Summer takes on different meanings for different people. Maybe your definition of summer is a hammock and a Pina Colada in your hand. Maybe its poolside with a book. Or maybe its pick-up ultimate frisbee games and football at the beach. If this sporty, exhilarating idea of summer is yours, then you might be familiar with the sports injuries that come from going from cubicle to QB way too fast.
Listen, we've all been there. Who needs to warm up? You're sure you can make that pass... One more rep on the weight...twist a little faster to tackle. Next thing you know, you pulled some muscle you didn't even know existed. Vastus Intermedius?! Can't you just say thigh muscle?! These pulls and muscle knots can be painful and, if not treated, can lead to further damage. If your injury is serious, seek medical help immediately. If you feel sore and strain, it could be that you just didn't warm up enough. Don't let these injuries tape you down, tape THEM down first.
The first time I ever saw kinesiology therapeutic tape was when I ran my first half-marathon. A few runners had some tape on their calves, some on their arms (which get tired from pumping as momentum), and even on their thighs. How come some runners have "stickers"? Yup, I was a clueless newbie. But after that race, I got first hand knowledge at just how sore and tired your muscles can get. KT tape helps prevent and support injuries from sports and muscle exhaustion. Similar to compression stockings, KT Tape helps with circulation and recovery. This stretchy tape adheres strongly to your skin to withstand outdoor heat, sweat, water, and is flexible to move with your body during your activities. From experience, this tape is comfortable to wear and I forgot I was wearing it. But, the strong adhesive means that it is difficult to take off when you're ready to shed the tape. Use baby oil and the tape comes off easily. Without baby oil...congratulations, you just got waxed.
If you're looking forward to some outdoor activities, getting ready for a fun run, or you're already experiencing muscle soreness, stop by GoodPill pharmacy. We offer a selection of different brands, and different colors ::cough PINK cough:: for you to pick out. Take some time to speak with our knowledgeable staff that will walk you through the CORRECT way to apply the tape depending on the area and muscle you're trying to target. If you don't apply it correctly, you won't be doing much to support your muscles. Our brands, Strength Tape, Mueller, and KT Tape, all come with the same great adhesive abilities and are precut. This makes it even easier to use when you're in the middle of your activity or on the run. The sizes are generous to encompass the most common areas you would need to tape up. Shoulder, forearm, wrist, calves, tennis elbow, knee, hamstring. This tape has you covered!
Do yourself a favor. Sunscreen, hydration, TAPE. Don't let a sports injury keep you from all fun and stress free activities of the summer.