in Vancouver recovering for Pan Am Games. Now dont get me wrong, I am an athlete, and thus I wanted to win, I just didnt know if deep down I believed in myself that I could win Nationals. It must have been sometime on the sail out to the race course that I looked around and not only believed that I could win, but knew that I would get on the plane home with the National title.
I flew to Halifax fairly last minute and only had one day of training before racing began. Admittedly, if I were to do it again, I would give myself an extra day, I had kind of forgotten the 4 hour time change when booking my flight... oops! Regardless I arrived keen to race and was all ready to go. Perhaps I was a little to keen to race because I started off the event with being disqualified from race number one for being over early, false starting. If you receive this disqualification it is not ideal because it is worth A LOT of points, number of boats on the start list, plus 2. Luckily for me there were another 10 races remaining in the regatta, and with everyone being able to drop their worst finish after 5 races I was not concerned with my ability to win the event. Every race that we sailed I felt more and more confident in my tactics, boat speed, and boat-handling. I went on to win 7 of the following 10 races, comfortably winning the event, and defending my title from last year.
Looking back at it now I think it was silly to have had so much doubt in my own ability to perform but this was a great learning opportunity for myself, one I certainly will be able to apply at future events.
At the moment I am spending some time training at home, getting over a cold I picked up at Nationals, and looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner this weekend! I head off to the Pan American Games next week and am really looking forward to this multi-sport games event. Not only do I have my sites set on a medal, but I am also looking forward to having one last competition to work on a few things before the World Championships in December.
After injuring my knee in October of 2010 I experienced many setbacks in my sailing along with frustrating moments. One of the most frustrating being that the kinesio tape which supported my knee while training and competing would often fall off within minutes of becoming wet. It wasnt until I tried KT Tape that I experienced the true benefit while sailing! The KT Tape stays on for multiple days of sailing and thanks to it my knee once again feels stable in the boat!
Due to the positive experience with my knee, I have recently expanded my use of KT Tape to include, when needed, my SI joint, and both of my hip-flexors. I simply love KT Tape and all of the bright colors it comes in!"
Until next time!
KT Tape Sponsored Athlete
We had a blast in San Jose. Thank you to everyone that came by and said hi and got taped up.