Kinesiology tape is a type of athletic tape, unlike traditional athletic tape that binds and doesn’t stretch, is engineered to mimic the human skin. Kinesiology tape stretches up to 180% of its original length but can ‘snap back’ on recovery. It is designed to facilitate healing whilst providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. It is Latex-free and wearable for days at a time.
Kinesiology tape can be applied in different ways using different amounts of stretch on them to achieve different benefits. When it is applied with little or no stretch a mechanical lifting and decompression effect can be accomplished just under the skin. This is thought to promote fluid dynamics and help reduce swelling by aiding the removal of toxins and inflammatory fluids from the area and encourage oxygen and nutrient blood into aid healing. When applied with more stretch it can be used to support areas of strained, torn or weakened tissue such as muscles and ligaments. Tape can also have an effect of the nerve endings just under the skin which could improve proprioception (movement awareness) and the decompression of these nerve endings could help in reducing pain. The tape may also have a mechanical effect on the muscles beneath the skin it is applied to allowing them to slide and glide more and increase the range of motion.
At Back to Active Osteopathy and Sports Injury Clinic we use Rock Tape, a high-quality kinesiology tape with great adhesive quality and fantastic stretch. This tape is used by many athletes and sports teams. It also comes in a great range of colours and patterns. When in stock rock tape is available from the clinic at great prices and our therapists will take the time to teach you how to self-apply the tape to your injury it is in an area that this is possible.
Visit http://www.rocktape.co.uk/ for more information.