Kinesio taping is a rehabilitative taping technique that assists the body’s natural processes of healing. It aims to provide support and stability to the structures of the body without restricting the body’s range of motion. It targets different receptors within the sensory nervous system to alleviate pain and assist with lymphatic drainage.
What is it?
How does it work?
Your therapist will assess you and from their clinical findings, they will determine which taping technique is best for you. Your therapist may apply strips in an “I”, “X”, “Y” shape in specific directions to achieve the desired clinical effect. The amount of stretch and direction the tape is applied has the ability to re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce pain and inflammation. Therapists may use it to prolong the benefits of manual therapy of other techniques performed in the clinic.
Like the skin, Kinesio Tex tape is porous. This feature improves patient comfort and allows the skin to breathe. The tape’s unique design is gentle on the skin, can be worn comfortably for days at a time and allows normal mobility through any stage of the rehabilitation process. It can give your joints support and stability without affecting your range of motion. Kinesio tape can also be used preventatively.
What conditions can it help with?
Kinesio taping can assist with conditions such as:
- Neurological conditions
- Musculoskeletal and sports injuries:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Lower back strain/pain
- Knee conditions
- Shoulder conditions
- Hamstring injuries
- Tennis elbow
- Plantar fasciitis
- Ankle sprains
This type of taping can assist with circulation, lymphatic flow, muscle function, remodelling of fascial tissue, improve balance. Other benefits include optimising performance and preventing re-injury.