In 2007, I was experiencing pain and swelling in my lower right leg, after backpacking over 2,000 miles on the Appalachian Trail. I was very fortunate to be treated by an experienced massage therapist, who had just received training about a new product coming out of Japan called kinesiotape. The public was made aware of this product a year later when Olympic volleyball star Kerry Walsh was viewed wearing a black swatch of this device on her shoulder.
Here are two shots of what the therapist applied on my leg, to reduce what she felt was either shin spints or edema.
My treatment was so successful that significant swelling and discomfort were completely reduced 24 hours after application of these taping patterns.
The therapist cut me a spare spider that I took with me on the rest of the trip, but I never needed to use it. Since then, I have hoped that I could have access to such a solution, and have it in place in my hiking first aid kit.
Enter SpiderTech. A visit to their web site lists the same kinesio-tape with 17 precut spider patterns for specific regions of the body. I found the same pattern on the site- “lymphatic spider- medium” for $6.99. While I haven’t used this specific product, I placed my order today, and sincerely hope that I never have to report about treatment of another on-trail leg injury.