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Kinesiology Taping | It'll support your growth

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.

 

How to use the tape?

Kinesiology tape is applied strategically to the body parts like knees, backs, abs, and shoulders to provide support, reduce pain, and improve their performance.

 

How does it work?

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.

 

When does one use it?

  • To support: If a person or a player is suffering through conditions like Achilles tendonitis or similar muscular weakness, taping can help as an additional treatment.

 

  • To treat: Physiotherapists use this tape in conjunction with manual therapy to alleviate swelling and pain.

 

  • To re-train: If a muscle or a group of muscles have developed an unhealthy way of functioning, Kinesiology can help as a corrective measure, e.g., Improving posture of the neck, and helping stroke patients to walk better.

 

  • To boost performance: Athletes use it as a preventive measure while competing in events as it helps to keep the muscles engaged and protects from injury.

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:

 

  • Allergy – This is a pretty common thing, but can be easily overlooked. Adhesives can trigger a reaction; hence a patch test is advised before applying the tape entirely.
    Open Wounds – Using this tape over damaged skin or wound could lead to a potential infection.
    Cancer – If cancer cells receive a surplus of blood supply due to the tape, it can lead to severe complications.
    Lymph Node Removal – Diverting fluids to an area with missing nodes could result in painful swelling.
    Sensitive Skin – If an individual suffers from a skin condition that makes it fragile and prone to damage, using this tape should be avoided.


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,

Adrian Wilk

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