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What is kinesiology tape

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Kinesiology tape, mainly developed for the treatment of joint and muscle pain, is widely used in sports health care and protection, most of the users are athletes, the medical community has also begun to use it to treat joint disease.For infrequent exercisers who suffer from joint pain, an intramuscular patch can also be used.

Sports Kinesiology tape is one specific mode of treatment that your physical therapist may use. It involves placing strips of special tape on your body in specific directions to help improve your mobility and support your joints, muscles, and tendons.

It was developed in the 1970s by a chiropractor named Dr. Kenso Kase. He found that using a flexible tape that harnessed the interface between the skin and the muscles could provide long-lasting effects for his patients. 

Is Kinesiology Tape Just Fancy Athletic Tape?

While kinesiology tape seems a lot like a fancy form of athletic tape, there are many differences between the two. Athletic tape is used for support and to limit motion, and kinesiology tape is used to facilitate motion and inhibit pain and spasm. Kinesiology tape is a flexible material that moves when you move; athletic tape is relatively inflexible. Kinesiology tape helps to improve lymph transport and increase circulation. The tight binding nature of athletic tape serves to decrease circulation.

How does it work

Kinesiology tape serves different functions when applied. Your physical therapist will perform an evaluation and assessment to determine the best use of kinesiology tape for your condition. He or she will assess if the tape is even necessary for you or if there are any contraindications to using the tape.

There are different theories about how sports tape works. First, it is thought to change the proprioception input of the sensory nervous system in the muscles, joints, and skin. The tape is thought to improve the interaction between the skin and the underlying structures to help reset the circuitry of this part of the nervous system resulting in improved muscular activation and performance.

Kinesiology tape is also thought to inhibit nociceptors, or pain pathways, in your muscles, skin, and joint structures. Decreasing painful input to the brain is thought to normalize muscle tone, resulting in decreased pain and muscular spasm.

Specific Uses
There are many different uses for kinesiology tape. Your physical therapist can assess your current situation and injury to decide on the best use of the tape. He or she can also teach you how to cut the basic types of strips to use for your condition. Some common uses of kinesiology tape include:

Scar tissue management: After surgery or trauma, you may have a scar over the area that was injured. Sometimes the tissue underneath the scar binds to your skin and underlying fascia. This scar tissue can limit your normal mobility and range of motion. Kinesiology tape can be used to gently pull on scar tissue, providing a low intensity, long duration stretch to the tight collagen that makes up scar tissue.

 

Swelling management: If you have suffered an injury or have had surgery that results in increased swelling, kinesiology tape may help to decrease the swelling by decreasing pressure between the skin and underlying tissues. This provides a pathway for excess fluids that have accumulated since your injury to travel through. Kinesiology tape is sometimes used in lymphedema management or for superficial contusions.

 

Facilitation: Kinesiology tape can be used to help improve muscular firing and contraction patterns. This can lead to normalized muscular tone and can also help improve athletic performance.

Inhibition and pain management: Kinesiology tape can be used to help decrease pain and muscle spasm that may occur after injury. It can help decrease nociceptive input to the brain which can help decrease muscle guarding and protective spasm.

Support and stability: If you have a condition that requires a specific joint to be held in place, kinesiology taping may be right for you. Conditions like patellofemoral stress syndrome, iliotibial band friction syndrome, or shoulder instability may benefit from extra support provided by kinesiology tape. The tape can support your joint while still allowing for some motion to occur.

However, it is not recommended to self-attach the patch without sufficient understanding of its principle and human muscle structure.The wrong way not only will not have a stable or relaxing effect, but will produce some unexpected sports injury.


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