K Taping for Kids – Patellofemoral Syndrome – by Peter Roach

by Peter on November 3, 2011

Even good for Frankenstein

Did you know that using K Tape is also great for kids!

Take for example my daughter. Weeks ago she came back from playing a soccer tournament. Four games in 5 hours and lots of running around. The following day she was complaining of knee pain, somewhere around her kneecap. After an examination I believed she had a bit of patellofemoral syndrome, an irritation just under the kneecap (patella).

To quote my daughter;

“The tape really helped my knee. Since Daddy put on the tape it has seemed to take away the pain.”

This is only one of many uses for K tape to perform it’s magic. Patellofemoral pain is a common knee problem. If you have this condition, you feel pain under and around your kneecap. The pain can get worse when you’re active or when you sit for a long time. You can have the pain in one or both knees.

With a little bit of blue tape over the kneecap symptoms can cleared up in a few days to a week. Of coarse with children it is so much quicker. They seem to heal faster. But the effects are almost immediate. In the case of patellofemoral syndrome the tape can act as a lifter, if you will, drawing the patella away from the femur thus decreasing irritation. Then the body can heal. Irritation – no healing. No irritation – healing begins.

Benefits of K Tape

  • 100% acrylic heat sensitive adhesive/no latex
  • Stretches along longitudinal axis only
  • Thickness and weight approx. same as skin
  • Can be worn for several days, tolerates showering
  • Upper extremity lasts 2‐3 days
  • Lower extremity lasts 3‐5 days
  • Proprioceptively educates a weak muscle  (Arndt-Schult Law – weak stimuli activate neurological activity, strong stimuli inhibit) & Hilton’s Law
  • Reduces pain through receptor feedback (Golgi tendon)
  • Relaxes muscles
  • Reduces edema
  • Improves ROM

Ask me if K Tape, along with your Neuromuscular Therapy will benifit you.

In Health,

Peter Roach, RMT, CNMT, Laser Therapist

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