What is The Black Patch on Keri Walsh’s Shoulder? – Kinesio Tape
In the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China, Keri Walsh showed up to the Beach Volley Ball competition with her partner Misty May-Treanor, wearing a unique looking black tape design on her previously injured shoulder. Many people had never seen this before and mistook it for a Zen tattoo or the like for good karma during the Games. Some just thought she was trying to psysch-out her competition.The real story is that the “Black Patch” is a proven medical technique and offers a reliable alternative to pain pills, anit-inflammatory medication and steroid injections and allows the person being treated to avoid the complications. It is known as Kinesio Stretch Tape and is applied by a Muscular Skeletal Specialist or Sports Medicine Trainer skilled in the art of Kinesiology Taping. This taping procedure has been documented to reduce swelling of injured inflamed tissue, enhance circulation and stretch out the injured soft tissue and keep it more flexible and less prone for re-injury. One commentator quoted Keri’s trainer saying “Simply put, the stretch tape was like taking an Advil without the side effects, impact on reflexes or gastrointestinal complications.”
This specialty stretch tapping technique or “black patch” allowed Keri to compete at the top of her sport in Beach Volleyball in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games without the complications of medication or the limits in mobility, discomfort and muscle atrophy common with rigid braces. She was able to consistently stretch the soft tissue in her shoulder, eliminate swelling and reduce pain in her shoulder while competing for Olympic Gold with this simple taping procedure.
The key for Keri Walsh was finding a technique that works focusing on the area of the body where she needed help without having to take medication that would effect her whole body, dulling her reflexes and resulting in other complications that could inhibit her competitiveness. As one of the top athletes in the world, Keri Walsh’s choice was a reliable muscular skeletal taping procedure which she had tested in practice and chose to wear to one of the biggest competitions of her life. As her play demonstrated, with the tape in place, she was able to compete at the top of her field despite the injury.
In fact, recognizing Ms.Walsh’s new found competitive advantage, many of the other olympic volleyball teams began using the elastomeric stretch taping on their various injuries. In one semi-final match, all four players were wearing elastic muscular skeletal stretch tape to manage the soft tissue injuries which they were dealing with during the competition.
On August 21, 2008 Keri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor together won their second consecutive Olympic Gold Medal in Beach Volleyball. Keri had the familiar black patch skillfully taped in place on her injured shoulder all during a competitive and rainy finals match in the Chaoyang Park arena with over 12,000 dedicated fans huddling under their colorful umbrellas and ponchos and the rest of the world watching intently via television.
These cool wet conditions added additional strain to the flexibility of muscle, joints and ligaments for many of the olympians during these last days of the Beijing Games with devastating results for some in the track and field events, but not for Walsh and May-Treanor. This amazing athletic squad beat a strong Chinese team in the finals despite home court advantage, challenging weather and loud vocal support for their competition by a local patriotic fan base. Walsh and May did not lose a set in the Beijing venue or in the 2004 Games in Athens. Congratulations go to All the Olympic Champions in 2008, the Chinese for hosting the games and particularly to this remarkable team effort by Walsh and May. It was inspiring to watch!
Kinesiology utilizes the same medical principles as those employed with Carpal Solution Therapy. The difference is because of the unique design and specialized nature of the Carpal Solution you can self apply it in the convenience of your own home without the help of a specially trained Kinesiologist. You too can be at your best without high risk invasive procedures, extensive downtime, or the complications of pain medication or steroid therapy or the discomfort and immobility of rigid wrist splints. The Carpal Solution is a proven alternative treatment that works to eliminate your worst symptoms in weeks and put your syndrome in compete remission over the Six Week Protocol.
Watch a Video Interview with Ann, a Licensed Massage Therapist . Ann talks about symptoms and treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and tells of her success controlling CTS with The Carpal Solution. She then was able to regain her grip strength, train and win a silver Metal in a National Seniors Tennis Tournament at Palo Alto, California. Patient Success is over 97%!
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Muscular Skeletal Physiologists and Clinicians have been using massage therapy and specialty elastic tapping for decades to enhance the body’s natural healing process, relieve pain, swelling, inflammation and numbness caused by soft tissue injuries such as CTS to successfully avoid invasive surgical procedures.
People often ask, “Why should I have surgery to solve a problem with inflammation in my joint?” This is a good question. There are so many well developed and effective alternative therapies that can solve the problem of inflammation without resorting to, for instance, Carpal Tunnel Surgery. These techniques improve blood circulation and lymphatic fluid exchange which results in more rapid regeneration of damaged tissue at the cellular level and dispersion of fluids contributing to swollen fascia tissue. These Carpal Tunnel Treatments have been proven to relieve pressure on the Median Nerve and eliminate the pain and symptoms of CTS.
Most people cannot afford the time and money to consistently visit a Muscular Skeletal Specialist for a nightly massage or specialty tapping over a six week period needed to achieve the best results for chronic syndromes like CTS. Even though routine stretching exercises done consistently for fifteen minutes five or six times per day will also help to minimize the effects of inflammation, most people get busy and do not remember or cannot afford the downtime to do the stretching required to get relief.
The Carpal Solution was designed by a Muscular Skeletal Specialist to empower CTS sufferers to access the much needed nightly stretching therapy, cost effectively and on a consistent basis in the comfort and privacy of one’s own home. It would be difficult to duplicate the effect of gentle stretching for eight hours each night in any other way. As such, The Carpal Solution is a relatively simple, but remarkable, medical breakthrough.
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