Today, there are many therapy choices to address problems involving patients and athletes. Many of the more popular choices are devices that give direct stabilization and support to the affected area. These devices do a good job of temporarily decreasing symptoms and pain, but in some cases, the side effects may outweigh the advantages.
The Kinesio Taping Method aka therapeutic taping is a technique which alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin using tapes.
Few amazing benefits are: increasing lymphatic drainage, relieving pain, correcting posture, preventing fatigue and much more.
What is Kinesio tape?
Kinesio Tape adheres to the skin with a medically approved, water- and sweat-proof adhesive. It also comes in latex-free and hypoallergenic varieties for people who may be allergic to latex. The tape can usually stay in place for three or four days even while showering or exercising.
Where to apply Kinesio Tapes?
The body areas where kinesiology tape is commonly used include – back, calves, elbows, hamstrings, knees, shins, shoulders and wrists.
How Does it Work?
It is the modality used in pain management, soft tissue injury, tissues and joints malalignment, and more.The Kinesio Taping method provides support to the body while allowing blood and other bodily fluids to move freely through and around the injured muscle. Kinesio tape stabilizes the injured area by tightly adhering to the skin and applying pressure to the tissues the tape is wrapped around.
Kinesio Tape allows the connective tissue surrounding the affected muscle or tendon to move along with the body. It gently allows the free flow of blood and lymphatic fluid to cleanse and heal the inflammation without the use of medications or surgery.
Five top benefits of Kinesio Taping:
1. Decreased Pain: Kinesiology tape helps to disrupt and dissipate pain.
2. Increased Circulation and Decreased Inflammation: The tape can help remove congestion while allowing efficient circulation of oxygenated blood and lymphatic fluids. Circulation flushes out irritants, thereby reducing inflammation and chemical buildup and fostering a speedy recovery.
3. Improved Posture and Muscle Support: Taping areas can help gently support proper posture and also enables weak muscles to function efficiently, reduces pain and fatigue, and protects against cramping, over-extension, and over-contraction.
4. Improved Athletic Performance: Kinesio Taping can prompt higher performance by supporting unstable joints and delivering slight pressure to “sleeping” muscles.
5. Supported endogenous analgesic system: The tape enables the body’s own healing mechanisms to work in the recovery process.
If you’re an athlete looking for that edge, a runner who needs knee support, or someone who just wants to walk without pain, ask one of our trained Physiotherapists at PhysioRehab Group if Kinesiology Therapeutic (KT) tape is right for you!