Best Techniques for Applying Kinesiology Tape - Knee
Many of us will experience knee pain in our lifetime. Knee pain can be caused by a myriad of different issues that can be hard to pin down. It could indicate that our kneecap, or patella, is moving incorrectly. You might have arthritis, a torn meniscus, or any other number of issues with the bones or soft tissues that make up your knee.
The good thing is, kinesiology tape can help you with these conditions. Kinesiology tape has been around for decades, growing popular within the athletic community, even showing up on athletes during the Olympics. Kinesiology tape offers a relatively simple solution to balance the knee and relieve tension on your muscles, tendons, ligaments, meniscus, and patella.
There are many things that can cause your knees to hurt. This includes:
- Muscle imbalances
- Poor running form
- Muscle weakness or imbalance in the hips
- Ankle and foot weakness
- Poor posture
- Poor nutrition
- Overcompensation because of another injury
- Blunt trauma to the ligaments
These are just a few of the many common causes of knee pain. Kinesiology tape can help you reduce pain and inflammation for many of these injuries. Knee taping is a practice used to relieve knee pain and it is done with the purpose of improving knee support. This can potentially treat and prevent injuries.
The entire process is simple and involves applying kinesiology tape around your knee. It is placed in specific patterns and can manage your pain by affecting your muscles and joints.
Below is one technique explaining how to tape your knee.
Full Kneecap Support
Kinesiology tape is made of a stretchy, breathable material and this technique is used to help treat patellofemoral pain syndrome or pain around your kneecap in front of your knee. It is also known as “runner’s knee.”
Begin with two strips of equal 8” length.
Sit on a chair with your leg bent to 90 degrees.
Peel back the backing paper of the 1st strip and place it just below the kneecap on the inner side of your knee.
Allow the tape to follow the natural curve of the inner side of your knee up and onto the quadriceps muscle. Rub the tape to activate the adhesive.
Then, repeat with the other strip of tape on the outer side of your knee.
Kinesiology is able to stay on the skin for three to five days. You can always check the packaging for specific instructions and details.