Is Kinesio Taping Effective?
What is Kinesio Taping?
Kinesio tape, discovered in 1973, is an abstract and colorful therapeutic tape used for rehabilitative purposes. It facilitates our body’s natural healing process as well as provide support and stability to the joints and muscles. Furthermore, it enhances the performance of the circulatory, muscular, neural, and fascial systems and joints.
KT tape is stretchy and identical to our human skin in both elasticity and thickness, and therefore it offers soft tissue manipulation and support without restricting motion.
This water-resistant tape is versatile and available in “I,” “X,” and “Y” shapes, allowing you to use it in different places.
What Are Its Uses?
The therapeutic method is used for;
- Treating injuries
- Supporting weak zones
- Re-educating the muscles
- Enhancing muscle performance
Kinesio taping helps with a variety of conditions such as hamstring injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, groin injury, rotator cuff injury, tennis elbow, hip and knee pain, low and middle-upper back pain among others.
Kinesio Tape VS. Athletic Tape
Athletic tape is applied directly to the skin to maintain a stable position of your muscles and bones during a sporting activity. It acts as a bridge over the injured area to allow you to perform certain activities, and it is removed at the end of an activity.
Unlike the Kinesio tape, athletic tape retains moisture and can irritate if used for a long time.
Who Can Use the KT Tape?
Kinesio tape is ideal for physical therapists, certified athletic trainers, physicians, chiropractors, nurses, and massage therapists. High-profile athletes can also benefit from the KT tape.
How Does It Work
At Centennial Wellness, we assess and evaluate you to determine how to apply the Kinesio Tape. The assessment includes muscle, gait, and range in motion testing.
During an injury, blood and other fluids build-up, causing swelling and inflammation, which can affect the lymphatic system. When you apply the Kinesio Tape, it pulls the upper skin layers creating spaces between the muscle and dermis, thereby relieving pressure on the lymph node and promoting circulation. Proper circulation not only reduces inflammation and swelling but also restores oxygen and nutrients to enhance healing.
Furthermore, Kinesiology tape affects the deeper tissues, which result in better muscle performance, contraction, and it reduces fatigue.
Benefits of Kinesiology Tape
Kinesio tape benefits the body in various ways;
- It improves joint alignment through fascial and muscle manipulation
- It also reduces poor joint function and promotes joint mobility
- It affects scars and reduces softening and pitting
- It alleviates muscle contraction
When Not to Use Kinesiology Tape
Although the Kinesiology tape helps in muscle and joint support, it is not ideal for certain conditions;
- Open-wounds can lead to skin damage and infection
- Allergies. The Kinesiology tape is hypo-allergenic but might affect people allergic to adhesive material causing skin irritation
- Deep Vein thrombosis. DVT creates blood clots in the veins. The Kinesio Tape, on the other hand, promotes blood circulation, which can cause the clots to break free and travel to the lungs.
- Lymphedema. If you have one lymph node missing, don’t use the tape as it could cause swelling.
- Cancer. According to the manufacturer, Kinesiology tape can cause metastasis and spread of cancer and should be avoided.
- Diabetes. High blood sugar reduces sensitivity, and you might not feel the skin reaction of the tape.
- Fragile skin. Kinesiology tape can cause the skin to break out on people with sensitive skin prone to tear.
How to Apply the Kinesiology Tape?
Before applying the Kinesio tape, consult a physical therapist for direction on the right technique. The general rule is to clean the skin to get rid of oil and trim off excess air.
The Kinesiology taping method is safe as long as you apply it properly.
The effectiveness of Kinesiology tape is still a question of discussion. However, it does provide support, reduce pain, increase circulation, and improve work.
Additionally, Kinesiology tape can be used in conjunction with other rehabilitative exercises to help improve the healing process and performance. So, speak to our therapist on for advice on which exercises are ideal. At Centennial Wellness, we offer Kinesiology in Calgary and massage therapy.