Your knees are one of the most important joints in your body. They support your weight and provide stability in many daily activities, from walking and crouching to turning. But you see, there are many ways to damage or injure your knee joint. From falling to chronic wear and tear, its complicated structure and lack of protection make it even more vulnerable to painful accidents and deterioration.

Knee pain can be debilitating and make you feel like you are robbed of the things you love to do the most. While you can't reverse the effects of knee damage or arthritis, there are ways to protect them from further damage and reduce your discomfort. Here are some simple tips on how you can alleviate knee pain in your daily life.

Go Shoe Shopping

Your shoes may be to blame for the inflammation and pain in your knees. Wearing shoes to match your arch support and foot and ankle stability/flexibility needs will help you walk with better posture and put less stress on your knees. Everybody has a different way of walking, so you may want to consult a specialist to determine the best shoe type for you. The best shoe is the shoe that addresses your specific needs and helps to support your natural walking patterns.

Shed Some Pounds

Obesity is one of the most common causes of knee joint problems. Your knees bear most of your body weight. Every pound you gain is equal to four pounds of pressure on your knees! Maintaining a healthy weight will not only offload the stress on your knees but also help you maintain a good posture. Staying active can also reduce your risk of osteoarthritis as you get older.

A conditioning program designed to target your specific strength, flexibility and cardio needs will help you improve a little bit every single day. The program should address important areas such as your core muscles, glutes, quadriceps and hamstrings, calves and the arches of your feet.

Some common knee-friendly aerobic exercises include:

  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Water aerobics
  • Cycling
  • Tai Chi
  • Yoga

Spice Up Your Life

Inflammation in the knee joint is a common source of pain. A strategic plan to reduce inflammation should include a diet that contains anti-inflammatory foods like turmeric, cumin, ginger, flavanols (apples, onions, berries), capsicum (red pepper) and increasing your omega 3 intakes (fish such as salmon). Natural topical gels, creams, and ointments and anti-inflammatory medication (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen) are also effective ways to target an inflamed area for relief.

Try Kinesiology Tape!

Kinesiology tape has been shown to relieve pain, improve circulation, and provide joint support. When applied to the body, the elastic tape recoils slightly and gently lifts the skin to create space in the joint. This unloads the pressure on underlying tissues and lowers the activation of local pain receptors, which means that you will feel less pain.

Kinesiology tape has been shown to promote blood and lymphatic circulation by creating extra space under the skin which changes the pressure gradient and improves the flow of fluids. The lymphatic system is responsible for regulating swelling and fluid build-up. By removing the collected fluids around the joint, you'll feel less pressure and, again, less pain.

Studies have shown that kinesiology tape provides adequate support to muscles and joints to let you move naturally and with confidence. Compared to traditional bracing, kinesiology tape is much more flexible and allows for a total range of motion. The tactile stimulation of having a tape around the knee will also help your muscles re-learn correct movement patterns. Kinesiology tapes are water-resistant, making them perfect for rehabilitative exercises that make you sweat on land or in the pool.

SpiderTech has Canadian made kinesiology tape designed with every user in mind. For self-application and the novice user, SpiderTech’s PowerStrips are the easiest tape in the world to apply. For Medical Professionals, SpiderTech’s Pre-cut Knee Spiders are the most comprehensive kinesiology tape product on the market. They are engineered to support all your patient's needs by maximizing therapeutic effectiveness, reproducibility, wear length, and are quick to apply.