One of my dear besties, Tina, used KT Tape for her shin splints during the Surf City Half and now swears by the stuff, so I knew it was a good thing to at least give a try...
My knee’s been bothering me a little bit lately, though I can’t pin-point where or what. I still wasn’t sure come Saturday afternoon, but after spending 13 hours in heels on Friday, I figured a little extra stability in my run on Sunday surely couldn’t hurt.
I had my knee done up – even with the exciting options of colors! KT Tape has some of the brightest, most obnoxious colors out there and needless to say, I’m in love.
So.. how does this stuff work, you ask? I had to ask too – I know it helps, but how? According to their website, “KT Tape is applied along muscles, ligaments, and tendons (soft tissue) to provide a lightweight, strong, external support that helps to prevent injury and speed recovery. KT Tape works differently for different injuries… Depending on how it is applied, KT Tape supports, enables, or restricts soft tissue and its movement. By stretching and recoiling like a rubber band, KT Tape augments tissue function and distributes loads away from inflamed or damaged muscles and tendons, thereby protecting tissues from further injury.”
Did it work? Well, I think so. I’m starting to think my tightness in my knee is more along the lines of an IT band issue rather than solidly into my knee. My next long run/race I’m going to look into KTing again along the side of my knee and seeing how it goes.
The only pain about this stuff is ripping it off after you're over it - they say it can stay in place (even through water) for up to 7 days! After two days it was tough to rip off and hurt like a mofo to get off even under hot water in the shower. Just like ripping off a band-aid... but worse. But hey! It stuck! They stick to that part right (pun not intended, but acknowledged. Ha!), and I can only imagine what taking it off 5 days later would feel like.
All in all, I'm starting to become convinced. Looking forward to the next time around and seeing if it aids in what I think is my issue - we'll see!
Have you used KT Tape before? Are you a regular believer?