Kinesio Taping

Examples of taping

Some uses of Kinesio Tape

Kinesio Taping originated in Japan and is seen on many professional sports people these days eg: runners,  tennis players, footballers, rugby players, golfers, etc.

It is a sticky, elasticated tape, which when applied gives flexible support and stability to your joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion.  It sticks to and ‘lifts’ the skin over the muscle tissues, allowing better circulation of blood and lymph fluid underneath.

In cases of injury the improved circulation assists a speedy recovery, and by lifting the skin away from pain receptors, the level of discomfort is also reduced.  By allowing better movement of lymph fluid, the Kinesio Tape is also very useful when needing to reduce swelling to an area as the fluid is able to drain away faster, again aiding faster recovery and better mobility.

Kinesio Taping uses techniques based on enhancing the body’s own natural
healing process by assisting the activation of neurological and circulatory systems; a practice stemming from Kinesiology.  Muscles are not just for movement – they also control circulation of blood and lymph fluid, regulation of body temperature etc, and therefore inhibited or damaged muscle tissue can cause a variety of symptoms throughout the body.

Kinesio Tape can be used anywhere on the body to treat a variety of symptoms including; muscular facilitation or inhibition in pediatric patients, carpal tunnel syndrome, RSI, hand / wrist pain, lower back strain/pain, sciatic pain, MCL / ACL pain, knee conditions, hamstring tears, groin injury, rotator cuff and shoulder damage, whiplash, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, patella tracking, ITB pain, runners knee, Multiple Sclerosis symptoms, pre and post surgical swelling, ankle and foot sprains, preventative and supportive taping.

 

Tape can stay on for up to a week, you can shower/play sport with it on, it just gets patted dry afterwards.

 

** Please note, for taping to be most effective, no body lotion / massage lotion must be applied for a minimum of 12 hours, and it may be necessary to shave the area of application so the tape can stick firmly **