Of course I train just like the Olympians do, don't you? Well, maybe I log in less miles, eat a worse diet, and have a few extra minutes on my miles, but our healthcare is similar. I get regular Chiropractic care (which I'm sure I'll need to write an entire blog entry about) AND I use kinesio tape.
A couple months ago I decided to start running again after taking a 6 month break. I found that my knee was killing me after even a mile or 2. I happen to have the cutest, smartest, most gentle Chiropractor in the world :) and he suggested I try taping it. He started taping it before my runs. It took 3 or 4 runs for me to really start feeling the difference, but since the kinesio tape has been amazing. No more knee pain! Today I did a 5 mile jog with no tape & no pain. The tape helped my knee learn to stay in the right position. I'm going to start weaning myself off the tape, but not ready to quit cold turkey! I love it!
My stride was pronated (see the picture on the left). It's amazing how something happening down towards your feet can effect different parts of your body--in my case, my knees. I have shoes from Brooks designed to help with pronation, but it just wasn't enough. Nothing has worked like the kinesio tape.