What Is Kinesio Tape?
You may have seen runners and other athletes wearing brightly-colored tape stretched over various muscles. This is Kinesio Tape, an elastic therapeutic strip made of cotton fiber and acrylic adhesive. It is water-proof, sweat-proof, and remains in-place and effective for days at a time.
How Does the Kinesio Taping Method Work?
The Kinesio Taping Method is defined by its creators as a “definitive rehabilitative taping technique designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting.”
When stretched over skin, Kinesio Tape creates skin convolutions, which increase the space between the blood vessels and the epithelial tissue (a.k.a. “interstitial space”). This alleviates pressure, improves blood flow to the affected area, and creates room for an influx of lymphatic fluid, which regulates the body’s inflammatory response and can positively impact the healing process of your injury.
Should I Use Kinesio Tape for My Injury?
There are endless ways to apply Kinesio Tape. Different shapes, cuts, and taping methods exist to treat patients with a wide variety of injuries and types of pain. Whether you have injured your back, neck, shoulder, or virtually any other body part, Kinesio Taping may be valuable in expediting your healing process and returning your body to homeostasis after an injury.
Compassionate, Knowledgeable Physical Therapists in Aberdeen
If Kinesio Tape is the solution for your pain or injury, we can make it part of your recovery plan. However, don’t attempt to treat your own injuries without consulting a professional. Our Aberdeen physical therapists are here to assess your injury, identify its source, and provide personalized care to address your unique issue.
Call ProFysio Physical Therapy at (732) 333-6360 to request a free evaluation today.