If you’ve watched the Olympics over the past several Games, you probably have seen at least a few athletes with some crazy looking tape on their shoulders or knees. I’m sure you’ve wondered “what it could possibly be doing?” or “why does it split like that?” or even “should they be competing if they need that much tape?”
Here’s a brief rundown on how this crazy stuff works! Have more questions? Call us; we’d love to hear from you!
How does KinesioTex Tape work?
The stretch in KinesioTex Tape is what makes it unique. Unlike white athletic tape, KinesioTex Tape can be made more or less aggressive by adjusting the amount of stretch used in an application. Additionally, the direction of the stretch can change how the body reacts to the tape. Applied beginning to end on a muscle, it encourages the muscle to work harder. Applied end to beginning, it encourages it to relax. Applied with high stretch, it provides physical support or compression to an area. Applied with low stretch, it can provide proprioceptive (positional) feedback around a joint, or decompress the tissue (lifting it up) for better fluid movement. A treatment protocol generally will consist of multiple applications over time, decreasing in aggressiveness as the body learns what it is supposed to be doing and takes over the proper function.
An important thing to remember with KinesioTex tape is that minor changes can affect what a treatment does. Simply copying the look of an application does not mean it will have the same effect. Because of this, treating the same problem may result in a different configuration of tape depending on your therapist’s assessment, even though they are treating the same issue as another therapist.
Why KinesioTex tape/ Kinesiotaping Association International (KTAI)?
Conditions that may be helped:
-Old injuries where conventional treatments are no longer producing improvement
KinesioTex Tape is not for everyone. It is designed to encourage or assist a problem area to return to “normal” function so the body can more easily heal itself. Severe injuries should still be assessed by a qualified health practitioner for a full treatment protocol, which may or may not include KinesioTex applications.
KinesioTex Tape is LATEX FREE.
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