Holly's Tri mis-adventures
I'm a previously unsporty 20 something that has been trying very hard at tri for the last 6 years with minimal success! I love the sport to the extent that I helped my husband set up 'The Triathlon Shop' three years ago and have recently started working there full-time having given up a career in accountancy.

I'm lucky to be in the industry I love and often get to try out kit before it is released. When I do get to play with fun triathlon toys I tend to write a little review about my experiences. I also like to blog about my pathetic attempts to train and the fun I have in the summer racing and supporting all my friends at races.

Needling and taping - my best friends

twiggyby twiggyApr 13th 2013
My blog has gone quiet again recently. This is for two reasons really.
1. I have done no training whatsoever because of my knee, a chest infection, and probably more to the point my lack of motivation
2. It is the start of the triathlon season which means I'm back to working 70+ hours a week trying to help at the shop as much as I can.

So I thought this blog could be about what I have been experiencing. That is an endless cycle of physio, strengthening, injections, needling and taping.

Firstly I'd like to share my experiences of needling and taping as a way of helping ITB friction syndrome.

Ive been pleasantly surprised by the results that a few needles stuck into your leg can give. It doesnt treat the problem but it certainly treats the symptoms. I have found that after an intensive needles session (I'm talking 15 needles up my IT band), I can reach around 15cm further when performing a leg stretch. In fact, I find I am considerably more flexible in my 'bad' leg than my good one.

Taping is something I'm still undecided about. I get how it should help my knee cap to track properly, but as my knee has been getting worse and worse on its own I havent really been able to test this theory out. I still keep taping just incase it is helping. I also happen to think it makes me look like more of an athlete than I actually am :)

Sadly, these methods can only help with the symptoms of ITB friction syndrome. To actually fix the problem is significantly harder. My biomechanics mean I have almost no motor control or strength in my legs. Sorting this out means many many bridges, single leg bridges, single leg bends and other exercises to get my body into a condition where it is actually capable of running. Its tough.

Oh, and its one week untill my first tri of the year and I havent been able to exercise in months. I'm determined to do it though. Damn you knee - I will crawl if I have to!
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