Kinesiology tape is a thin, stretchy, elastic cotton strip with an acrylic adhesive. Therapeutic kinesiology tape that can benefit a wide variety of muscular skeletal and sports injuries, plus inflammatory conditions. Kinesiology tape is almost identical to human skin in both thickness and elasticity, which allows kinesio tape to be worn without binding, constricting or restriction of your movement.
What is Kinesio Taping?
The Kinesio Taping Method involves taping over and around muscles in order to give assistance and support or to prevent over-contraction. One technique gives the practitioner the opportunity to actually give support while maintaining full range of motion, enabling the individual to participate in physical activity with functional assistance. Another technique helps prevent overuse or over-contraction and helps provide facilitation of lymphatic flow 24 hours a day while applied. It is most commonly used in the acute stage of rehabilitation. Kinesio Tex Tape can be used in conjunction with other therapies, including hydrotherapy, massage therapy, and electrical stimulation.
The tape was invented by Japanese chiropractor Kenzo Kase in the 1970s. it can alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, relax muscles, enhance performance, and help with rehabilitation as well as supporting muscles during a sporting event.
You would have noticed that more an more professional athletes use kinesiology taping improve their sporting performance, prevent injury and allow them to return to sport quicker.
What are the benefits of Kinesio Taping?
When the tape is applied correctly, it achieves the last of these effects by lifting the skin to create a small space between the muscle and dermis layers. That space takes the pressure off swelling or injured muscles, allows smooth muscle movement and makes space for drainage and blood flow.
Kinesiology tape provides neurosensory feedback so that you do not feel pain/discomfort as much or at all, which then helps to activate the neuromuscular response and activation of muscles. it may help to facilitate muscle contraction/endurance it may also help children with low muscle tone.
It is also thought that this same principle can assist the removal of exercise byproducts like lactic acid that may contribute to post-exercise soreness eg delayed onset muscle soreness
Kinesiology taping can usually be left on for several days or 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.
How to Apply Kinesiology Tape
There is an art to application of kinesiology tape. You should seek the advice of a therapist trained in the application of kinesiology tape for the most effective techniques and what kinesio tape is best for you.
Precautions for Kinesiology Tape
Kinesiology tape should not be applied on any skin surface that is damaged or broken. People with the sensitive skin should apply a “sensitive skin test piece” for up to 24 hours before a full taping. If skin irritation occurs, remove tape immediately.
Your Skin Preparation
Skin should be dry and free of any lotions, liniments etc. Clean with soap and water or rubbing alcohol. Ensure your skin is dry before applying.
Wearing Kinesiology Tape
Wait at a minimum of 1 hour before wet or sweaty activities. Kinesiology tape can be worn during intense exercise, showering, bathing or swimming, and dries quickly after a quick pat with a towel.