kinesio tape


What is kinesio tape?

Kinesio tape is a thin, elastic cotton strip with an acrylic adhesive. Kinesio tape can be used to alleviate pain from both chronic or acute injuries,it is very popular among professional athletes or football players. Kinesiology tape is almost identical to human skin in both thickness and elasticity, which allows kinesio tape to be worn without binding or restricting your movement. The tape is permeable and breathable so it allows applications to be worn for 4-5 days, allowing therapeutic benefits to accumulate 24/7 for the entire time they are worn. Kinesio tape can be worn during intense exercise, showering, bathing or swimming, and dries quickly after a quick pat with a towel.

How does Kinesio tape work?

Taping is a technique used by physiotherapists for injury prevention or rehabilitation. The kinesio tape is to facilitate the body's natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body's range of movement as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy.

Kinesio tape mostly works by targeting sensors that are on and under the skin (sensory receptors). These sensors send information to the sensory part of your brain. Kinesio tape can affect and manipulate these sensors and thus influence and change the healing process. By targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system, Kinesio tape alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting affect forms convolutionsin the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas.

What are the benefits of taping?

  • Protection of injured soft tissue structures (ligaments, tendons, fascia)
  • Encourage normal movement and restrict movements that may cause further damage to an existing injury
  • Quicker return to sport or work, facilitate healing process
  • Pain reduction, remove pressure from an injury
  • Improve the stability of a joint
  • Reduces the risk of re-injury
  • Reduces swelling
  • Injury prevention



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