Knee is designed to function as an integral joint of ambulation and is considered as the most complicated part of human body. In result to that, impairment your knees will make running painful, it will limit your ability to run or even preventing you to run altogether. However, it is highly inevitable not to experience knee strain from running often and running long stride. Then, what will you do just in case you are suffering from knee pains? What is the immediate treatment, so it won’t lead to any knee impairment? So for those questions, Kinesiology tape could be the answer. Here’s how:
- First, place knee in 90 degree flexion angle and anchor stabilization tape at top of patella. Then you need to create stabilization basket by wrapping tape around each side of patella, framing the patella. Use a gentle radius and apply little to no stretch tape.
- Lastly, apply decompression horizontally below patella by using middle stretch. Stretch tape must be in 50-75% in middle, with no stretch at ends.
WHEN TO USE:medial collateral ligament (MCL), anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), Meniscus, patellofemoral syndrome (PFS) and general knee pain
Knee- Alternate #1
- First, place knee in 90 degrees flexion angle, then cut tape vertically 3-4” from end creating an inverted V cut. Next, put anchor stabilization tape at mid-thigh and run inferior to knee, wrapping ends around each side of the patella. Apply little to no stretch tape.
- Lastly, apply decompression tape horizontally below patella by using middle stretch. Stretch tape 50-75% must be in middle, with no stretch at ends.
Knee- Alternate #2- Knee Spiral
To begin, place knee in 90 degrees flexion angle. Both stabilization tape anchors begin below patella.
- Run tape medial to patella, superior over Vastus Medialis Oblique, and ending on the lateral thigh (at Glute Medius). Apply little to no stretch tape.
- Run tape lateral to patella, superior over distal quadriceps, and ending on the medial thigh (groin region). Apply little to no stretch to tape.
- Apply decompression tape (horizontally) below patella. Stretch tape must be in 50-75% in middle, with no stretch ends.
WHEN TO USE: Maximum stability. Glute and vastus medialis oblique (VMO) activation technique