If you've been watching the 2012 Summer Olympics like I have, you also spotted it. I saw it on the lower back of some of the divers. Then, I saw it on the thighs or shoulders of some of the volleyballers. I took more notice and saw it in various colors and configurations. I wondered what it was and why so many were wearing it.
According to Forbes.com, it's a brand of kinesiology tape, known as SpiderTech tape. It is applied to the body wherever you hurt. Well, that just got the attention of everyone in the world with arthritis, right? I mean, if it really works, you'd probably agree to be wrapped like a mummy with SpiderTech tape. I know I would.
I was beyond curious, wanting to know what's in or on this tape that relieves aches and pains. I did a little surfing and landed on the Spidertech.com website. The information I came across explained that SpiderTech tape is non-medicated. The tape is made of 100% cotton with a 100% poly-acrylic adhesive. The pre-cut kinesiology tape applications are called spiders. According to Spidertech.com. "the tape has a very specific elasticity built into the weave pattern of the cotton fabric, which mimics the elasticity and thickness of human skin, allowing it to integrate, support and stabilize without adversely affecting healthy ranges of motion."
It is designed for use with strenuous exercise -- and it's marketed for joint instability, as well as muscle strains and sprains. So is the tape a fad or for real? I leave that for you to decide. Perhaps the definition of kinesiology is a good starting point. In short, it's the study of movement. The American Kinesiology Association defines kinesiology as "an academic discipline which involves the study of physical activity and its impact on health, society, and quality of life." (Note: before the pre-cut version was developed, rolled kinesiology tape has existed for decades).
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