Kinesiology taping is a type of treatment that may be used for a variety of different pains and problems. It can be used on both athletes and non-athletes.
Kinesiology Taping is a more practical choice for treating people of all ages with medical conditions because it doesn’t restrict movement.
Unlike traditional athletic tape, kinesiology tape is made out of elastic fibers which make it versatile and easier to use than the traditional type. The elasticity in this product permits different tensions to be applied depending on the injury and tissue being treated.
As a result of its flexibility, kinesiology tape supports your body as it heals naturally without limiting mobility.
What is Kinesiology Taping?
Kinesiology taping is a non-invasive treatment used by physiotherapists and other healthcare professionals to treat injuries or improve performance. Kinesiology tape is an elastic tape that can help reduce pain and inflammation, range of motion, and promote faster rehabilitation.
Kinesiology taping is the application of kinesiology tape in an effective way to reduce pain and improve function in the short term. It has been shown to help with post-operative rehabilitation after surgery, as well as a wide variety of sports injuries and chronic conditions such as achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, sprained ankles etc.
Why Should I Get My Body Taped?
Taping works by reducing swelling and helping to promote blood flow. People often like to tape because they believe it reduces pain and allows them to perform at their best.
The tape acts like a ‘hug’ for the area it is applied to. You can find pain relief and comfort with the tape on, which can increase your performance.
By using kinesiology tape you can continue to exercise. It can also help to relieve muscle spasms and stiffness. Many athletes use this technique before a game or practice to help prepare their muscles for the upcoming event.
How Does Kinesiology Taping Work?
Kinesiology taping works by doing a few important things for your body. It can affect the sensation on your skin of your affected body part, which changes how your brain perceives movement, resulting in improved muscle function and activity.
When you have an injury, the muscles surrounding the affected area begin to tighten up in order to protect themselves. This causes inflammation and swelling which makes the injury more painful. By applying taping to the affected area, it will provide extra support and stability to the area so that the surrounding muscles do not need to tighten up as much.
The elasticity of the tape can also help raise the skin off the injured area to reduce swelling and promote blood circulation to stimulate healing and recovery. In addition, the elasticity can assist weakened muscles and reduce spasm in over active muscles promoting improved biomechanics and posture.
Main Benefits of Kinesiology Taping
Treatment of Injuries
A physiotherapist may use kinesiology taping as a treatment option for injuries. This method helps to decrease inflammation and swelling, increase range of motion, and promote healing. It’s a great tool for athletes who want to avoid using medication or irritation during practice.
Providing Support to Weak Zones
In addition, kinesiology tape can be used to provide additional support to muscles or joints that require it. Kinesiology taping may be helpful if you suffer from patellofemoral stress syndrome, IT band friction syndrome, or achilles tendonitis.
By using kinesiology tape, you can retrain muscles that have decreased function or that have become accustomed to decreasing your performance. Some physiotherapists
suggest that this is the result of having the strange sensation of tape on your skin, which may make you more aware of your posture or movement.
Some athletes use kinesiology taping to help them return to peak performance and protect against further injury when they’re competing in special events.
Although you should never use kinesiology tape on an open wound, there is some scientific evidence to suggest that kinesiology tape can improve the long-term appearance of scars after surgery or injury.
What Conditions Can Kinesiology Taping Treat?
Kinesiology tape can be very helpful for many types of injuries. Our Kinesiology taping can help with many conditions including:
- Ankle sprain
- Calf strain/sprain
- Hamstring strain/sprain
- Shoulder impingement syndrome
- Rotator cuff tear
- Bursa pain
- Wrist sprain
- Elbow sprain
- Patella femoral syndrome
- Plantar fascia pain
- Plantar heel spur
- Shin splints
- Sports related injuries
- Stress fractures
- Acute Bursitis Pain
- and more!
What Happens During Kinesiology Taping?
Our physiotherapist will conduct a thorough evaluation at your initial appointment to determine if Kinesiology taping would be appropriate for your therapy plan. If it is, they’ll explain how the process benefits you and what steps are necessary in order to achieve recovery.
When you first start out with taping, you might notice some discomfort while applying the tape. However, this should only last for a short period of time. If you have sensitive skin, ensure the brand of tape you use is safe for you. Some redness or itching may occur if you are sensitive to the adhesive.
It is important to note that taping is not a “cure- all”. It is one tool in your arsenal to help you heal faster.
What types of injuries can be treated with Kinesiology Tape?
Our Kinesiology Taping is designed to help athletes heal faster from sports related injuries. It works great for sprains, strains, tendonitis, arthritis, bursitis, and inflammation. It is also useful for treating back problems and headaches.
Can I use kinesiology tape for everyday activities?
Yes! kinesiology tape is safe to wear during normal daily activities. Some types of tape are specially designed to withstand swimming and showers, so the benefits can last for several days.
How often should I apply kinesiology tape?
The frequency of the application of kinesiology tape depends on your specific injury, your goals, and your activity level. Your physiotherapist will advise you on taping best practices specific for your treatment plan, as well as how to apply it yourself at home.
Who should get kinesiology taping done?
Kinesiology tape is very effective for reducing bruising and swelling after an injury. Stubborn pain from an injury, or someone wanting a feeling of extra support could benefit from this treatment.
Who should NOT use kinesiology tape?
Kinesiology Tape should never be used on an open wound. If you have an allergy or sensitivity to some adhesives, you should be cautious or consult your doctor prior to use.
Does kinesiology tape hurt?
No. kinesiology tape feels comfortable against the skin. You will notice that it is much softer than regular athletic tape. It also assists with reducing swelling and bruising while allowing full range of movement (a level of protection).
Are there any side effects?
There are no known side effects associated with Kinesiology Tape. Taping is not recommended for people who are prone to developing blisters from adhesives or bandaids. If you have any concerns about whether or not taping will cause blistering, ask your doctor first.
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Whether you are a professional athlete, recreational athlete or non-athlete, kinesiology taping can help speed up recovery time. Our physiotherapist may incorporate Kinesiology taping into your overall treatment plan.
If you have any questions or concerns, get in touch with Strive Physiotherapy & Performance. Our therapists are happy to answer your questions and provide you with professional Kinesiology Taping services to get you back in the game!