If you watched any of the London marathon, FA cup semi final or any other sporting event recently then the chances are you may have seen some of those athletes wearing brightly coloured tape over their bodies. If you ever wondered what it is, I am going to tell you in this article, but more importantly I am going to give you some advice on how it can benefit you.
It is important to know that kinesiology tape isn’t the same as the standard tape out there that is used for ‘strapping’ to promote stability in joints such as the ankle. Kinesiology tape is finer and more elastic than standard tape. The idea behind Kinesiology tape is that it still allows movement, whilst at the same time aids recovery and reducing inflammation allowing us to carry on with our activity or everyday living.
How it works
If you look closely at the back of kinesiology tape you will notice there are wave like lines on the back of it. When applied to the skin with stretch or the muscle at length this wave like lines will cause the tape to have a lifting effect on the skin. This will help with a decrease on inflammation that one is suffering.
It is worth mentioning here that is not as simple as just sticking the tape on. Depending on the area of the body that the pain is felt and also the underlying conditions causing the pain, this will determine how the tape is applied. Usually either some sort of stretch is add to the tape when applied or the muscle being applied to will be put at length.
It will be difficult to go through all the different scenarios of how tape is applied, but I will do a few articles and Facebook live videos of how to apply tape to certain areas. If there is any area you would like to be covered please feel free to let me know.
Please remember that kinesiology taping isn’t the means to an end. Whilst it can have great effects in reducing pain and inflammation it shouldn’t be something that is used long term, it is best combined with a treatment plan which looks at the underlying causes of the pain.
However it is great to help in the short term, especially if you have completed an event marathon, half marathon, football match etc, whilst it is also a good alternative to standard pain relief.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page ‘Pilates Performance Therapy’ for videos on how to use the tape and how to apply to certain areas.
Think Kinesiology tape can help you? Feel free to get in touch and ask about out may offer for taping sessions.
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About the author
I am a Manual Therapist covering a range of different disciplines including massage & Biomechanics. I also run small specialist Pilates classes around Corfe Mullen, Broadstone, Wareham, Wimborne & Poole. Instead of just purely rubbing the pain, I always look to see if I can find a potential cause (or causes of the pain) and then work on treating this.
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