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What is Kinesio-Tape, and how does it work?

What is Kinesio-Taping?

Kinesiology taping is an all-natural, non-invasive treatment option for pain reduction. Kinesio-taping treatments also help improve circulation, increase range of motion, reduce inflammation and swelling, and ultimately reduce pain.

The science behind the Kinesio-taping treatment method stems from kinesiology, or the study of movement. Kinesio tape is highly elastic, water-resistant, and durable, strategically formulated to improve mobility by mirroring the skin’s elasticity. Kinesio-taping is very common among sports players to prevent injury, as the breathable and stretchable Kinesio-tape material provides muscle and joint support without restricting mobility. In addition, physical therapists use the Kinesio-taping method for pain management, soft tissue injuries, edema, joint pain, and more.

How does Kinesio-Taping Work?

Kinesio-taping techniques support muscles and joints while simultaneously facilitating lymphatic drainage and blood circulation by microscopically lifting the skin. For example, a basketball player may utilize Kinesio-tape around their knees to provide support without reducing mobility. In addition, the flexible and breathable tape allows proper blood flow to joints and muscles, and this improved circulation will help reduce swelling and inflammation. Overall, the Kinesio-taping technique effectively prevents future injury and provides muscle support during physical activity.

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Where is Kinesio-tape applied?

Physical therapists apply Kinesio-tape to weak joint or muscle areas, prior injuries, or body parts requiring muscle re-education and strengthening. The most common areas treated with Kinesio-tape include the back, calves, knees, shins, shoulders, wrists, elbows, and hamstrings. Physical therapists also utilize Kinesio-taping techniques to help correct posture, applying the tape to the neck to provide additional support to the cervical region and promote muscle re-education to improve posture.

Who should use Kinesiology Tape treatments?

Athletes are not the only ones who can benefit from using Kinesiology tape. For example, physical therapists recommend Kinesio-tape treatments for individuals with careers in physical labor and construction who overuse specific muscles daily. People at risk of developing poor posture, such as those working behind computers daily, are also great candidates for Kinesio-tape treatments. Additionally, elderly patients who struggle with chronic joint pain, arthritis, and muscle stiffness can benefit from utilizing Kinesio-taping to improve mobility and range of motion safely.

Speaking with a trained physical therapist is essential to ensure the proper application and continued use of Kinesiology tape for your specific needs. When paired with the right physical therapy treatment plan, Kinesio-taping can effectively improve muscle performance and overall function.