Kinesiology taping has proven to reduce pain, decrease inflammation, improve performance, and help guide the rehabilitation process following an injury. Athletes and active individuals can greatly benefits from this modality type.
What is kinesiology tape?
Kinesiology tape is a stretchy material, with an adhesive backing. It frequently comes in all kinds of colours and styles. You can purchase rolls of kin tape or buy pre-cut types.
How does taping work?
When applied correctly, the direction of the tape applied can help support the joint and lift the skin around the affected area. With pressure off this area, fluid has the opportunity to drain, reducing swelling and associated pain. It may also prevent movement in certain planes, which helps the individual avoid overstretching the injured area.
It can further provide your clients with a feedback loop. If they are prone to using their injured limb, the tape may offer a reminder to ease off and rest.
What are the benefits of taping?
Despite the aforementioned benefits, taping has almost no contraindications. It can also be used easily alongside other modalities and treatments. One application can often be kept on for days at a time, before a replacement is needed. It may further encourage your patients to keep active in their sport or activities throughout their recovery.
Learn more about kinesiology taping and get your Kinesiology Taping Certification with iBody Academy.