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Product Pick of the Week: KT Tape PRO Precut Strips

The weather is getting cold. But that doesn't stop athletes and active types from enduring the elements to get outdoors. That's why we recommend KT Tape Pro Precut Strips, which are specifically built to withstand harsh conditions, such as humidity, extreme cold and extended exposure to water.

In other words, the synthetic microfiber tape can be equally beneficial to skaters, hockey players, biathlon participants, or competitors in virtually any other physical activity, indoors or out.

While standard athletic tape has been used for years, FSA-eligible KT Tape Pro is made from a highly flexible, elastic material that not only supports sore joints and muscles, but also lifts the skin to ease pressure on these areas, improving movement while reducing pain.

KT Tape limits your range of motion and constricts muscle movement to promote a speedy recovery. However, due to its ability to adjust and flex around an individual's body, it can give users -- from weekend gardeners to world-class athletes -- more support and agility during physical activity.

Full disclosure: Our staff loves KT Tape products, even for everyday use navigating the streets of New York City. It keeps us pain-free and supported through the harshest conditions, and through including showers, humidity, cold, even dips in the pool.

Each box comes with 20 precut strips of 100% synthetic tape. One hard plastic carrying case with twist on lids to keep your tape in good shape in your gym bag or purse. And the Quick Start Guide with step-by-step instructions will show you how to make the most of KT Tape, on any kind of injury.

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KT Tape Flex Blue/Black

Specially engineered to provide more effective, comfortable support for weak or injured knees.

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That's Eligible?! Can I use my FSA for holiday shopping?

One unfortunate reality of the holiday season is that we're all faced with extra expenses that we typically don't have during the rest of the year. You might need to buy presents for your children, purchase plane tickets for holiday spending, or dish out extra money to prepare big holiday meals.

All of these extra expenses can cause a lot of financial stress and leave people scrambling for a way to save some extra money. You might even find yourself wondering if you can use your FSA money for holiday shopping.

The answer is no. You can't use your FSA funds to cover the cost of your holiday shopping or on any additional expenses that the holidays might bring.

Why isn't holiday shopping an eligible expense?

Purchases need to be eligible medical expenses in order for you to be able to use your FSA funds. According to the IRS, an eligible medical expense is an item or treatment that diagnoses, prevents, treats, or cures a disease or condition. Your holiday shopping is money you spend for your own personal enjoyment or the enjoyment of others and doesn't meet the IRS requirements of an eligible expense.

What can it be spent on during the holiday season?

While you can't use your FSA funds to cover presents and other holiday expenses, you can still use it to help yourself recover from the holiday shopping season healthy and happy. Here are a few ways you can use your FSA funds to stay in top form throughout the most stressful time of the year.

Address your mental health

Long nights, cold days, and the stress of the holiday season can lead many people to struggle with their mental health. If you find yourself struggling, don't be afraid to seek help. You can use your FSA funds to cover the cost of an appointment with a psychologist, psychiatrist or a counselor (plan permitting - always check with your FSA administrator on exactly what your plan will allow).

Setting up an appointment will help you handle your mental health and leave you feeling better. With a clearer head and more optimistic perspective, you'll be better equipped to handle whatever the holiday season has to throw at you.

Some administrators require a letter of medical necessity to be obtained from your primary care physician, so check in with them before scheduling these appointments.

Stay active

Staying active can help you relieve stress, keep you healthy and feeling energized this holiday season. If you just sit around on the couch all winter and tend to overeat, you'll likely find yourself lacking the energy you need to tackle the holidays. So if you need new equipment that helps you stay active pain-free like orthopedic shoe insoles, joint supports, or kinesiology tape, remember that these items are typically eligible for reimbursement.

Keep illness away

The flu and other illnesses like the common cold can knock you off your feet during the winter. So be proactive and minimize your chances of getting sick by setting up an appointment with your primary care physician. Now is a great time to get a clean bill of health. And while you're there - get your flu shot to minimize the chance of getting and spreading the flu this winter.

Orthopedic Shoe Insoles

Insoles designed for anyone whose feet experience discomfort during the day.


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Share the spirit of Pyeongchang 2018 with KT Tape Pro Team USA edition

The eyes of the world continue to be on Pyeongchang, South Korea, where an elite slate of global athletes are competing for their countries in the latest winter games.

When watching this international competition, you might notice that much of Team USA -- across any number of events -- shares a common look beyond the usual red, white and blue. Those colorful, strategically placed strips of advanced support KT Tape are becoming popular around the globe for their relief and support qualities.

In the spirit of the Pyeongchang 2018 games, Team USA members are sporting a special edition of the 4-inch wide KT Tape design, in three distinct colors, with logos, flag adornments, and a little patriotic flair.

But the patriotic design is only part of why this tape is so appropriate for these winter games. KT Tape Pro Team USA edition is specifically built to withstand harsh conditions, such as humidity, extreme cold and extended exposure to water.

In other words, the synthetic microfiber tape can be equally beneficial to figure skaters, hockey players, biathlon participants, or competitors in virtually any other physical activity, indoors or out.

(Which is good, because there's been some pretty harsh weather in Pyeongchang.)

While standard athletic tape has been used for years, FSA-eligible KT Tape is made from a highly flexible, elastic material that not only supports sore joints and muscles, but also lifts the skin to ease pressure on these areas, improving movement while reducing pain.

KT Tape limits your range of motion and constricts muscle movement to promote a speedy recovery. However, due to its ability to adjust and flex around an individual's body, it can give users -- from weekend gardeners to world-class athletes -- more support and agility during physical activity.

Best of all, there are no unique requirements for getting and using KT Tape -- the same design used by Team USA. It is available over-the-counter, and is 100% FSA-eligible.

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How does kinesiology tape work?

Whether you've begun fitness training or just getting back into the gym after a long hiatus, you may have noticed the colorful tape worn by professional and amateur athletes alike popping up all over the place. But it's not a fashion statement - it's kinesiology tape! Let's dive in to find out how this FSA eligible item works and how it can treat common pain conditions.

What is kinesiology?

Kinesiology has become an increasingly popular field of complementary health or natural medicine that refers to the study of the body's mechanics of biomechanical, physiological and psychological mechanisms of movement. One of the fundamental premises of kinesiology is that the body has innate healing energy and is always in the state of active healing, but in certain cases, the mechanics of body positioning and adjustments can promote this healing process further.

A "kinesiologist" is not currently a licensed professional designation in the U.S., but those with training in this area typically have specialties in the fields of physical rehabilitation, human motor performance and ergonomics. Ultimately, the vast majority of individuals who consider themselves as kinesiologists are those who are specialists in "exercise physiology," or the study of physiological responses to physical exercise and the rehabilitative efforts to help the body achieve peak performance.

What is kinesiology tape?

One of the most common kinesiology products is kinesiology tape, which is designed to aid the healing process of sore muscles and joints by providing support and stability to these areas without restricting the patient's range of motion. According to KinesioTaping.com, through the use of soft tissue manipulation, experts can utilize kinesiology tape in specific taping techniques to allow muscles and ligaments to be stabilized to prevent further damage or re-injury. This strategy has become increasingly popular in the treatment of pain, rehabilitation, stabilization before athletic competition and much more.

Kinesiology taping falls under a wide umbrella of proven physiotherapy techniques, including joint mobilization/manipulation, minimal energy techniques (METs), muscle stretching, neurodynamics and soft tissue rehabilitation. Before working with kinesiology tape, seek out the assistance of a personal trainer or physiologist to ensure that you are using the tape correctly to treat a specific pain or muscle issue, suggests Mayo Clinic.

If you're interested in learning more about kinesiology taping, KT Tape™ is a good place to start! KT Tape™ is one of the most popular kinesiology tapes on the market, and the company has a huge range of instructional videos on their YouTube channel to help you learn more about kinesiology taping and gain the skills necessary to apply the tape on your own. To browse our selection of kinesiology tapes and thousands of other FSA eligible products, be sure to visit FSAstore.com!

KT TAPE Original, Pre-cut, 20 Strip

Get targeted pain relief that stays in place through multiple workouts for up to 3 days.

KT Tape Pro Jumbo Black Tape, Uncut

Enjoy the flexibility of being able to measure to your exact needs with KT Tape.

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Getting Ski Trip Ready with your FSA

As the last few weeks of winter are among us, you're probably thinking of making a trip to a nearby ski resort before the snow melts. Whether you're planning on making it a day trip or a weekend excursion with the family, it never hurts to be extra prepared. Aside from dressing warm and layering extensively, be prepared to handle anything from getting sick to soreness and bruising from falls and potential accidents.

KT Tape

If you typically have a bad knee, don't let that stop you from having fun out there on the slopes. Bring along some KT Tape to support your joints and get you through harsh cold conditions. KT Tape are adhesives that will help to provide strength and support as you go about your activities.

Back and Knee Braces

Knee and back braces supports are great at preventing injuries, as well as stabilizing areas post-injury so they can heal more effectively. Knee braces are particularly important for skiiers and snowboarders, as these joints see an inordinate amount of strain and can be the first areas that can be injured in an accident, so if you have a history of joint issues, additional reinforcement from a brace is a good idea for your ski outing!

Hot and Cold Packs

Treat all sorts of bruises and pain points after a long day of skiing with a hot or cold pack that's FSA eligible. To treat swelling and pain, apply ice for about 15 minutes at a time, then put the cold pack on your skin for 15 minute intervals as well. If possible, make sure to elevate the injured area to promote improved blood flow and overall healing.

Moisturizers

Injuries aren't the only thing to watch for out on the slopes. Keep your skin protected in the dry and often windy mountains. Moisturizing before and after spending a whole day out in the cold is important to keep your skin healthy and to prevent it from cracking and causing pain. If you have a medical condition, you can even use your FSA for prescribed moisturizing products like those used for eczema relief.

Mineral Sunscreen

While it may not feel like it in the midst of freezing temperatures, the sun's rays are still just as dangerous during the winter as they are during the summer months. UVA and UVB rays are still a factor even on cloudy days, so make sure you protect your skin before you hit the slopes. Mineral sunscreen is the best choice for skiing, as it stays active after being exposed to snow and sweat and provides broad spectrum protection from UVA/UVB rays. Also remember that sunscreen SPF 15+ lip balms are FSA eligible, too.

For everything you need to keep your family healthy this winter, shop at FSAstore.com! We have the web's largest selection of FSA eligible items to keep your family healthy year-round and maximize the potential of your employee benefits!

KT TAPE PRO, Pre-cut, 20 Strip

Support that will endure your toughest workout.

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5 FSA eligible products to avoid snow shoveling injuries

Do you live in a part of the U.S. that will see significant snow accumulation in the coming months? Chances are, you'll be outside with a snow shovel clearing away snow and slush, and no matter what age you are, this is a strenuous activity that could lead to significant injuries if you don't make the proper preparations.

As an flexible spending account (FSA) user, you have a unique advantage this winter in that your benefit can cover a huge range of qualifying products that can safeguard you and your loved ones from potential snow shoveling injuries. As the 2017 FSA plan year kicks off, here are a few products you can purchase with your FSA card to prevent major injuries this winter.

  1. Back Braces

Shoveling snow, especially wet snow, can be especially trying on your lower back and can put you at serious risk for orthopedic injuries. Overworking specific areas that aren't used to regular heavy activity can lead to muscle, ligament, tendon and other soft tissue injuries, which is why a back brace is a smart purchase for this season. Back braces can immobilize the lower back to prevent strain injuries, as well as limit the pressure on the spine by maintaining proper posture.

Check Out: Sportaid Back Brace with Suspenders Black, 32"-44", Med/Lg

  1. Cushioned Insoles

Slips and falls during snow shoveling can happen to anyone, and if your shoes fit poorly or do not provide proper support, this can result in painful accidents if you're not careful. Luckily, cushioned insoles are FSA eligible to provide additional comfort underfoot, enhance the fit of your shoes and lessen the impact of heavy activity during snow shoveling.

Check Out: Men's: Dr. Scholl's Massaging Gel Men's Outrageous Comfort, Size 8-13

Women's: Dr. Scholl's Massaging Gel Women's Outrageous Comfort, Size 6-10

  1. Vision Correction

One of the leading causes of snow shoveling injuries is poor eyesight, as some men and women may not be able to see icy patches and other risky areas before it's too late. If you've been putting off investing in new glasses or contact lenses, now is the perfect time to make a change for the better. Visit our Contact Lenses page to shop a huge selection of qualifying lenses, or our Rx Glasses page for a huge selection of designer frames and lenses. And don't forget our huge range of eyeglass & lens accessories!

  1. Cold Packs

If you suffer a bump or bruise while shoveling snow, make sure you have a cold pack ready when you come indoors! Moving from a cold environment to a hot space can speed inflammation and can make bruises even worse, so make sure you have a form of cold therapy ready to apply to the affected area to curb swelling and pain in the event of an injury.

Check Out: ACE Instant Cold Compress Twin Pack

  1. Kinesiology Tape

Heading out to shovel snow with existing muscle soreness or another injury can cause it to worsen, which is why kinesiology tape is such a great investment. This synthetic tape provides additional support where you need it most, whether it's a sore shoulder, knee or other joint issue. Kinesiology tape can provide the support and continued range of motion to help you tackle day-to-day tasks without pain.

Check Out: KT Tape PRO, Pre-Cut, 20 Strip, Synthetic, Jet Black

Sportaid Back Brace with Suspenders

Supports that help reduce pain and discomforts.