Kinesiology tape is a thin, stretchy, elastic cotton strip with an acrylic adhesive. The tape can benefit a wide variety of musculoskeletal and sports injuries, plus inflammatory conditions.
Kinesiology tape is almost identical to human skin in both thickness and elasticity, which allows it to be worn without binding, constricting or restriction of your movement. Tape can be used for treating athletic injuries and a variety of physical disorders.
Kinesiology tape has a comprehensive array of therapeutic benefits. Because kinesiology taping can usually be left on for several days or up to a week, these therapeutic benefits are available to the injured area 24 hours a day, significantly accelerating the healing process from trauma, injuries and inflammatory conditions.
Pain Relief via Structural Support for Weak or Injured Body Parts
Kinesiology tape is a flexible elastic tape that moves with your body. This provides supports to your body parts without the tape slipping.
By supporting your body part kinesiology tape is able to provide you with pain relief and muscular support to help control body parts affected by muscle inhibition.
As previously mentioned, your muscle strength may be assisted by kinesiology tape via physical assistance and tactile feedback through the skin eg proprioception boost. This phenomenon may assist both the able bodied athlete to enhance their performance and hypotonic.
Kinesiology provides a passive lift to your skin via its elastic properties. This vacuum effect allows your lymphatic and venous drainage systems to drain and swollen or bruised tissue quicker than without the kinesiology tape.
Functional Fascial Taping
FFT is a fast and effective way to reduce pain and improve function, which can restore normal movement patterns and allow rehabilitation to commence in a pain free environment.
FFT can also be used to determine soft tissue dysfunction in the body, with a high degree of accuracy. FFT is non-invasive, immediate, functional and an objective way to decrease musculoskeletal pain.
The technique can be used in conjunction with any standard treatment of musculoskeletal pathologies and encourages patients to actively participate in their own treatment and rehabilitation. For the patient this can mean an earlier return to work, for an athlete this has the ability to help maintain higher levels of training and competition, for the clinician it allows for a more accurate way to address the other presenting signs and symptoms of musculoskeletal pathologies.