Taping can be used alongside other treatments in the rehabilitation of injury but can also be used on muscles or near joints as a protective measure to prevent injury during exercise and sports.
The main functions of this tape are to support your muscles, improve circulation, enabling the internal injury to heal but while still allowing motion and preventing any further damage.
Kinesiology tape is usually made from cotton or a cotton type blend that is elastic and breathable. The stretch in the material means the area it is applied to will not get too restricted, instead it provides support and pressure to encourage muscle and tissue strength.
Medically approved adhesive is used for the tape to stick to your skin, and this is also water and sweat proof meaning it should stay in place for 3-4 days even with showering and exercising. You can get it in latex-free and hypoallergenic forms for people who are allergic to latex.
Kinesiology taping works by supporting and stabilising the injured area from applying pressure to the tissues under the tape. It creates space by lifting the layer of fascia underneath the skin which then allows more room for blood flow and lymphatic fluid to move around the injured muscle to aid with healing the inflammation without the need for medications or surgery. It does this while still allowing the connective tissue to move with the body.
Taping can be done to help with recovery after another treatment, or it can be done on its own if you have an event or competition coming up where your muscles might need some extra support. We offer Kinesiology Taping here at TFD Therapy both alongside our other treatments such as sports massage, soft tissue therapy, shockwave therapy, dry cupping and dry needling, as well as on its own as a standalone treatment.
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