If your condition warrants, we may use taping as a part of your rehabilitation or corrective therapy.
This method is used to help normalize the function of muscles and other connective tissues. Kineso taping uses elastic tape rather than the rigid tape traditionally used in sports medicine.
Kinesio tape is a water-resistant adhesive tape that is used to speed up recovery from an injury, relieve muscle pain, stabilize joints and preserve muscles, tendons, or ligaments.
The kinesio tape is made of an elastic material that allows blood flow and does not limit movement, and can be applied anywhere on the body. This tape promotes the discreet lifting of the skin, creating a small space between the muscle and the dermis, favoring the drainage of fluids that may be accumulated in the area and which may be mimicing the symptoms of the muscle injury, in addition to increasing local blood circulation, promoting better muscle performance and decreasing fatigue.
What is it for?
Kinesio tapes are mainly used by athletes during competitions with the aim of stabilizing and preserving joints and muscles, preventing injuries. These tapes can also be used by people who are not athletes but who have an injury or pain that interferes with their daily lives, as long as indicated by the doctor or physiotherapist. Thus, kinesio tapes have several benefits and applications, and can be used to:
- Improve performance in training;
- Improve local blood circulation;
- Decrease impact on joints without limiting movement;
- Provide better support for the affected joint;
- Increase proprioception, which is the perception of your own body;
- Decrease local swelling.
- Improve contraction of a weakened muscle
- Reduce muscle fatigue and spasm
- Reduce over-stretching and over-contraction of muscles
- Re-educate muscles through sensory feedback
- Lessen edema (swelling) through aiding the lymphatic syregenerative
- Minimize post-traumatic or post-surgical bruising through improved circulation
- Help mobilize scar tissue by enhancing glide between tissue layers
- Help correct joint mechanics through aiding muscle function around the joint
- Relieve pain by activating the natural analgesic syregenerative in our skin receptors
In addition, kinesio tape can also be used in pregnant women who suffer from low back pain, with good results.
Although they can be used for various purposes, the use of tapes should be part of a treatment that also includes muscle strengthening and stretching exercises, as well as other techniques to prevent and fight injuries, and it is important that their use is guided by the physical therapist.
How to use kinesio tape While anyone can benefit from using this functional bandage, they should be placed by a physical therapist, physician, or physical trainer at the site of the injury to provide better support, avoid pain, and lessen muscle fatigue. These adhesive tapes can be placed in an X, V, I, or web shape, depending on the purpose of the treatment.
The tape is made with hypoallergenic material and must be changed at most every 4 days, it is not necessary to remove it to take a shower.
A good rehabilitation therapy program goes hand-in-hand with good taping.
Kinesio taping is best used as an adjunct to therapy and exercise. It can dramatically speed the rehabilitation process by lessening pain and improving tolerance to exercise and movement. The success of Kinesio taping strongly depends on clinician knowledge. A thorough evaluation is integral to determine which taping techniques are indicated. Our doctors, for instance, must know if the patient needs taping to assist muscle strengthening or to assist muscle relaxation, as the taping will be different.
Kinesio taping was initiated in the 1970s in Japan by Dr. Kenso Kase. Dr. Kase was intrigued by kinesiology and conservative ways of treating traumatized soft tissue. Working with tape and technique developments, Dr. Kase accomplished his goal: to have patients experience immediate improvement after one visit.