You may have seen Kinesiology tape, or Kinesio tape, on athletes at sporting events, on television, or even at the gym. The Kinesio taping method was developed in 1979 by Dr. Kenzo Kase, a chiropractor in Japan, as a way to help increase the effectiveness of chiropractic therapy in between sessions. The method was brought to the United States in 1995, and it is still used to help treat athletes and other individuals in between chiropractic appointments.
But what exactly can this colorful tape do for athletes?
Kinesiology Taping for Athletes
Many chiropractors use kinesiology taping to help athletes and other active individuals prevent and recover from injuries as well as maintain a healthy body. Kinesio tape has many uses and is effective in helping athletes:
- Relieve muscle pain and soreness
- Reduce inflammation of the muscles
- Relax overused or overworked muscles
- Improve performance during endurance athletics
- Bring the body back into alignment
- Support muscles during a sporting event
- Aid in rehabilitation after a sports injury
Dr Stribling explains Kinesio Tape while taping a Knee
Though kinesiology tape may look simple, the taping process is actually quite complex. There are several different combinations of tapes and tension strengths, and the taping method will ultimately depend on the end goal or type of injury. That is why it’s best to visit a professional who is trained in this type of therapy rather than trying to tape yourself at home.
How Kinesio Tape Works
Kinesio tape differs from typical athletic tape in that it is made up of cotton fibers that allow for a full range of motion and do not restrict blood flow. This is why you will often see athletes with kinesiology tape on during sporting events or competitions. The tape helps relieve pain, while also offering athletes structural or muscle support. Therapy professionals apply the tape using different tension strengths and techniques in order to stabilize the affected area during workouts or after an injury.
Kinesio Tape in the News
Kinesiology tape is applied in a number of patterns depending on the affected muscles. In order to achieve the desired results, the tape creates a small space between the muscle and skin layers. This space takes the pressure off the injured or aching muscles and allows for better movement, lymphatic drainage and blood flow.
Keeping Active Bodies Healthy
As an athlete or regularly active individual, it’s important for you to take care of your body to avoid injury and chronic pain. Regularly visiting a chiropractor is essential for maintaining alignment and overall wellness, as well as pain management and rehabilitation. Visiting a chiropractic professional who is experienced in the use and application of kinesiology tape can help you maintain your endurance and range of motion during competitions and events.
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