Kinesiology Tape 101
Have you even watched a sporting event and wondered why an athlete was wearing brightly colored tape that appeared to be wrapped aimlessly around one limb or another? No, it's not a new fashion trend! Believe it or not, it is a medical treatment which can allow for decreased pain, reduced swelling, and/or muscle activation for improved movement. Kinesiology tape has been around for years and has been modified and manufactured a number of times. If can be beneficial for all populations, including pediatrics, geriatrics, weekend warriors, professional athletes, and the everyday working professional.
Research indicates that kinesiology tape alleviates discomfort by lifting the top layer of skin allowing for increased interstitial space, and in turn, promoting decreased inflammation, reducing pressure, and enabling an effective flow of blood and lymphatic fluid in and out of the taped area. There are several different tape methods and functions. In addition to pain relief, kinesiology tape can also be used for facilitating and/or normalizing muscle tone, inhibiting a muscle group, reducing muscle fatigue, and/or reducing inflammation.
Kinesiology tape is proven effective and safe on most skin types. It is 100% latex-free, hypoallergenic, water-resistant, and can be worn for up to five days before removal. This tape has a stretchy property which enables normal joint and muscle movement. It has been effective for many pathologies, including but not limited to, shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, patellar femoral pain syndrome, rotator cuff strains, tennis and golfer's elbow, pain associated with pregnancy, low back pain, lymphedema, postural instability, etc.
As with any modality, kinesiology should be paired with medical interventions, such as physical therapy and/or chiropractic care. If you are suffering from pain and have questions regarding this treatment, call for an appointment with Dr. Katie or Dr. Kara to learn more. Pain in NOT a lifestyle!