Kinesiology taping is still relatively new but you may remember it getting a lot of attention at the 2008 Olympics!
Traditional taping techniques limit the movement of a joint, so Dr Kenzo Kase in Japan developed kinesiology tape and techniques to help heal damaged tendons, ligaments and muscles but not reduce the movement of the joint. Some studies show that it can actually help enhance movement and endurance. It is designed to mimic the skin's elasticity.
How does it work?
Trauma to the muscle/joint causes bruising and swelling that puts pressure on the pain receptors under the skin causing pain. You then rest to allow the healing and swelling to go down. Sometimes the swelling persists and healing is delayed. If you apply kinesiology tape to the area it lifts the skin, creating a microscopic space between the skin and the tissues underneath, helping to drain the fluid away, improve blood flow and speed up the healing process.
- Can increase healing and reduction of swelling in an injury;
- Can help with weakness, overuse and pain in joints, tendons and muscles without reducing joint ROM;
- Can help with joint proprioception and retraining muscles that have lost function or got used to an unhealthy way of working;
- It may provide support, increase circulation, reduce pain & improve the way your joints and muscles work.
PLEASE NOTE THE USE OF KINESIOLOGY TAPE DOES NOT REPLACE REHAB EXERCISES YOU MAY NEED TO DO!
I hold a VTCT Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy Diploma and a Level 4 diploma for injury and rehabilitation. I am currently working towards my Level 5 in Sports & Clinical Therapy with Core Elements UK and completed the Kinesiology CPD module in May 2020.
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