Body Focus –  Knees

Knee pain while quite common, ranges from nagging annoyance to debilitating. A lot of things can trigger knee discomfort and pain. The causes can be as serious as sudden trauma, misalignment of the joint, degeneration, or the result of putting too much pressure on the joint. The key to alleviating the pain is finding the cause and reducing inflammation.

Since knee pain is often caused by or exacerbated by INFLAMMATION. Whether a joint is overused or worse, inflammation and swelling are likely. Additionally, when a joint is stressed or in a weakened state, additional support is beneficial and can prevent further damage and re-injury.

When knee pain arises and the desired effect is the reduction of inflammation and additional joint support, CannaTape Sport tape achieves all this by addressing exercise-induced inflammation of the soft muscle tissue where 90% of athletic injuries occur. By targeting our formula’s CBD (from industrial hemp) benefits through the use of Kinesiology tape, this application method helps to increase blood flow and provides added stability, while the cooling sensation of menthol and pure peppermint oil work to help relieve minor aches and pains.

 

CannaTape Sport Fights inflammation and knee pain with CBD and Kinesiology Tape

 

The knee is the largest joint and one of the most important in the body. It plays an essential role in movement, carrying body weight in horizontal (running and walking) and vertical (jumping and pushing off) directions.

The most common knee disorder is generally known as patellofemoral syndrome. The majority of minor cases of knee pain can be treated at home with rest and ice but more serious injuries do require surgical care.

Knee pain isn’t unique to elite athletes, as many people deal with knee issues and pain at one time or another. Some tips to help prevent knee injuries and pain are

  • Maintaining a healthy weight –  – because the knee is a weight-bearing joint, the overstress caused by carrying excess weight can compress or break down the fluids and soft tissues that cushion the joint.
  • Strengthen and stretching the quadriceps and hamstrings – the knee is a complex joint, that relies on the strength of surrounding muscles to offer support. So it is important to maintain the condition and flexibility of the entire leg. 
  • Add low-impact aerobic exercise to strengthen muscles without putting stress on the knee. Repeated pounding of exercises like jogging or court sports are hard on knee joints. Mixing up these exercises or even replacing them with swimming or cycling can be a good option.
  • Wearing knee pads if your chosen exercise requires you to stress your knee joints, or if you kneel in your regular everyday work.

CannaTape Sport is the best inflammation and pain fighting CBD Kinesiology tape

Where does CannaTape Sport come into the picture? 

Life’s disruptions due to pain or injury can be frustrating. Current household remedies such as ice, elevation, compression, and rest often involve a long recovery period. Alternatively, reliance on over-the-counter medications (e.g. NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen) or prescribed products (e.g. corticosteroids such as cortisone) while effective... can lead to well-documented adverse side effects.

But our CBD + Kinesiology tape provides an all-natural product that combined with our transdermal formula (patent pending) helps deliver pain relief right to where you need it most. The cooling sensation of menthol and the refreshing scent of peppermint oil help relieve aches and pains. We are able to target our product with the Kinesiology tape which is proven to increase blood flow and provide added stability. Lastly, prevention is really your best option. So, regularly applying CannaTape Sport before and after exercise is an excellent course of action if you occasionally suffer from, or are trying to prevent, knee pain. 

CannaTape Sport is ideal, when correctly applied, for knee pain. Our products provide relief and help the body find a path to recovery.

Check out our expanded CannaTape Sport application instructions and don’t forget: always consult with your doctor or health care provider when you are experiencing pain and before beginning any remedy.

How to apply:

From a seated position bend the knee at a 30-degree angle. Anchor a single strip of CannaTape Sport tape below the knee, above the inner shin just to the inside of the knee. Wrap the tape upward around the lateral (outside) side of the knee. Avoid stretching the first and the last 2 inches of the tape’s end. This ensures a secure bond with the skin, creating a solid anchor point without losing adhesion or pulling on the skin.

For the most effective CannaTape Sport tape tension, stretch to the desired application area and then release 20% of the tension of the tape before application. This ensures the tape will provide proper bond and tension during all positions of movement.

To create a well-bonded stretch, use your thumb and/or index finger applying pressure evenly across the length of each applied strip of tape, sliding upward along the spine.

STEP 1

CannaTape Sport Kinesiology Tape Knee taping instructions Step 1

From a seated position bend the knee at a 30-degree angle. Anchor a single strip of CannaTape Sport tape below the knee, above the inner shin just to the inside of the knee. Wrap the tape upward around the lateral (outside) side of the knee. Avoid stretching the first and the last 2 inches of the tape’s end. This ensures a secure bond with the skin, creating a solid anchor point without losing adhesion or pulling on the skin.

For the most effective CannaTape Sport tape tension, stretch to the desired application area and then release 20% of the tension of the tape before application. This ensures the tape will provide proper bond and tension during all positions of movement.

To create a well-bonded stretch, use your thumb and/or index finger applying pressure evenly across the length of each applied strip of tape, sliding upward along the knee.

STEP 2

CannaTape Sport Kinesiology Tape Knee taping instructions Step 2

Remaining in the 30-degree bent position, repeat this application on the other side of the knee. The ends of the tape will overlap at the top and bottom of the knee, leaving the knee cap open to the air.

Because our adhesive is heat-activated, for an even and firm adhesion, rub tape vigorously on the skin for 10-15 seconds with fingers or the palm. In some cases, applying targeted air using a warm (not hot) setting from a hairdryer can prove effective for creating additional warmth.

STEP 3

CannaTape Sport Kinesiology Tape Knee taping instructions Step 3

Once the first two tape applications are secure to the skin, apply a third strip horizontally below the knee above the shin and over the two previously applied strips. Remember to anchor the first 2 inches then stretch the tape and release 20% as you press the tape down around the knee. Release all tension in the last two inches. In some applications, you can cut the tape short to match the circumference of the leg - leaving a slight gap for increased circulation. Follow by rubbing the tape warming adhesive for a secure bond, especially at corners.

Once applied, CannaTape Sport tape can remain in place and continue to be effective for up to 3 - 4 days before you need to replace it. If the corners lose bond from the skin, simply trim the loose tape with scissors and rub the remaining tape back onto the skin.

For some hard-to-reach areas of the body (like the back or shoulder), working with a partner to apply tape will ensure a more effective application.

Note: CannaTape Sport has a formula including Vitamin E and Tea Tree Oil that aids in skin health, so prolonged use is easy on skin.

For information about safe and pain-free removal, please refer to our Pro Tips removal page. 

Follow these instructions and you are well on your way to knee pain relief and healing.

If you found this newsletter helpful, and think a friend or family member might be suffering from knee pain, feel free to pass this along to them. We think it's worth spreading the news!


Photos by Munbaik Cycling Clothing , Kate Trifo on Unsplash
Written by Sean Malloy

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