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2013-10-04 3:42 PM

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Subject: KT Tape advice?

Howdy, BTers!

Anyone have any success and/or advice with using KT tape to help knee tracking issues?

My niggling pain is a little more complex than straight up bad tracking -- my VMO muscle (see pic) is super tender, but when I roll it out and massage it, the knee pain lessens or just goes away completely (though briefly -- it comes back, of course). 

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Bending the knee hurts, impact doesn't really seem to matter (swimming's ok, cycling is not, running on the AlterG is ok'ish). I'm int PT, doing stretches and exercises, etc. 

I'm at a discomfort-but-not-pain level right now and I have a trail race this weekend (my first ever!!). Not a crazy course, not very hilly, so I'm gonna give it a try and drop out if it doesn't feel good, but figured I could use all the help I can get -- hence, KT Tape, which I just purchased.

Thoughts? Advice? Thanks!



2013-10-04 3:47 PM
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Subject: RE: KT Tape advice?

I've found that a j-brace knee brace works a lot better.

but, also a lot more cumbersome to wear.

I started feeling the pain but was training for Boston, so I kept on running through my patellofemoral pain.  2 months later, I couldn't run at all, and it took down my whole summer.  I'm back to running again, and my knee is still a little sore, but serviceable.  Anyway, overdo it, and it will be months to heal- so be careful.  listen to your body.

2013-10-04 4:45 PM
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Subject: RE: KT Tape advice?
I have had several runners use KT tape for runners knee or improper patella tracking with good success. The KT website has some great application videos, and there is also a KT forum that has additional taping applications for topics not covered in the videos. Under the knee section, there is full knee support application that I have utilized on the runners. Do yourself a favor though, get the KT Pro, it sticks better and it more water resistant.

If your in doubt on the application, there are PTs and chiropractors that will apply the KT tape for you.

Good luck with your race!
2013-10-04 7:25 PM
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My advice is to use it only as a temporary aid to get you through the short term.  The long term solution is usually to identify the actual cause of your issue and correct that.  It can be anything from simple overuse (too much, too hard, too soon) to movement dysfunctions or muscular imbalances.

2013-10-04 8:00 PM
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Yeah, don't none of you fret, I'm definitely using this as a short term fix up. I'm just REALLY excited about doing this trail race, but if I'm not feeling good, I have no problems dropping out. 

I'm pretty sure it's a combo overuse and backpacking without enough rest between long runs. I'm working with a physical therapist and being diligent about stretching and rolling.

Also, I was intrigued that people used it to increase blood flow to the area (not sure how much I believe that works, but it was interesting to read about). 

I'll use the KT site and YouTubes to figure out how to apply it. Any beginner tips? Thanks!

2013-10-04 8:29 PM
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Originally posted by swishyskirt

Yeah, don't none of you fret, I'm definitely using this as a short term fix up. I'm just REALLY excited about doing this trail race, but if I'm not feeling good, I have no problems dropping out. 

I'm pretty sure it's a combo overuse and backpacking without enough rest between long runs. I'm working with a physical therapist and being diligent about stretching and rolling.

Also, I was intrigued that people used it to increase blood flow to the area (not sure how much I believe that works, but it was interesting to read about). 

I'll use the KT site and YouTubes to figure out how to apply it. Any beginner tips? Thanks!

I'm a skeptic about increased blood flow too.

I was at a conference earlier this year, where one of the presenters sung the praises of Rock Tape, demonstrated various applications, and gave us each a roll for free.  I've been having some problems with my ankle, so I finally taped it up about two weeks ago, and wasn't impressed by the results.  It certainly didn't hurt, but I didn't notice any improvement either.  Others claim a lot of luck with it, though, so maybe Rock Tape's site will help.  Good luck!



2013-10-05 6:17 AM
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Subject: RE: KT Tape advice?
Originally posted by TriMyBest
Originally posted by swishyskirt

Yeah, don't none of you fret, I'm definitely using this as a short term fix up. I'm just REALLY excited about doing this trail race, but if I'm not feeling good, I have no problems dropping out. 

I'm pretty sure it's a combo overuse and backpacking without enough rest between long runs. I'm working with a physical therapist and being diligent about stretching and rolling.

Also, I was intrigued that people used it to increase blood flow to the area (not sure how much I believe that works, but it was interesting to read about). 

I'll use the KT site and YouTubes to figure out how to apply it. Any beginner tips? Thanks!

I'm a skeptic about increased blood flow too.

I was at a conference earlier this year, where one of the presenters sung the praises of Rock Tape, demonstrated various applications, and gave us each a roll for free.  I've been having some problems with my ankle, so I finally taped it up about two weeks ago, and wasn't impressed by the results.  It certainly didn't hurt, but I didn't notice any improvement either.  Others claim a lot of luck with it, though, so maybe Rock Tape's site will help.  Good luck!

Rocktape is way better stuff than KT from a durability POV.  That stuff will stay on for a long time!  Having hairy legs is trouble when it comes to taking it off....

I was a pretty big skeptic about the stuff too until the first time I used it.  

Edit: I don't know if it's increased blood flow or what that made things better for me but something did.



Edited by axteraa 2013-10-05 6:18 AM
2013-10-05 6:28 AM
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I've used rocktape in the past to stabilize a joint. Works really well, but it's not a permanent solution.... you need that issue fixed.

I sprained my shoulder and torn a ligament a couple of months ago and rock tape stabilized my shoulder enough that I can run my scheduled 1/2 marathons. Cycling is too painful still though, even with rock tape.
2013-10-05 7:10 AM
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Subject: RE: KT Tape advice?
Originally posted by axteraa
Originally posted by TriMyBest
Originally posted by swishyskirt

Yeah, don't none of you fret, I'm definitely using this as a short term fix up. I'm just REALLY excited about doing this trail race, but if I'm not feeling good, I have no problems dropping out. 

I'm pretty sure it's a combo overuse and backpacking without enough rest between long runs. I'm working with a physical therapist and being diligent about stretching and rolling.

Also, I was intrigued that people used it to increase blood flow to the area (not sure how much I believe that works, but it was interesting to read about). 

I'll use the KT site and YouTubes to figure out how to apply it. Any beginner tips? Thanks!

I'm a skeptic about increased blood flow too.

I was at a conference earlier this year, where one of the presenters sung the praises of Rock Tape, demonstrated various applications, and gave us each a roll for free.  I've been having some problems with my ankle, so I finally taped it up about two weeks ago, and wasn't impressed by the results.  It certainly didn't hurt, but I didn't notice any improvement either.  Others claim a lot of luck with it, though, so maybe Rock Tape's site will help.  Good luck!

Rocktape is way better stuff than KT from a durability POV.  That stuff will stay on for a long time!  Having hairy legs is trouble when it comes to taking it off....

I was a pretty big skeptic about the stuff too until the first time I used it.  

Edit: I don't know if it's increased blood flow or what that made things better for me but something did.

Yeah, when I said it didn't hurt, I sure wasn't talking about removal.  I was foolish and didn't shave my leg first...OUCH!  Cry

2013-10-05 8:04 AM
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Subject: RE: KT Tape advice?
Originally posted by swishyskirt

Yeah, don't none of you fret, I'm definitely using this as a short term fix up. I'm just REALLY excited about doing this trail race, but if I'm not feeling good, I have no problems dropping out. 

I'm pretty sure it's a combo overuse and backpacking without enough rest between long runs. I'm working with a physical therapist and being diligent about stretching and rolling.

Also, I was intrigued that people used it to increase blood flow to the area (not sure how much I believe that works, but it was interesting to read about). 

I'll use the KT site and YouTubes to figure out how to apply it. Any beginner tips? Thanks!




Clean the area with rubbing alcohol before you apply it. Once it's on, use the smooth side of the tape backing and rub briskly all over the tape, with particular attention paid to the edges of the tape. This will warm up the glue and make it stick better and stay on better.
2013-10-05 9:05 AM
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I use it regularly when Biking to Keep everything Lined up and running smoothly , AT one time I used it while running as well but now the Doc wants me to use My M- Brace for any running at all. I keep multiple rolls of it in a assortment of colors just to keep it interesting
The videos will give you a good Idea of proper application technique's or in my case my physiotherapist showed me just exactally how he wanted it done.

If you problem isn't too severe It will do the trick Just fine,, jmk- Brooklyn's application technique is spot on, when applied in this manner it will stay on for 3 or 4 days even with a 1hr swim tossed in there

Edited by RRH_88 2013-10-05 9:13 AM


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