Is Kinesiology Tape Only for Sports Injuries?
Kinesiology taping has become a very useful therapeutic solution for athletes. It has grown in popularity since its inception in the 1970s. In the last few years, it has become more popular in the application of prevention and treatment of many musculoskeletal system disorders and is thought to also improve sports performance.
But is kinesiology tape only useful for sports injuries?
What is Kinesiology Tape?
Kinesiology tape is an elastic therapeutic tape that is used for treating sports injuries as well as a variety of other injuries and disorders. It’s said to support injured muscles and joints and helps to relieve pain by lifting up the skin in a unique way that allows improved blood and lymph flow in the body. This helps with wound healing and a host of other maladies.
Kinesiology taping is found to especially help in these areas:
- Refreshing the blood and lymph circulation, which results in a reduced amount of inflammation
- Provides constant stimulation of our skin receptors. This results in reduced pain speed up the healing process, stimulates postural corrections and decreased muscle tension, leading to a range of motion and joint stability improvements.
- Postural corrections partially or fully affecting the range of motion of a specific area.
- Kinesiology tape also improves our position sense (proprioception), especially when the area it is applied to is tired or fatigued.
When applying kinesiology tape it is very important to ensure the skin is clean of sweat, dirt, and significant hair. Ensure you have rounded the corners of the corners that came pre-rounded to prevent peeling and improve durability. Kinesiology tape is able to stay applied for three to five days. Kinesiology tape can also be applied in many different shapes, including “I” shape, “X” shape, “Web” or “Fan” shapes that all work to address different injuries and body parts.