A few years ago I had a physical therapist who, after our heated pool therapy, would apply Kinesio Tape to my shoulders in an effort to (as I understand it) stimulate better posture within painful muscles and to keep my shoulder blades from “winging out,” a phenomenon that results from pain, worsens said pain. See this photo from a few years ago where my hot pink Kinesio tape was caught by the camera at a birthday party:
I was surprised that I liked the tape. Considering how achy and tender my shoulders are, and that something like a bra strap often feels akin to torture, I was surprised that the tape not was not painful but actually seemed to help prevent spasms. Unfortunately the taping ended when the physical therapy ended, and that was that.
A few weeks ago when I received a fabulously free box of AlignMed Products, Christopher noticed that the literature mentioned Kinesio Tape when explaining the similarly therapeutic “NeuroBands” within AlignMed’s garments. That was a hopeful thing to hear, because, despite the excitement of getting to try new products out for free, I was a little nervous that they would just be really tight shirts that made the pain from a bra strap feel like a walk in the park. (I’m thinking that saying was not coined by someone who had Lupus. I guess the Lupus version would be a very small, dark park.)
So since I got home last weekend from a visit to Washington, DC I have worn the AlignMed SpinalQ vest twice for a period of one hour each time (recommended use in the beginning). I wore it for two activities where I typically end up having especially bad posture – typing and riding my exercise bike. See me in the vest here:
As you can see from the picture, this product is so NOT related to the nonsense product being endorsed by the Kardashians lately. It’s like 2015 vs. 1817.
Initial observations: Wearing the vest did feel similar to wearing my PT Kinesio tape, a gentle but firm, constant lift and hold. Having proper posture for an hour of the day felt good, both physically and mentally. After a larger, more scientific-sized sample of sessions and observations, I will report back.
I hope your week starts off on a good note.