Therapeutic kinesiology taping is designed to aid in the treatment and healing of various sports injuries, as well as improve physical performance. Common issues that kinesiology taping can help with include:
- Achilles Tendinopathies
- Medial Epicondylitis (Golfers Elbow)
- Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
- Shin Splints
- Low Back Disorders
- Rotator Cuff Problems
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Sprains / Strains / Tendinopathies
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Postural Syndromes
- Edema Reduction
- Movement Facilitation
How Does it Help
It helps decrease pain
It does this by running interference on pain signals directed to the brain. The tape affects the nerve endings and different types of receptors in the skin of the injured area. When the signals arriving to the brain are altered, it helps to change how your body interprets pain.
It normalizes muscle tone
Pain can cause increased tone in a muscle. By taping the painful area we can decrease pain which in turn decreases the tone of the muscle. Pain or injury can also cause altered activity of the injured and surrounding tissues. Even after the pain has subsided those muscles may still not work properly and can lead to compensated movement of the entire kinetic chain. For instance, research has shown that people who sprain their ankle tend to have altered activity of their hip muscles as a result. With kinesiology taping we can help stimulate the affected muscles which helps normalize and coordinate movement throughout the kinetic chain.
It decompresses an area of swelling and inflammation
When the tape is applied to the skin, it has a microscopic lifting effect underneath the skin and between the many layers. This helps to decongest the area allowing for greater blood flow to and from the area, bringing nutrients and allowing the by-products created by inflammation to be removed more quickly.
It delays fatigue
Research has shown that using kinesiology tape can attenuate muscle fatigue. Having less muscle fatigue during activity can help decrease the chances of injury.