Kinesiology Tape: Help or Hype?

Kinesiology Tape: Help or Hype?

Kinesiology Tape: Help or Hype?

Kinesiology Tape: Help or Hype?

Kinesiology tape has continued to grow in popularity as high-profile athletes don the colorful strips of tape on their bodies. The bright-colored Kinesio® Tape is placed on the skin over various muscles. 


Invented in the 70s, the tape relaxes muscles, reduces inflammation, and alleviates pain. Some claim that it enhances performance by supporting muscles during athletic events. 


Kinesiology Tape


Kinesiology Tape, Kinesio Tape, or KT, is a therapeutic cotton strip with adhesive on one side. It is applied on target muscles, lifting the skin and allowing for better circulation. Therapists use the stretchy tape to treat pain caused by sports injuries and to relieve swelling. They help determine the appropriate tension to stretch the muscles. 


When applied, the brain senses the location, position, and movement of the body part, a process known as proprioception. Applying it to joints can help support muscles and tendons, taking some stress off the joint. 


Using KT During Sports Events 


Athletes often use Kinesio Tape during workouts in case of sudden injuries. The strong tape can be applied using various tension strengths. Applying different tension techniques and strengths allows the muscles and ligaments to receive help after an injury. 


The tape helps stabilize the area, preventing further damage. It allows the individual to enjoy some range of motion without exacerbating the injury. The tape’s tension strength helps stabilize the injured area during the event. It is, however, crucial to get treatment immediately after the event. 


Kinesiology Tape: Help or Hype 


Some users believe that Kinesiology tape can help improve their athletic performance. Some individuals report feeling enhanced comfort when wearing the KT, as it offers added support. 


Studies show that the tape provides short-term benefits for users and can help soothe painful joints. However, some believe that it has more perceived than actual benefits. There is also the risk that athletes may become overconfident and end up pushing their bodies too far.


Benefits of Kinesiology Tape 


Kinesiology tape does not necessarily help athletes to recover faster from injuries. It does, however, help with muscle awareness, which is beneficial for muscle recovery and pain control. The tape should be used alongside physical therapy and other measures. 


KT needs to be applied by a trained therapist or chiropractor. Getting professional care for muscle soreness and pain during or after an activity is essential. A chiropractor can recommend appropriate treatment based on the underlying problems. 


Kinesiology Tape for Rehabilitation 


Kinesiology tape helps athletes during rehabilitation. A rehabilitation program usually involves manual manipulation. Using KT after manipulation can help increase the treatment’s effectiveness. It works to open up tissue, making the manipulation easier. It also provides stabilization to the area, taking the pressure off. It gives the muscles and ligaments a chance to restore and rebuild.


Chiropractors use kinesiology taping to align and reduce pain in certain body areas. It is vital to have the tape applied by someone with the necessary training. There are different tension strengths and tapes to ensure effectiveness. 


For more on Kinesiology tape—help or hype—call Aktiv Integrative Chiropractic at (915) 975-9094 to reach our El Paso, Texas office. 

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