Feel The Support Not The Pain – Kinesiology Taping (Book Review)

I remember the first time that I tried to use kinesiology tape (K Tape) for an injury that had plagued me.

A week before the Amica Iron Horse Half Marathon in 2013 (which I successfully ran this year – check out my recap here) I had developed what was later diagnosed as runner’s knee.  I did not want to tell my coach about this potential injury because I knew he would have strongly “suggested” that I pull out of the race.

Being stubborn (and training all spring for this race) I thought I could get through it with a free sample of kinesiology tape I had received and a You Tube video that I found THE MORNING OF THE RACE (I know, not very smart).  Taping up my knee the best I could – which in reality was horrible since the tape was not long enough.

I headed to the race and did a quick warm up.  The tape was in place and my knee felt better than it had in a couple of weeks.

However as we runner’s know – try as you might you cannot outsmart an injury.  So, as I was racing along I ran through the sprinklers to try and cool off as the race conditions were hazy, hot and humid, the K Tape began to slowly come off.

It was around mile 9 that I decided (for some strange reason) the K Tape was unnecessary and promptly removed it.  BAD IDEA!

I will not give you a blow by blow but suffice to say it was some of the most painful miles I have ever ran.

In hindsight – should I have run the race?  Probably not –  BUT I have a feeling if I would have properly taped my knee – I would have been in a whole less world of hurt afterwards.

Subsequent to that race – pain, strains and various conditions have surfaced over the years and I have been smart enough (and in conjunction with physical therapy/chiropractic care/massage therapy) to invest in full rolls of Rock Tape and researched and reviewed videos on proper taping techniques.

But as many of us know – the internet is both a wealth of knowledge but also can be a huge waste of time.  Poring over videos to find those that correctly address K Tape techniques can be time consuming and frustrating.  I also don’t have the cash to constantly go to a professional to tape whatever strains and pains pop up during a training cycle.  I want to have step by step instruction on how to assist in prolonging the effects of the other recovery methods I already have in place.

That is why I was so excited when I was approached by the publishers at Ulysses Press to review “Kinesiology Taping for Rehab and Injury Prevention”.     K Taping

The book provides step by step instructions as well as helpful photos for the most common injuries and conditions that can plague anyone – from Neck Pain and Headaches to Ankle Sprains and Groin Strains.

To get a better understanding of the book, I picked out a out a couple of “conditions” that I have dealt with in the past specifically Patellar Tendinitis and Plantar Fasciitis.

What I loved was that a detailed description of each condition was provided to the reader. Many times doctors will diagnose you with “X” is without explaining the “how” and the “why”.  The book (although not very detailed) does do a good job of breaking for everyone to understand.

Each condition also had several step-by-step instructions along side visual diagrams, so that the “at home” therapist should have no problem replicating it.   While reading, I had no problem knowing the shape of the KT tape to use (Y/I/Fan Cut) or the number of pieces to use as this is clearly indicated prior to the step by step instructions.

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One of the illustrations on how to K Tape Patellar Tendinitis
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Two of the illustrations on how to K Tape Plantar Fascitiis


And for those looking to delve a little deeper –  author provides informative chapters covering Basic KT Tape Terms as well as Basic Kinesiology Techniques.  If you are new to using K Taping I highly suggest reading these chapters first.

Fast forward to today and my current situation.  I am currently training for the Lehigh Valley Marathon on September 11th and last week (very suddenly I might add) I developed a soreness and burning sensation in my calf – achilles tendonitis.  This self- diagnosis was confirmed by my podiatrist and physical therapist.

So – in order to prolong the effects of rehab AND still train I was told to K Tape the area.

This was great – instead of having to You Tube a DYI video, I just checked my new K Tape reference book.  Lo and behold – instructions!

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Although different than those versions I saw on-line I tested it out and you know what – it worked!  The soreness and discomfort that I felt over the past couple of days was relieved and I “almost” felt normal again.

Thanks so much to Ulysses Press and Aliana Kim for providing me with a copy of “Kinesiology Taping for Rehab and Injury Prevention”.  I will be adding this to my “Running Referenced” bookshelf!

*Disclaimer – I was provided a copy of this book by Ulysses Press to read and review.  All opinion (and future taping skills) are my own.

About the Aliana Kim  – KT Tape

With degrees in both Biology and Kinesiology, Aliana Kim uses her knowledge to help those whom have been severely injured.  In addition to her full time work , Ms. Kim is also a licensed massage therapy and published author, focusing on bridging the gap between biological sciences and overall health.  On her down time, this self professed science and math fanatic loves to run obstacle races which she finds challenging and engaging.

She is hoping that this book will help break the misconception that Kinesiology Taping works because of the placebo effect, especially because the rehabilitation community is split on the subject.  She is hoping that readers will gain a better understanding of what the study of Kinesiology is and what Kinesiology taping actually is.

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  • The key to rehabilitating your knee back to regular state is to start when you first experience pain. You should not try and “suck up” the knee pain that you experience. People who just ignore their pain will often find that it will get a lot worse as time goes on. No matter what you do, you should focus on trying to find a good rehab program to build up your knee.

  • Many personal trainers do take classes in rehabilitation after injuries, or in targeting weak muscle groups. In fact, some may have specialized training or certification in physiotherapy that may additionally qualify them for continuing rehabilitation after an initial course of physician-directed treatment is completed. But this type of training probably should not be substituted for the services of a therapist immediately following an injury, unless or until the patient is released by their physician.

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