Karen De Klerk - Kineso Tape Fan
"Make an appointment for Monday and
I'll strap your leg with some Kinesio tape to see if it helps in any
way". Those were the words Richard
Bricknell said to me when he overheard me telling a friend I was considering
not competing in my first ever marathon because of constant knee pain whilst running.
After completing the
marathon in June my husband and I decided to enter the Liverpool Marathon which
would take place on 9 October.
Training was going well until middle July
when, during a 56 mile cycle challenge, I
experienced pain in my left knee which did not go away, even after resting it
for a few weeks. My personal trainer,
Chris Barker (MyLife Personal Training), identified the injury as Iliotibial band syndrome (IT band). Numerous stretching exercises and massages were done in the ensuing
months in an attempt to loosen my IT band.
My running schedule had become erratic as one day I would be able to run
8 miles with little or no pain, the next day I would barely be able to run 2
miles. As I had an entry for the
Bristol half marathon in
September I was keen to run in it. I
somehow managed to finish the half marathon even though I experienced knee pain
after 4 miles. I limped my way round and
finished, in my view, in a respectable 2hr1min.
My knee pain persisted well after the event and consequently my running
schedule went to pot. I did not run for
two weeks. This got me worried as the
Liverpool marathon was only two weeks away.
before Richard overheard my conversation I had struggled to run 4 miles because
of my knee pain. There was only a week
left to the marathon start date. Richard
explained that the Kinesio tape was a new technology used to treat orthopaedic,
neuromuscular, neurological and medical conditions. It was designed to facilitate the body's
natural healing process whilst allowing support and stability to muscles and
joints. It sounded good and the promise
of a short term fix got my attention as I was really keen to run a marathon
this year. Richard taped my left leg,
from above my hip all the way down to below my knee. My leg looked quite colourful, with the blue
and pink tape strategically positioned.
I went for a run that night and ran 6 miles with no pain. I felt optimistic.
I had my
leg re-taped on the Friday before the marathon as we were travelling from
Liverpool on the Saturday. Although I knew I was fairly fit, I had not
run more than 13 miles in training. I
did not know how far I could run before my knee would give in. The marathon started and although I was
feeling tired by 13 miles my knee was holding out. The first time I experienced constant knee
pain was at 21 miles. I was pleased that
my knee had held out for so long. The
remaining 5 miles were painful but I knew I could finish. I shuffled along the last 5 miles but still
managed to finish in a time of 4hrs41mins.
I was exhausted and in pain, struggling to walk but thanking the Kinesio
tape all the way. I am without a doubt
that the Kinesio tape supported and stabilised my IT band, enabling me to run
further before experiencing discomfort.
Consequently, on the basis of my experience of Kinesio tape, I would
recommend it as a short term option to anyone who sustains an injury shortly
prior to a big event.
thank you to Richard and his team.