Many people ask…. What is Kinesio Taping? Kinesio Taping is a technique based on the body's own natural healing process. It is a type of tape that when used correctly will give support and stability to the joints and muscles without affecting range of motion. Kinesio Tape creates physiological changes in several body systems; include the circulatory/lymphatic, neural, muscular, fascial systems, as well as the joints.
When a muscle or joint is overused or injured, that area becomes inflamed or swollen. The excess fluid should be removed by the lymphatic vessels in the area, but if the inflammation is great enough, the lymphatic vessels get compressed and can’t do their job. This can lead to an ongoing cycle of inflammation and pain, which limits performance and slows the healing process.
When KT Tape is applied to the skin over an inflamed area, the stretch in the tape gently lifts the skin, creating a space between the skin and the inflamed tissue. This reduces the pressure on both blood vessels and lymphatic vessels, increasing circulation of both fluids. Improved blood flow enhances delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the injured tissues, accelerating the healing process. Improved lymphatic flow reduces swelling which decreases the activation of the pain receptors providing immediate pain relief.
Pain Relief – Improved lymphatic flow reduces swelling which decreases the activation of the pain receptors providing immediate pain relief.
Reduced Swelling and Inflammation – reduced pressure on the lymphatic drainage channels allows better removal of fluids and other material that collect in the area.
Prevents and/or Relieves Spasm and Cramping – the same features that reduce inflammation can help prevent or relieve spasms and cramps in overused or injured muscles.
Speedier Recovery of Overused Muscles – fatigued, overused muscles contain by-products of exercise (such as Lactic Acid) that limit your ability. When Kinesio Tape is applied over these areas, enhanced removal of these by-products allows for more rapid recovery. This could translate into improved performance in an endurance event or more complete recovery between repetitive, high-intensity events.
Provides Support without Restricting Range of Motion – the unique elastic properties of Kinesio Tape allow it to provide support to an injured muscle or joint without restricting range of motion.
Versatility – Water resistant strips can be worn in the pool, shower, or anywhere you go for 24-hour pain relief! The water resistant fabric wicks away moisture and gives the wearer the ability to use it in and out of the water