I recently attended a conference in Tennessee sponsored by the Ehlers-Danlos Society. I was encouraged to stop by the table that was promoting a new product identified as Thrive Tape. I decided to be polite since I so respected the person that suggested it, but in the back of my mind, I was thinking this would not be something I would be interested in using.
Upon talking to the woman in charge of the Thrive Tape Display, I learned that this was a new creation: Far Infrared Kinesiology Tape that targets discomfort. She asked what bothered me the most and I mentioned my neck as I had recently recovered from my second neck fusion surgery. I was experiencing brain fog and discomfort on this morning and did wonder how I was going to focus for the rest of the day. So, she carefully placed a piece of the tape across my neck and within minutes, I felt as though I had just had my double espresso. The brain fog was gone, and the body was raring to go.
My husband saw the thrill I was feeling and decided later that day to try the tape on his back. He had been experiencing discomfort on the back below the shoulders for some time. When he lifted his shirt for the tape to be applied, we all noticed significant swelling. The tape was placed over that swelling and a half-hour later, the swelling was considerably reduced along with the discomfort. We went back to the table to share this news. They lifted his shirt to discover the swelling was almost gone.
So why is this tape different from others? Designed as a safe alternative for pain relief, this product has taken minerals and melted them into the tape to create far infrared kinesiology tape.
Taken from their website, https://thrivetape-eds.com/pages/about:
- THRIVE “Far Infrared” Kinesiology Tape is designed to support muscles and joints with the benefit of targeted pain relief*, assisting in recovery from common injuries*.
- Thrive “Far Infrared” Kinesiology Tape is an elastic kinesiology tape made of a thin, elasticized 97% cotton and 3% spandex with an acrylic adhesive. It is latex-free, hypo-allergenic, and it is designed to be worn through any activity, showering, or just resting 24 hours a day for up to 2-3 days. Then reapply new tape if necessary.
Anytime we can find something affordable, safe and effective in helping us live with our discomfort, it is a win. I hope that you, too, will give this a try and not be a fool like I almost was and just dismiss this as typical tape. This is magical and may be your answer for relief too!
May life be kind to you,
Ellen Lenox Smith
Author of: It Hurts Like Hell!: I Live With Pain– And Have a Good Life, Anyway, and My Life as a Service Dog!
The information in this column should not be considered as professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It is for informational purposes only and represents the author’s opinions alone. It does not inherently express or reflect the views, opinions and/or positions of National Pain Report.