First used by acupuncturists and chiropractors in Japan, today kinesiology tape is used by practitioners throughout the world to treat injuries and improve sports performance. While the use of kinesiology tape is often associated with athletes such as Serena Williams, Kerri Walsh and Lance Armstrong, the reality is that it is effective for the treatment of a wide variety of ailments, not just sports injuries. The tape creates a microscopic lifting mechanism which delays fatigue, stabilizes joints, prevents ring and hand burn, promotes proper form, and allows more blood to move into an injured area to accelerate healing and recovery.
Turn Down the Pain
The decompression effect of lifting the skin away from the muscle and fascia layers beneath it can reduce swelling and turn the volume down on pain. By allowing more space for the by-products created by inflammation to be removed more quickly, there is less pressure on the nerves and pain receptors. Effectively, kinesio tape interferes with pain signals that are directed to the brain. When the signals arriving to the brain are altered, it changes how your body interprets it, turning down the volume on your pain.
Research has also shown that the tape can reduce muscle fatigue. In rehab of an injury, this is very important, not only for the parts of your body that are currently hurting, but also for the surrounding areas as they help to pick up the slack for muscles that are currently not working well.
When someone is injured, fatigued, or inflamed, the symphony of muscle action that normally takes place with great accuracy often falls out of tune. This can happen all over the body. For instance, research has shown that people who sprain their ankle tend to have altered activity of their hip muscle as a result. Kinesio tape helps bring dormant muscle back to life and help calm down the overactive muscles. It helps your body coordinate movement as if it weren’t hurt, hence allowing it to heal properly.
Full Range of Motion
Unlike conventional taping, which prevents movement – kinesio tape allows full movement of a taped area. Through elastic properties and quick recoil, the tape can help distribute forces to other nearby areas through the fascia, ligaments, and even bones. Tape applications typically last 3-5 days and can be worn while swimming or in the shower. The tape is 97% cotton and 3% nylon, and the adhesive is a hypo-allergenic, acrylic-based and contains no latex.
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