About 6 weeks ago I started having some intense knee pain when running. I have been going through physical therapy and working to lessen the pain but I will have to take 2 weeks off from running. I will do this as soon as I complete my half marathon on May 29th. In the mean time there are a few great products out there that have helped me immensely so I thought this week I would show case them.
Today I want to share another great product that has been helping me KT Tape. When I started going to physical therapy my therapist started taping my knee to help teach my knee cap to move to the proper position. See losing 122 pounds has caused my body to get confused as he explained, and the way my weight shifts has totally changed. I started running and now my knee has yet to catch up to the changes. So I have been going once a week and getting it taped.
I started researching online and found KT Tape. It comes pre cut and the adhesive works well to bond with your skin that it stays in place for several days and through several showers/workouts. The beauty of this tape? It is light weight and stretches so you can roll it and curve it to meet your unique needs. I find the taping better than a brace because you can customize the support and target specific muscles. This seemed like what I needed to maintain my knee long term and so I ordered a roll from amazon in my favorite color of course.
I was surprised to see how big the roll was it comes with plenty of pre cut strips so it will last me awhile. It also comes with step by step instructions for injury related taping methods. If you cannot follow those they also have video instructions on their website. I thought that was great. Since I am in physical therapy already I brought it with me and had my therapist teach me how to tape it specific for my knee.
That is what I look like after I am taped up! LOL not the most attractive sight in the world but hey I will do whatever it takes to keep me running injury and pain free. Since I started running taped up I can definitely feel the difference. Each stride feels stable and supported when I am taped properly. I hope soon I will not need it as much but for now, I am trying to make sure I run with tape every time. And it lasts. I can attest to this. I typically shower twice a day and workout everyday. This puts a lot of wear and tear on the tape but it lasts for me a good 4 days. They come in many different colors too which is nice!
Have you tried anything like this yet? How has it worked for you?