Kinesiology Taping

What is Kinesiology Taping

Kinesiology taping (KT) is a therapeutic tool that has become hugely popular within the sporting arena. It is designed to work with the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. KT can easily be recognised on sports personalities by their strips of colourful tape splayed in patterns across shoulders, knees, backs, and abs.

It was originally developed by Japanaese Chiropractor Dr. Kenzo Kase in the 1970’s with the intention to alleviate pain and improve the healing in soft tissues, and has since then, grown to be one the most popular forms of support and healing.

Health Issues that Respond to Kinesiology Taping

Kinesiology Taping can show huge benefits when working with sports injurys. Then main improvements can be found in :-

  • Treating injuries
  • Supporting weak zones
  • Re-educating muscles
  • Enhancing performance
  • Managing scars

How does Kinesiology Taping Work?

Kinesiology tape works—when applied correctly—by lifting the skin from the tissues below it. Everyone has nerve receptors in their skin, as well as in the deep layers of the fascia, muscles, and other connective tissues, When tape is applied correctly, it causes compression or decompression of these areas, allowing it to alter pain signals to the brain.

It’s the tape’s stretchyness that makes the difference. The more tension thats used will excite a muscle. ie. If someone has surgery to repair their ACL, their quad will likely be weak. Taping the quad with maximum tension will bring those muscle fibers together causing a contraction which is what strengthens the muscle. On the flip side, if someone has plantar fasciitis and is experiencing a lot of tightness in their calves, taping with limited tension can turn “off” the muscle so the person isn’t receiving pain signals.

How to safely remove kinesio tape

One question that we are always asked! If you’re wearing the tape longer than a few days, it may begin loosening on its own, however, Here are a few tips for getting the tape off without hurting your skin.

  • Apply some oil (like baby oil or olive oil) or lotion on top of the tape to loosen the strip.
  • Remove it slowly. Don’t yank. Don’t pull up.
  • After nudging up one end of the strip, press down on your skin to separate it from the tape.
  • Pull the tape back against itself, rather than straight up away from you. Compress your skin gently while pulling the tape back in the direction of the end tab.
  • Walk your fingers along your skin as you go.
  • If your skin is irritated or damaged, don’t reapply tape. Consider talking talk to your physical therapist or doctor.

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