So what’s that funky colourful tape we see on athletes? It’s called Kinesiology Tape or K-Tape for short. Its design is based on the science of Kinesiology through the activation of neurological and circulatory systems. Kinesio taping offers support and stability to joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion. It’s also used for preventative medicine and to treat pain.
K-Tape is applied over muscles to reduce pain and facilitate the course of inflammation, relax dominate overused muscles, and to support muscles in movement on a 24 hr/day basis.
When muscles are injured they can become inflamed and dysfunctional. Inflammation may result in swelling, stiffness and compression between tissues such as the skin and muscles. This constricts the flow of lymphatic fluid. The compression also applies pressure to the pain receptors beneath the skin, sending a pain signal the brain.
To ensure that muscles have free range of motion, K-Tape has an elasticity of 130-140% of its original length. This specific elasticity will prevent over stretching of the muscles themselves.
This is a lymphatic technique used on our patient’s thigh. You can see the effect K-Tape has on circulation within 12 hours. Click onto this video link to see how it works http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovM2aRMLC6A&list=PLFKIkSW-XPLSobl2mfMu9yfpfNPeTzGf8