Many of us have seen the bright, colorful tape that athletes in professional sports use for injuries or support in the extremity joints. Most people don’t know that Kinesio Tape is used for more than sports injuries. Your knee, shoulder, and neck are areas that can benefit from this therapy.
It is a scientifically engineered tape that helps to alleviate pain and speed up the recovery process after injury. Doctors also utilize this therapy after surgeries to aid the recovery process. While promoting healing it also supports the joints and soft tissue structures. Kinesio Tape also allows the joints to move freely without restricting normal motion (Kinesio Taping Method).
In addition to supporting joints like wrists or ankles after an injury, some of the ways Kinesio Tape can be used include:
- Decreasing swelling in an area, such as after surgery or after a fall or injury
- Increasing blood flow to and from an area to help speed up the healing process
- Increasing lymph drainage from an area that is healing
- Decreasing pain at a specific location, such as over an area of bursitis or tendinitis
- Supporting muscles and ligaments after injury, such as neck structures after a whiplash injury
- Aiding in the rehabilitation process of atrophied muscles, like after having a cast removed
Kinseio Tape – How It Works:
Before applying Kinesio Tape, a full neuromuscular evaluation is performed on the area of concern. The tape is then applied directly on the skin. The pattern of the tape is determined by the results of the examination and desired result. The tape works by lifting the skin from the tissues underneath to promote blood and lymph flow to and from that area. Concurrently, the tape supports the injured soft tissues. The specific pattern of taping performed can help you perform routine everyday activities, at home or at work, easier and with more support while you are going through the healing process.
If you think you may benefit from Kinesio Tape, or have questions regarding the taping process, please give our office a call. We would love to help answer any questions that you have!