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I was incredibly lucky to get tickets for the recent Pink concert at Anfield, Liverpool. I’ve seen her twice previously and knew I would be wowed by the show. I didn’t expect to be wowed by the fact that she was wearing Kinesiology (Kinesio) Tape though – and if it’s good enough for her, it’s certainly good enough for me.
Pink always puts on an incredible performance. She doesn’t just sing on stage; she dances and does gymnastics at the same time as singing. Some of the moves she pulls off while hitting every note in tune is utterly brilliant.
In hindsight, I was both surprised and not surprised to see her wearing the Kinesiology Tape (also known as physio tape) – in the black variety (not pink, as you’d expect). I was surprised because it reinforced that when I wear it, I’m not being dramatic, and it must do some good for me. And I was not surprised because of the strain and tension she must put her muscles through, it makes sense that she uses it to possibly help support her muscles, keep the blood flowing, and maybe even to reduce any pain that she has due to an injury or whatever. I just wish I could say that I used it for such awe-inspiring purposes as being able to swing through the air on a tightrope and sing at the same time. But I can’t.
I’ve spoken about Kinesio Tape in a few of my blog posts and how I use it to help my neck pain. I don’t fully understand the science behind the tape, but when I asked my physio how it works, he said the position of the tape on my back takes some of the strain away from my neck muscles and directs it to my spine. I’ve also had it in a slightly different pattern before – more like a cross on my back – which keeps the muscles in place to improve my posture.
I don’t use it as much as I used to as these days I find it really irritates my skin, and the itching can drive me crazy; especially as the tape is on my back and I often can’t get to the bit that needs scratching. My physio always says to take the tape off if it starts to irritate the skin, so I do.
I used to be able to wear it for up to 4 or 5 days, but now I can barely get past 24 hours. I’m not sure why this is now the case, but I wonder if it’s due to something in the glue, or whether it’s because the tape is a little older now than when I first bought it. I stocked up and have 4 rolls in – I wanted plenty to hand and also liked the fact that I had different colours to use.
Now I tend to wear the tape when my neck pain is more painful than normal and it really does help me get through the day. I still highly rate it, and because I am lucky that my partner can put it on for me, I save a lot of money by not booking an appointment to see my physio.
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