What is KinesioTape?
Kinesiology taping (or kinesio taping) is the application of a thin, stretchy, cotton-based therapeutic tape that can benefit a wide variety of injuries and inflammatory conditions. It is almost identical to human skin in both thickness and elasticity, which allows it to be worn without binding, constricting or restriction of movement.
You would have noticed that more and more professional athletes use kinesiology taping improve their sporting performance. We use kinesiology taping in the clinic everyday with amazing instant pain-free or performance improving results. You won't believe how effective kinesiology taping is until you try it.
How is Kinesiology Tape Different from Conventional Strapping Tape?
Kinesiology tape differs from other types of strapping tape in both its form and function. Most types of strapping tape are non-elastic, and are wrapped tightly around an injured joint or muscle to provide rigid support and restrict movement. They can only be worn for short periods of time, after which they must be removed to restore movement and circulation.
Kinesiology tape differs. It has unique elastic properties that allows the kinesiology tape to provide dynamic support. This provides an almost second skin that protects your joints and muscles. Plus, due to its amazing elastic properties, kinesiology tape allows full motion of your body parts.
Kinesiology tape can be worn during intense exercise, in the shower or even swimming.
What are the Benefits of KinesioTaping?
Kinesiology tape has a comprehensive array of therapeutic benefits. Because it can be left on for up to a week, these therapeutic benefits are available to the injured area 24 hours a day, significantly accelerating the healing process from trauma, injuries and inflammatory conditions
1. Pain Relief
Kinesiotaping relieves pain through different mechanism. These could be grouped as either physical or neurological mechanisms.
Physically, the lifting action of the kinesiotape relieves pressure on pain receptors directly under the skin, allowing for both immediate and lasting relief.
Chronic pain can be improved via the sensory stimulation of other types of nerve fibres. In these circumstances, kinesiotape may be effective for pain that persists after an injury has healed or for pain that is above and beyond the injury severity.
2. Swelling Reduction
By lifting this skin, kinesiotaping provides a negative pressure under the tape, which allows the lymphatic drainage channels to drain swelling and other inflammatory cells away from the injured area quickly.
3. Lymphedema Reduction
Based on the same physical lifting principle, kinesiotaping can be very effective in the reduction of lymphedema.
4. Reduced Muscle Fatigue, Cramps and DOMS.
Exercise and repeated muscle contractions produces post-exercise byproducts such as lactic acid. Lactic acid can cause poor muscle performance, fatigue cramping and delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
Kinesiology tape can help remove lactic acid and other exercise byproducts from the region, which can assist muscle performance, reduce fatigue, cramps and DOMS.
6. Assists Weak or Injured Muscles
Taping provides both a physical and neurological support for your dynamic structures such as muscles.
- Kinesiology tapes unique elasticity provides passive support to weak or injured muscles. This can assist everyday activities, high level sport or even low tone children.
7. Quicker Return to Sport, Work and Play
By supporting weak or painful structures, kinesiotape ultimately allows injured athletes, workers and weekend warriors to return to sport, work or play quicker that without its unique dynamic support.
Decompresses an area of swelling and inflammation
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