What is Kinesiology Tape and how does it work?
Kinesiology Tape has grown in popularity over the last few years but it can be a mystery to many people. We've put together a brief guide to help answer a few of your questions
Kinesiology Tape was developed in the 1970's by a Japanese chiropractor, Dr Kenzo Kase who wanted to develop a way of assisting the natural healing of damaged tissue by encouraging lymphatic drainage while also providing support to the joints and muscles without reducing range of motion.
However, it wasn't until the 2008 Beijing Olympics that it gained international recognition and is now used for treating and rehabilitating sports related injuries from professional athletes through to fun runners.
Clinical trials have shown that Kinesiology Tape helps with the natural response to inflammation. When correctly applied, it will help alleviate pain and encourage lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin which in turn allows for a decrease in the inflammatory process for the affected areas.
Kinesiology Tape has several uses:
Provides support for weak or injured muscles without affecting the normal range of movement.
Minimises risk of developing compensatory injuries while recovering from injury
Stabilises the area without restricting movement
Relaxes overused and overstrained muscles
By accelerating blood flow to the injured area, speeds up the healing process
Helps to reduce pain
Reduces swelling by removal of lymphatic fluid
Helps prevent injury
Trials have shown that correct application of Kinesiology Tape can increase overall mobility in the affected area with a decrease in tenderness and pain.
However, bear in mind that Kinesiology Taping treats the symptoms only and not the cause of pain. Always have an injury investigated by a professional.
Application of Kinesiology Tape varies among therapists, trainers and athletes. We have put together a small guide on some of the appplications of Kinesiology Tape which can be downloaded HERE