What Is Kinesiotaping?
Kinesiotaping is a therapeutic taping method that utilizes a latex-free elastic tape. Unlike athletic tape, which is stiff and is used to stabilize muscles or joints, kinesiology tape is stretchy—to serve as a gentle reminder to your body to hold your shoulder in a certain way or to keep a kneecap in line while biking or running.The main functions of kinesiology tape:
- To Correct Muscles. Kinesiology tape supports muscles during movement, and research has shown that it can provide a bit more stamina than the muscle alone. This is commonly seen in the knee, Back muscles, and shoulderblades.
- To improve circulation. Studies show that kinesiotape increases the flow of both blood and lymph, which can help in the treatment of lymphedema, mastectomy recovery, and swelling, to name a few.
- To improve joint movement. Kinesiotape can be used to keep a joint, such as the knee cap, gliding and tracking smoothly while in use.
- To help relieve pain. Kinesiotaping has an analgesic effect, The comforting stretch of the myofascial region gives a sensation of a constant caring touch.
Because of its many functions, kinesiology tape can be worn both during and after activity. You will see many amateur and professional athletes using this taping method during their activity. Most commonly seen on .women’s volleyball players. Kinesio tape is used by professional golfers, football players, soccer players, basketball players etc.
How Kinesiotape is used?
Kinesiotape can be worn during competition is applied in the same way as tape used during everyday activities. Kinesiotape can be left on for several days at a time and can even be worn in the water, as it’s water resistant. The length of time tape is to be worn should be determined by a professional. Some people tolerate one day at a time while others may use the tape for 4-5 days at a time.
For some people kinesiotape is very effective, it is only a component of the rehabilitation process; it is not meant to replace a brace or a cast.