Kinesiology tape is tape which has the same thickness and elasticity of the skin. It allows the skin to breathe and can be worn for 4-5 days. It allows the normalisation of over-stretched or over-contracted muscles.
The main functions of Kinesiology taping are:
- To normalise muscle function
- To Improve lymphatic and blood flow
- To reduce and manage pain
- To correct misalignment of joints and tissues
With injury the space between the skin and muscles gets compressed which can cause pain and poor lymphatic drainage. By putting the K-tape on a stretch when applying, the space between the skin and muscle increases. This means the skin and muscles can move more freely and thus cause pain relief.
Kinesiology taping for sports injuries
Kinesiology taping is particularly useful for treating sporting injuries or helping reduce the stress on any previous injury during games.
We find that kinesiology taping is particularly beneficial for the treatment of common sports injuries such as hamstring and quad strains in footballers and shoulder injuries and pain caused by tennis and cricket injuries.