If you are looking to give your knee a little extra support and stability, kinesio tape is a great solution. There are many brands out there but, for me, RockTape is the best. They even make RockTape H2O for water athletes and those who are heavy sweaters.
Below are two variations of knee taping (there are many more).
You MUST always clean the skin with alcohol. If you don't, the tape will not stay on. Also, practice applying the tape with different amounts of stretch. Pulling the tape to its 100% tension is RARELY beneficial; plus it tends not to stick as well.
Voila! Minus the wrinkled tape on the shin.
I measure out a strip that goes over the patellar tendon, located below the knee cap. Cut the strip, round the edges, and fold in half. I am make a tear down the middle, apply 50% stretch, and...
Voila, the wrap!
We sell RockTape at our clinic and use it in many of our treatment plans. if you have any questions, please let us know.
Stay tuned for more posts on kinesio tape applications.
We know exercise is important to general health but can it really help us live longer? Well, a group of researchers, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that, yes, exercise can add years to your life.
In a study of 80,306 people (F 43,705, M 36,601; mean age 52 yrs) it was found that those that participated in regular games of racquet sports (tennis, badminton, squash) had a significantly reduced risk of all-cause mortality of 47%. This was followed by swimming (28%), aerobics (27%) and cycling (15%).
Furthermore, looking at reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, once again racquet sports showed its superiority by significantly reducing the risk by 56%. This once again was followed closely by swimming (41%) and aerobics (36%).
It's that simple. Hone in your inner Pete Sampras, Michael Phelphs, and/or Jane Fonda and get to moving people!
The World Health Organization recommends 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity exercise (22 minutes per day), or 75 mins per week of vigorous-intensity exercise (11 minutes per day), and a minimum of 2 sessions per week of resistance training.
Let us know if you have any questions.
Thanks to Mick Hughes for helping outline much of this article. He is a great PT in Melbourne, with a fantastic blog.
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