If you’ve recently watched a sporting event, chances are that you’ve noticed some athletes using Kinesio tape. This specialized tape has been used for decades to promote healing and support athletic performance. The technique used to apply the tape is designed to promote healing, while also giving your muscles and joints the additional support and stability they need. When done correctly, Kinesio taping can help alleviate pain and discomfort without restricting your range of motion.
What Is Kinesio Taping?
Kinesio taping is a therapeutic technique that involves applying a specialized tape to help treat injury, promote recovery, and manage pain. Kinesiology tape is a thin, elastic material with an acrylic adhesive backing. The tape can be strategically applied to relieve an assortment of physical concerns.
Developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase, Kinesiology tape quickly became popular with Olympic and other professional athletes. Its use has become increasingly widespread among athletes as a way to recover from injury, improve their performance, and even prevent new injuries from occurring. Beyond its popularity with athletes, Kinesio taping offers plenty of benefits that make it appealing to many of our patients.
Benefits Of The Kinesio Taping Method
You don’t have to be a professional athlete to benefit from Kinesio taping. This method offers safe and effective treatment for a variety of conditions. Here are just some of the benefits of the Kinesio taping method:
- Comfortable, Non-Restrictive Support. Kinesio tape is designed to be similar to human skin, which means it can be worn comfortably and will not restrict your movement or feel constricting. The breathable material and gentle adhesive allow you to enjoy lasting treatment without discomfort or skin irritation.
- Reduces Swelling. The elastic properties of Kinesio tape help it gently lift your skin, which can promote drainage and relieve swelling or bruising more quickly. Kinesio taping can help speed up recovery following injury or an especially vigorous workout.
- Supports Muscles. Beyond reducing swelling, Kinesio tape can also be used to support your muscles to promote comfort and stability without limiting your range of motion.
- Improves Alignment. Kinesio tape can be used to bring the body back into alignment. With correct alignment, you will notice a decrease in pain as well as faster recovery.
Reasons To Consider Kinesio Taping
The benefits and convenience of Kinesio taping have made it a popular option for anyone looking for a non-invasive way to improve their athletic performance. Here are a few reasons you may want to consider Kinesio taping:
- For Better Recovery. Whether you’ve experienced an injury or simply feel exhausted after an event or workout, Kinesio tape can be used to help speed up your recovery. Manual adjustments, followed by Kinesio tape, can help realign and stabilize the affected area. The lasting stability provided by Kinesio tape helps your body rebuild and recover by relieving pressure on injured or affected areas.
- To Prevent Injury. The stability offered by Kinesio tape allows for faster recovery, but it can also be a great way to prevent injuries. By improving stability and alignment, Kinesio tape can be used to prevent injury from occurring during sports or other activities.
- To Manage Pain. If you are experiencing chronic or acute pain, a combination of manual adjustments and Kinesio taping can offer much-needed relief. Strategically-placed Kinesio tape can reduce any pain or discomfort you are experiencing, and also help relieve swelling or bruising.
Kinesio tape is a simple material that offers a large number of benefits. However, while the material itself may be simple, the methods used to apply it correctly are not. For this reason, it is incredibly important that you have Kinesio tape applied by someone who has been specifically trained to use it. A trained practitioner will have the knowledge and skill to apply Kinesio tape with the correct placement and tension.
If you’re interested in learning more about Kinesio taping and how it might benefit you, contact Dr. Bomberg’s office today!