A Sticky Solution

Oct 12, 2011
Outside Magazine
First aid kit

First aid kit    Photo: Mark Wiens / Masterfile

Kinesio-taping injured legs, ankles, and shoulders has been a physical-therapy ­mainstay for years—the tape effectively dulls pain receptors and reduces inflammation by stimulating circulation, while the placement of the tape fosters a healthy range of motion by reinforcing the body. But the most effective adhesion patterns were so complex (think volleyball star Kerri Walsh in the 2008 Olympics) that the benefits were usually reserved for the pros. No more. SpiderTech’s new supports, or Spiders, come in 17 precut patterns to treat the most frequent athletic injuries, like sore knees, lower-back pain, and strained hamstrings. The Full Knee Spider helps with patella alignment and increases blood flow to calm inflammation—perfect during or after a hard mountain-bike ride or powder day. The Postural Spider fits across your upper back to improve posture and relieve neck fatigue while road riding. And the Lymphatic Spider can be placed on bruises, strains, and swelling to increase blood flow and improve drainage, speeding recovery. It’s like an ACE bandage, a medicated Band-Aid, and a physical therapist all in one. ($7; spidertech.com)