Kinesio tape is a thin, stretchy, waterproof cotton tape that is used to treat various injuries. It isabout as thick and stretchy as human skin, so it is a great non-bulky, non-restrictive alternative to abig brace. It also has a grid-like pattern which makes it breathable. Taping “can be applied inhundreds of ways and has the ability to re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce pain andinflammation, enhance performance, prevent injury and promote good circulation and healing.
A trained therapist will take a look at your injury, and make a taping plan. The tape can be applied with different tensions to apply the appropriate amount of support to stabilize the affected area. Since the tape is made of stretchy cotton, it is very strong. This provides support but still allows for movement. The certified therapist will put the tape on the affected area, and then rub it to activate the adhesive. The tape gently lifts the skin and allows increased blood flow between the skin and the affected muscle area below.
Four major goals of the tape:
- Muscle support: improves ability to move weakened muscles and reduces pain.
- Improves blood circulation: improves blood circulation by gently lifting the skin to allow increased blood flow.
- Stimulates healing: promotes healing naturally.
- Improves joint problems: increased range of motion.
In a rehabilitation setting, taping after a manual manipulation session can help stabilize the area.This can allow for the muscles and ligaments nearby to heal while taking pressure off the areas thatwere manipulated during your rehabilitation session. Taping may also help with alignment. Because the tape can be applied with different amounts oftension, it can pull on your muscles and gently guide them back into alignment. Having correctalignment can help decrease joint paint and soreness. Kinesio taping might reduce pain in certain areas. If applied to the affected area, the tape may pullfluids from swelling away or reduce tension that is causing the pain. The tape might be preventative as well. If an athlete knows that they have a tendency to need alittle more shoulder stability or knee support, taping before competition can be a wise decision.
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