Lauren Appleton is the latest talented graduate to join the band of Kinesio-trained volunteers who can tape away your aches and pains.
And Lauren will certainly be putting her skills to the test at the Great North Run Pasta Party on Saturday 12 September in Gateshead.
She and more fully qualified Kinesio volunteers, as well as Kinesio management, will be on hand all day, to give demonstrations, explain exactly how Kinesio works and to tape up Great North Runners who are experiencing any last minute twinges!
Lauren (21) is from Cleethorpes in North East Lincs and was lucky enough to receive her Kinesio training (KT1 and KT2) as part of a Sports Therapy BSc (Hons) degree from Teesside University. She is now studying for a Master's Degree in Physiotherapy at the University of Northumbria.
She's a great ambassador for the benefits of Kinesio. She has not only experienced its healing powers herself, but she has also worked with the Royal Marines during an agonising four day race and seen how much support and relief from pain it gave them.
Lauren says: "I played for the Teesside University netball team and badly sprained my ankle earlier in the year. I initially applied Kinesio in a web-cut effect to reduce inflammation and bruising. After just a few days the swelling had subsided dramatically and when I removed it, you could clearly see the white lines where the Kinesio had been and where the tape had removed the bruising."
"I then applied Kinesio in a supportive application to give stability. This greatly helped to relieve pain and eased movement. I was off crutches in a week."
"Last September I worked in the support team for the Royal Marines during the Lympstone to Poole Race 2014. It was a gruelling, non-stop running race of 88 miles which the guys had to do over four days. Some of them were in such pain they were literally begging me to tape them up to relieve their agony! On one occasion I remember applying tape to a guy half way up a mountain about 8 pm at night. He was so relieved when it was in place and ran off in a much better state!"