The plasters on this sprinter’s chest might suggests she’s been in quite a lot of pain, but she claims they help her feel like she is ‘soaking in a hot spring’.
On August 15, 2016, DailyMail posted an article titled: That looks like it hurts! Japanese runner has sticky plasters all over her tummy… but don’t worry, she’s not in pain, it’s ACUPUNCTURE to make her feel like she’s ‘soaking in a hot spring’
Chisato Fukushima of Japan was seen running at Rio 2016 this morning with the patches which are supposed to stimulate acupuncture points.
The 28-year-old wore the EK-6000 tape, developed at her trainer’s bone-setting clinic in Japan, while competing in round one of the women’s 200 metres.
Speaking to Japanese newspaper The Asahi Shimbun about the plasters last month, Fukushima said: ‘It feels good.
‘It feels like I am soaking in a hot spring, and I can feel the range of motion in the joints of my body expand.’
Fukushima, who is the Japanese record holder in the women’s 100m and 200m, is said to use the plasters to improve how her internal organs function.
Today she ran the 200m in 23.21 seconds in Rio, giving her a rank of 38 out of 72 competitors – outside of a top-24 finish required to make the semi-finals.