What is Kinesiology Taping?
Kinesiology taping is a trusted physiotherapy technique that aims to relieve pain by targeting specific receptors in our sensory system. It helps with issues like swelling, inflammation, and bruising by promoting lymphatic drainage.
Unlike traditional strapping tape (or sports tape), kinesio tape does not restrict the natural movement of our joints. This is one of its many benefits and is one of the reasons our practitioners choose kinesiology taping for so many of our clients.
The main idea behind kinesiology taping is to improve blood flow. This helps to train the neuromuscular system, enhance physical performance, and support the healing process.
How Does Kinesiology Tape Work?
When applied correctly, kinesio tape gently lifts and separates the layers of tissue, reducing compression and promoting better circulation. This not only stimulates and activates our muscles to improve movement patterns but also helps to ease muscle tension caused by spasms and contractures.
Kinesio tape is used in treating both short and long-term injuries. Whether you’re a professional athlete or someone with a more sedentary job, kinesiology taping can effectively reduce pain and improve your functionality.
What is Kinesio Tape Used For?
Our experienced practitioners at Canberra City Health Network regularly incorporate kinesiology taping into their treatments. Some of the specific uses of kinesio tape include:
- Supporting weak or injured muscles: Kinesiology tape can provide support to strained or weakened muscles due to injury. This helps to reduce the risk of further damage and aides in the healing process.
- Improving circulation: The tape’s elasticity can help to increase blood flow to the affected area, promoting faster healing and reducing inflammation.
- Reducing pain and swelling: Kinesio tape can be used to help alleviate pain and swelling in muscles and joints. This allows individuals to continue practising sports or exercise while they actively recover.
- Enhancing performance: Some athletes use kinesiology taping to improve their performance. The extra muscle support and stabilisation provided by the tape allows for more efficient and effective movement.
- Assisting Neurological Areas: Kinesiology taping also has many neurological benefits. It can alter perceptions of pain, enhance the body’s awareness, and improve posture.
Overall, kinesiology tape is an extremely versatile physiotherapy tool. It can be used in a variety of different applications to help support and protect the body during physical activity and injury recovery.
How Long Do You Leave Kinesiology Tape On?
This depends on several factors, including the application technique, the specific brand of tape, and the individual’s skin sensitivity. In general, however, most kinesiology tape can be left on the skin for several days at a time.
Some brands of kinesio tape are designed to be worn for five to seven days, while others may need to be changed more frequently. The tape may begin to peel or lose its adhesive over time, which may require it to be replaced sooner.
It’s important to follow the specific instructions provided by the professional who applies the tape. If you’re unsure, ask your physio or GP about your specific circumstances.
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