Dec. 31, 2020, 9 a.m.
One of the most popular therapeutic tools used in the sports field nowadays is Kinesiology Tape. Japanese chiropractor Dr Kenzo Kase developed it in the 1970s to alleviate pain and improve soft-tissue healing. The main goal behind devising such a tape was to provide support but doesn’t restrict movement – as traditional athletic tapes do.
Kinesiology tape is applied strategically to the body parts like knees, backs, abs, and shoulders to provide support, reduce pain, and improve their performance.
The tape was created using a blend of cotton and nylon, which makes it stretchy. It resembles skin’s elasticity so the person can use their entire range of motion. Apart from being flexible, the tape is also water-resistant; hence it can be used while taking a shower or working out. It uses medical-grade adhesive, which gives it a strong enough hold to last a couple of days.
Now that we have seen various uses of the tape and the way it helps an individual, it is also essential to understand the circumstances in which one should not be using the tape:
Kinesiology Taping (KT) has many proposed benefits, which include decreased muscle fatigue, reduced soreness in muscles, pain inhibition, enhanced recovery, stimulation of the circulatory system, and improvement in lymphatic drainage. It encourages tissue-regeneration and works as a method of injury prevention.
Using this method as a supplement to regular physiotherapy can prove beneficial for athletes and non-athletes. One must make sure that a medical professional is consulted beforehand if they plan to incorporate Kinesiology Taping in their regular training or treatment.
Yours in self-care,