When applied correctly, kinesiotape creates physiological effects on several body systems.
What is Kinesiotaping?
Kinesiotaping is a technique whereby a flexible tape is used to support and stabilize joints, muscles, and ligaments as they bend, contract, and extend. It is used by clinicians, physiotherapists, chiropractors and kinesiologists in a skillful manner, customized and cut out to each body part in a unique fashion.
When applied correctly, kinesiotape creates physiological effects on several body systems including: the circulatory system, the nervous system, muscular and facial systems, and joints. During movement the tape gives the body proprioceptive feedback, allowing muscles to fire more rapidly and on demand.
The Benefits of Kinesiotaping can include:
- Relieve pain
- Reduce inflammation
- Relax overused muscles and joints
- Improve athletic performance
- Stabilize joints
- Promote healing
- Decreased swelling
- Correct movement patterns
- Improve posture
Who Can Benefit From Kinesiotaping?
Kinesiotape can be used in a wide spectrum of applications. Ranging from athletes to improve performance, to post surgical patients to reduce swelling and inflammation. Kinesiotape can be used proprioceptively to assign individuals in correcting posture, to helping stroke patients with ambulation.
How long can Kinesiotape be worn?
Kinesiotape is typically worn 2-3 days before it begins to lose its elastic properties. If applied correctly, an individual can shower with the tape without the tape coming off. After 3 days it is advised the tape be removed as it is likely its elastic properties have been reduce rendering it less effective.
Depending on an individuals condition a combination of various treatment(s) may provide the best outcomes, which may include: Physiotherapy, Massage Therapy, Chiropractic Care, Dry Needling/Acupuncture, Custom Bracing for affected joints, Cupping or Kinesiotaping.