A Japanese chiropractor, Dr. Kenzo Kase, developed the first-ever kinesiology tape in the late1970’s. Kinesiotaping is a taping method in which a professional, in most cases, a chiropractor, strategically applies a therapeutic tape to the skin. You might have seen athletes using colorful tape on their knee, shoulder, ankle, and any other part of the body, and it is not just any colored tape. It is used as a treatment for multiple sports injuries, musculoskeletal pain, knee pain, and much more.
Kinesiology taping can be added to other treatment methods.
Benefits of Kinesiology Taping
Using kinesiology tape may provide patients with multiple health benefits such as:
Spasms, cramps, and injury prevention.
Improves lymphatic drainage and blood flow.
Reduction of pain intensity and muscle fatigue.
One of the main effects on muscles is alignment.
Even though these are some of the many benefits kinesiotaping has on patients, studies have shown they can do so much more. Some studies show that it helps reduce fluid in a wide variety of cases, like people who recently had a total knee replacement. Studies have also shown that kinesiotaping enhances muscle strength, movement, and flexibility which may help with sports-related injuries.
Although no extensive studies show the efficacy of kinesiotaping, it has proved to help many conditions. It has helped many patients with pain relief, injury prevention, and swelling.
There are infinite ways to apply kinesiology tape, different shapes and areas of the body. Since it is a non-invasive treatment, it can be used on patients of all ages. Kinesiology tape application shouldn’t be random, especially because it can harm your skin and body. A professional must review your case first to determine how and where it should be applied. You might find tips and tutorials on how you can apply it yourself, but there are many ways it could go wrong, and maybe you need another type of method or treatment other than kinesiology tape.
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