Relieve pain and support muscles, tendons, and ligaments for optimal athletic performance.
What is kinesiology therapeutic taping?
A therapeutic tape that’s applied strategically to the body to provide support, lessen pain, reduce swelling, and improve performance.
Kinesiology Therapeutic Taping has the ability to re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce pain and inflammation, optimize performance, prevent injury and promote good circulation and healing, and assist in returning the body to homeostasis. When the tape is applied to your body, it recoils slightly, gently lifting your skin. It helps to create a microscopic space between your skin and the tissues underneath it.
Why do athletes wear kinesiology therapeutic taping?
Athletes use kinesiology taping to help them achieve peak performance and protect against injury when they’re competing in special events. It is also used in athletic injury recovery and rehab to increase blood flow for faster healing.
Benefit of kinesiology therapeutic taping
Kinesio (TM) Taping® is 140% the elasticity of human skin. By skillfully applying the tape to specific structures with a particular amount of stretch on the tape different effects can be achieved. Some of these effects include:
- muscle inhibition and facilitation
- increased circulation
- increased lymphatic drainage (to reduce swelling)
- pain relief
- functional correction
- increased range of motion
Kinesio (TM) Taping® method can be used to encourage the reduction of swelling, edema, and bruising. There is also evidence to indicate that it can improve the proprioception in some joints possibly reducing the likelihood of an injury such as an ankle sprain. Beyond sporting applications
Kinesio (TM) Taping® is used to treat discomfort associated with pregnancy, infant colic and digestive disorders, and TMJ disorders to name a few conditions.
At Koh PT, we use the most effective modalities from all around the globe to ensure optimal healing. Some of these therapies include ShockWave Therapy, Therapeutic Taping, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, and Cold Laser Therapy.
Kinesiology therapeutic taping can be effective in treating the following conditions
Kinesio taping is not only incredibly versatile, but also helps with a multitude of issues. From headaches to foot ailments and virtually everything else in between. Some examples include:
- muscular facilitation or inhibition in pediatric patients
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- lower back strain/pain (subluxations, herniated disc)
- knee conditions, including patella tracking
- shoulder conditions, including rotator cuff injury
- groin injury
- tennis elbow
- plantar fasciitis
- pre and post surgical edema
- ankle sprains
- athletic injury prevention
Kinesiology tape is usually used as part of a comprehensive treatment regimen in order to rehabilitate an injury. Its purpose is generally to reduce pain, modify positioning, and manage swelling. Unless your practitioner has specified otherwise, you should keep the tape on between sessions for maximum effectiveness.
Athletic Performance Enhancement
Kinesiology tape has been credited in providing peak performance for countless runners and athletes, as well being used to treat symptoms of plantar fasciitis and muscle strain. Many athletes find that kinesiology tape provides a great boost to muscles under stress during extended endurance events. Regular use of the tape is highly recommended by many who have experienced its benefits firsthand.
The active body is often susceptible to injury, in which case muscles or joints may require extra assistance. When applied, many report feeling an improvement in mobility and function – leading to a quicker recovery. Furthermore, Kinesio taping has become increasingly popular with athletes for optimizing performance and endurance due its renowned efficacy among high-level sports figures as part of their training or rehabilitation routines.
With consistent and well-executed taping techniques, abnormal movement patterns can be reduced. When patients feel the tape against their skin as they move about, it alerts them of different postures or stances as well as provides cues for optimum motion strategies. The gentle prompt from the tape will eventually lead to the correct muscular movements.
How to Apply Kinesiology Tape
You should visit specialist to learn how to properly apply kinesiology taping. Koh PT therapists can demonstrate how to properly apply the tape for your specific condition.
Visit our YouTube page to see different taping techniques.