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The Benefits of Kinesiology Taping

Why should I try kinesiology taping?

Lately, you may have noticed many athletes in the Olympics or in athletic competitions with different colors of tape on their backs, shoulder and legs.  You may ask yourself what in the heck is the purpose of that tape and what does it really do for injuries or performance during sports.  There is some recent research coming out that shows many objective benefits of kinesiology taping. 

Kinesiology taping turns down the volume on pain

More specifically, it runs interference on pain.  When kinesiology tape is properly applied, it helps to change how your body interprets pain, turning down the pain “volume” that your body hears.

Decompresses an area of swelling and inflammation

When kinesiology tape is applied to the skin, it has a microscopic lifting effect underneath the skin and between the many layers. This allows the by-products created by inflammation to be removed more quickly.

It delays fatigue

Research has shown that kinesiology tape on skin can attenuate muscle fatigue, not only for the parts of your body that are currently hurting, but also for the surrounding areas as they help to pick up the slack for muscles that are currently not working well.

It normalizes muscle tone

When someone is injured, fatigued, sick, or inflamed, the symphony of muscle action that normally takes place with great accuracy often falls out of tune. Kinesiology tape helps bring dormant muscle back to life and help calm down the overactive muscles. It helps your body coordinate movement as if it weren’t hurt, hence allowing it to heal properly.

It distributes physical stress

Unlike conventional taping, which prevents movement – kinesiology tape allows full movement of a taped area.  Through elastic properties and quick recoil.

As a physical therapist I utilize kinesiology taping daily for many injuries.  Below are some conditions that I have found kinesiology taping to be beneficial for treating.

  1. Low back pain
  2. Whiplash
  3. Ankle sprains
  4. Poor posture
  5. Anterior knee pain
  6. Sciatica

Recent research has shown some positive results for kinesiology taping to help improve performance of athletes in competition.  Below are some of the applications that I have found useful for taping of athletes.

  1. Taping the anterior knee for runners
  2. Taping the posterior chain muscles for CrossFit athletes
  3. Taping the low back muscles and scapular muscles for powerlifters
  4. Taping the bottom of the feet and ankle regions for trail runners

At Orthopedic Rehabilitation Associates we have many physical therapists that are certified through RockTape FMT.  If you have more questions or would like to try out kinesiology taping please feel free to contact one of our offices or visit us at ORACLINIC.com

 

Dan Fogarty, PT, MPT

Orthopedic Rehabilitation Associates

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