about KINESIOLOGY tape

I essence, kinesiotaping can be seen as a way of constant massage!
It supports the microcirculation (transport of nutrients through capillaries), stimulates lymphatic drainage, prevents the adhesion of connective tissue and improves the mobility of muscles and joints.

Unlike traditional rigid sports tapes - which firmly immobilizes to prevent further injury - kinesio tape will direct and encourage the muscles and fascia (connective tissue) to move!

Kinesio tape is almost identical to the human skin in terms of thickness and elasticity. Therefore, kinesiology tape can be used without it restricting the freedom of moving.

how does it work

KINESIOLOGY tape

tension of KINESIOLOGY tape

Tensions can activate and excite muscles; therefore the elasticity and tension of the tape are paramount:
When recovering from an ACL injury, the quadriceps muscle is significantly weakened. When "kinesiotaped" with maximum tension, the muscle fibers will be brought closer together, essentially causing a permanent contraction of the muscle (and therefore the muscle will strengthen).

On the other hand, with plantar fasciitis (inflammation in the heel area), the calf will experience a high pressure. This pressure can be reduced by applying the kinesio tape with (very) limited tension in order to decrease the reception of pain signals.

does it help?

KINESIOTAPING

Source

(1) Lim, E.C. and M.G.Tay, Kinesio taping in musculoskeletal pain and disability that lasts formore than 4 weeks: is it time to peel off the tape and throw it out with the sweat? A systematic review with meta-analysis focused on pain and also methods of tapeapplication.Br J Sports Med, 2015. 49(24): p. 1558-66.
> https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25595290/

Where is KINESIOTAPE being used for?

Depending on how the kinesiology tape (level of tension) is applied, it can be used for ao. supporting muscles, proprioception (muscle stability during mobility) and relieving the fascia:

muscle support

Taping prevents muscles from stretching or contracting too much. Kinesiology tape is used to provide additional support to the affected muscles or joints without restricting the mobility.

(re-)educate muscles

Kinesiology tape can help "re-educate" muscles that have become accustomed to incorrect positioning, making they do not function at all or have lost (largely) their function.

improve performance

Some use kinesiology tape because they believe it can help improve performance. However, there are no medically substantiated studies and it is thought to be more of a psychological aspect.

its's not the tape,

it's the METHOD!

tips when using KINESIOTAPE

• The first and last 4cm of the tape should be applied without any tension.
• Avoid wrinkles in the tape and do not touch the adhesive side with your hands.
• Cut the ends into a round shape to prevent the angled sides from coming off more quickly.
• Apply to the painful area and place multiple strips along both sides of the affected muscle if necessary.
• Remove immediately if there is a rash (allergic reaction).
• Kinesio tape can be worn in between 3 and 5 days.
• Contact with water has an influence on the wearing time (adhesion).

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