From Melinda Carlson-Smith, Portland-based freelance writer and supermom: [caption id="attachment_85" align="aligncenter" width="298" caption="relief from Babystar the kneewrecker"][/caption] Who hasnt seen volleyball phenom Kerri Walsh wearing KT Tape on her shoulder? Shes like Wonder Woman -- an amazing athlete and a new mom to boot so you can understand that she needs all sorts of special pain relief and support to keep up with her crazy career. Well, Im here to tell you KT Tape isnt just for pro athlete/superstar moms. Im sporting some right now on my left knee, and its really helping a lot. And I didnt get injured on the volleyball court, or doing anything particularly sporty for that matter. Let me start at the beginning. I come from a LONG line of people with knee problems. I could probably trace it back for generations if people kept track of such things back in the day. My relatives were tough, hardworking people, though, so Im guessing they just sucked it up and walked it off as they say. Ive been using KT Tape as a preventative measure when I run, but I havent had any knee problems since it came out, so I hadnt really experienced the whole pain relief side yet. That was until Sunday, when I tried to stand up from sitting cross-legged on the floor while holding 25 lbs. of squirming toddler. Ouch. With my knees, all it takes is one wrong move. The pain was throbbing while I was at rest and sharp the moment I tried to do ANYTHING. So I pulled out my hot pink KT Tape, and hid from the toddler to tape my knee (that pretty pink tape is a little too tempting for her, so I have to keep it covered up or she tries to peel it off). [caption id="attachment_86" align="aligncenter" width="620" caption="we call her "Babystar""][/caption] I used what I call the runners knee deluxe an I-band below the kneecap and a Y-band around the knee horizontally for extra support. Check out the photo sorry its kind of crummy, but its hard to take a picture of your own knee! I also threw an icepack on it after my little knee-wrecker went to bed since I was lying on the couch anyway, catching up on a few of my favorite shows that arent kid-friendly. I didnt take any pain relievers or anti-inflammatory drugs. I have to say wow! My knee feels 100% better less than 24 hours later. Im leaving the KT Tape in place for now because
- it really does provide good support
- you dont notice its there and
- it stays put for 5 days anyway, so why not ?