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Kinesiology Sports Taping

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How does Kinesiology Tape differ from conventional rigid sports tape?

Kinesiology taping is an advanced sports taping technique to rehabilitate and protect an area of pain or injury, as well as enhancing body’s movement and performance

It differs from other types of strapping tape in both its form and function. Most types of strapping tape are non-elastic and are wrapped tightly around an injured joint or muscle to provide rigid support and restrict movement. They can only be worn for short periods of time, after which they must be removed to restore movement and circulation.

Kinesiology Tape has unique elastic properties that allow the tape to provide dynamic support and facilitate the body’s natural healing process. This provides an almost second skin that protects and supports your joints and muscles without restricting the body’s range of motion.

Hypoallergenic – No zinc oxide or latex

Water Resistant – Can be worn for up to 5-7 days

Stretchable – Stretching component of kinesiology tape is one of the most important features that produce its unique effect on the body. Our tape offers 180% elasticity to provide dynamic support to different parts of the body.

Strong Adhesive – Kinesiology tapes are designed to be used under different sports environments. This is particularly great for knee support where the rigid strapping tape never stays on properly. It has been proven to last during intense exercise and in the shower.

What does Kinesiology Tape do?

Kinesiology tape has a comprehensive array of therapeutic benefits. Because it can be left on for up to a week, these therapeutic benefits are available to the injured area 24 hours a day, significantly accelerating the healing process from trauma, injuries and inflammatory conditions.

When the tape is applied, it causes a ‘lifting effect’ that lifts the skin and creates a small space between the muscles and dermis. This creates a bio-mechanical lifting mechanism that decompresses the tissue just under the skin. This decompression combined with having tape on the skin creates 3 main effects:

Pain relief:

A lot of pain generated by movement or muscle contraction is generated by nerve endings in the space between the skin and muscle. As tape decompresses the painful area, there is less pressure on the nerve endings so pain is reduced or stopped completely at its source. It is also believed to stimulate receptors within the skin called Mechanoreceptors. These receptors play a part in our movement awareness, or what therapists call Proprioception. Kinesiology taping method ultimately allows injured athletes, workers, and weekend warriors to return to sport, work or play quicker with its unique effect on pain.

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Swelling Reduction:

By causing decompression the tape promotes a more normal fluid dynamic in the taped area. Swelling is better able to flow out of the area, taking with it toxins which result from inflammation and injury. Also, it allows blood to have less resistance to enter the area bringing with it more oxygen and nutrients vital for healing and recovery

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Lymphoedema Reduction:

Based on the same physical lifting principle, kinesiology taping can be very effective in the reduction of lymphoedema. We often combine Low Level Laser Therapy with Kinesiology Taping to effectively reduce lymphoedema.

 

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Other key benefits:

  • Reduce Muscle Fatigue and Cramps
  • Accelerated Recovery from Bruises and Contusions
  • Speedier Recovery of Overused Muscles
  • Supports Injured Muscles and Joints without Restricting Range of Motion
  • Allows Athletes to Remain Active while Injured
  • Enhances Strength and Muscle Tone in Weak or Poorly-Toned Muscles
  • Sports Injury Prevention

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Kinesiology Taping can be useful for:

  • Heel Pain, Arch Pain, Plantar Fasciitis / Fasciosis, Heel Spurs
  • Ankle Pain / Injury
  • High Arches & Flatfeet
  • Bunions / Hammer Toes
  • Achilles Tendon Pain / Injury
  • Aching Feet / Foot Stiffness
  • Shin Splints
  • Tight / Aching Leg Muscles
  • Knee, Hip, and Lower Back Pain
  • Patellofemoral Pain
  • Chronic Joint Swelling Associated with Sprains/Strains
  • Foot Sprain, Ligament Sprains
  • Muscle Strains / Tears
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITB Pain)
  • Plantar Plate Injury
  • Fibromyalgia