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You know I love my readers when I look like this early in the morning and I’m still willing to get on camera to help you with this. I want you to feel good. Do your own research but see if this helps I’m getting tired out for a run. So I thought this was the perfect time to show you the tapping method that I’ve been using to help stabilize my knee. This is gonna work for a number of different things.
At the moment I have a meniscus tear a little bit of an ACL strain and a cat, but this is the same idea in general. It’S helping to stabilize the knee and for me I have tried braces compression sleeves and the problem was. It was always moving the entire knee and I really just need support in a specific spot to make me feel better. So, for me, the tape is a little bit like magic. If I put it on right, I will leave it on for at least five days.
It goes through sweat. It goes through the shower and I feel good. My knee feels supported. There is not pain when I try to run or even just walk, which is why I really like it so much now. That being said, you might have noticed.
I said if I put it on right. It’S taken me some trial and error, and there are definitely days where I can tell I put it on, and it’s still just not quite right so be prepared for that. Definitely listen to all the information about the stretching and those kinds of things all right. First up, you need to make sure you are not wet. So if you’re straight out of the shower, wait till your skin dries.
If you have any lotions, you need to clean off your leg. You really want this to stick, because if you take the time to cut it and put it on, you want it to stay. I cut two strips that I’m gon na put here, so I tend to go with them a little bit longer at first. I think I was trying to conserve tape and I made them kind of short and it just wasn’t much support the other tip that they talk about and I ignored, but really and truly works round the corners when you’re putting this on and you want it to. Last for days, those rounded corners just help to make sure that it doesn’t get caught on clothing, which is gon na pull it off, and I want it to stay once the magic happens step one.
I found that for me sitting with my leg at a little bit of this 45 degree angle was ideal. You definitely don’t want to be sitting at 90 and straight isn’t really giving you the right bend in your leg, so I’m gon na take that first piece and what you do. Is you basically just kind of twist so that you’re ripping right through the middle of the tape? You never want your hands to touch the tape, because you’re oils are what its gon na make it stick less all right, so peeling back now. Here’S where you have to kind of learn about all this stretch so the best way to describe it is you pull till it’s totally tight, so they would call that a hundred percent and then I’m gon na back off just a little to what I would consider.
80 % and I’m placing it just below a little bit touching the kneecap and the stretch only goes right on that part that I’m sticking you want the ends. You literally just take the tape off and let them fall flat. So there’s no stretch on them and that’s because I only want the support right in here. I don’t want to be pulling my kneecap around to the side. Okay, first piece: [, Music, ], I’m gon na place this so that it overlaps and there’s just a tiny gap.
So I’m moving it down just a little again out to a hundred percent back to eighty. Now I’ve been doing this so much that I have tan lines on my legs, so I can use those as a guide now the last piece is much longer and I’m gon na run these corners real fast. So, for me, the pain that I generally am experiencing is kind of on the outside and a little bit of the front of my kneecap. So I’m gon na wrap this around the lateral side. But if you’re having pain on the inside of your kneecap, you would just reverse it and do it there if you’re having a general all-over pain, you can do two strips so one on the lateral and one on the medial side.
Now, for this one, the easiest thing to do is do kind of a four-finger from your kneecap so that you can figure out the spacing for where you want to place it to start on your thigh and they call that anchoring. So in this case, I’m ripping right towards the end and again I have tan lines, so I’m just gon na place it in the exact same spot. Okay, so no pressure there, I’m just anchoring it down really good. This is a two-parter, so part one. We’Re stretching all the way out to that hundred back 250 back to about 25, in other words, not a whole lot of tension here and I’m going to that spot where I was having pain so laying it down, get that tight now.
The last part a hundred back to 80 to about 70, and then I’m wrapping around and down just a little bit and again stopping so that the anchor is just laying no tension on it now. For me, the reason this seems to be working is it’s lifting the kneecap just enough that it’s not rubbing where I have some missing cartilage and it’s providing just a little bit of that extra support on the outside. I hope this works for you. There’S a lot more information in the blog post on all the other things I’m doing in terms of anti-inflammatories which are not taking drugs, but the actual like things you can do to get your body to start working on the healing. I’M also sharing a video on the physical therapy exercises that I’m doing to regain extension, mobility, strength and all of that good luck run strong friends,