Have you heard of Kinesio taping? Chances are, if you are, or were, a high school or college athlete, you may have had Kinesio taping for an injury.
What is Kinesio Taping and what does it do?
Have you ever seen someone with brightly colored strips of tape on their body and wondered what it was? That’s Kinesio taping, but what is it exactly? And what are the benefits of using it? Keep reading to find out!
Kinesio taping is a method of Athletic Taping that uses Kinesiology tape to improve the body’s natural healing process. The tape helps to support muscles and joints and can be used to prevent and treat injuries. Kinesio taping is often used by athletes but can be helpful for anyone with muscle or joint pain. If you’re interested in trying kinesiology tape, we can provide it as an add-on to any massage therapy or sauna appointment at All Body Kneads.
How is Kinesio Taping from other taping methods of taping?
Kinesiology tape is water-resistant, so it can endure even showers and other moisture contacts. It is strong enough that you may be able to use the same tape application for three to five days without irritating the skin or underlying structures. Kinesiology tape allows you to have a normal range of motion while still providing support.
In contrast, the athletic tape should only be applied a short time before an activity, and removed immediately after the activity, to ensure no further damage is done to the area. It is not water-proof, and the retained moisture it can trap will irritate the skin if left too long. Just the adhesive itself can cause irritation – so, instead of being applied directly onto the skin, it is often advised to use a non-adhesive pre-wrap between the tape and the skin.
What are the benefits of using Kinesio Tape?
- decreases pain
- increases circulation and decreases inflammation
- improves posture and supports muscles
- Improves athletic performance
- Allows the internal injury to heal
- Helps prevent further muscle injury while still allowing motion
Who can benefit from using Kinesio Tape
Kinesiology taping is a simple, effective way to get relief from pain and discomfort. It’s especially good for people who suffer from overused or injured muscles as well as those suffering from degenerative joint disease because it helps support their joints without putting pressure on them!
Kinesiology taping can help:
- People who have jobs that require hard physical labor and repetitive movements (construction workers, factory workers, gardeners, mechanics, miners, secretaries, etc.)
- People who work at a desk for long periods of time
- People who have sedentary lifestyles
- Athletes and other physically active people
- People who have bad posture
- People with joint pain or muscle or tendon injuries of any kind
Kinesiology tape is commonly used on the following body areas:
Who Can Help With My Muscle Pain and Joint Issues?
Bilky Joda-Miller, massage therapist and owner of All Body Kneads is skilled in applying Kinesio Taping. You can get it as an add-on to any massage or sauna appointment. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call517-898-2899 or book online.
We look forward to helping you feel better and have a more pain-free lifestyle.