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How Kinesio Taping Is Used To Treat And Prevent Sports-Related Injuries

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Kinesio taping is a therapeutic treatment used to support the body’s natural healing process, provide increased stability to muscles and joints, prevent injury, and enhance athletic performance. The original iteration of kinesio tape was developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase in the late 1970s as he sought a tape that provided support and stability, but that didn’t inhibit movement and motion. Today’s kinesio tapes are latex-free, hypoallergenic, and durable, remaining in place for several days. Kinesio tape is superior to other methods for stabilizing injuries such as wrapping because it does not impede circulation or range of motion in the treatment area. Here is how kinesio taping is used to treat and prevent sports-related injuries.

The Technology Of Taping

Kinesio tape is designed to mimic the skin’s natural elasticity to allow for optimal movement and circulation. It uses a medical-grade adhesive that is water-resistant so that it is strong enough to remain in place for several days, impervious to sweat, showering, and swimming. When the tape is applied correctly, it contracts slightly and is thought to gently lift your skin creating microscopic spaces between your skin and the tissues underneath.

Taping For Treatment

Managing Pain Signals: We all have nerve receptors in our skin, our muscles, our fascia, and other connective tissues. Kinesio tape can be strategically applied to cause compression or decompression to the treatment area and alter pain signals to the brain. The tape can be used to engage or excite certain muscles or muscle groups or to isolate or disengage certain muscles, interrupting pain signals.

Improving Circulation: Injury can cause a buildup of blood and other fluids resulting in inflammation and swelling. Lymphatic vessels can become compressed or congested and this prevents the removal of excess fluids and the delivery of oxygen and nutrients that can aid in healing. Kinesio tape gently lifts skin to improve circulation, alleviate pressure, and reduce swelling.

Managing Scarring: Although kinesio tape should never be applied directly to open wounds or freshly healing wounds, there is evidence to support the use of taping to support healing skin and tissues thereby minimizing re-injury and scarring.

Taping For Prevention

Supporting Weak Zones: Kinesio tape is ideal for adding extra support to muscles and joints that are recovering from injury or that are weakened. The benefit of kinesio tape over traditional sport taping methods is that the stretch and flex of kinesio tape enable free and natural movement. It will also support fatigued muscles during endurance training and performance.

Re-Educating Muscles: Kinesio tape is an excellent therapy for re-training muscles that are not functioning optimally or that have been allowed to develop unhealthy methods of performing. Kinesio tape can be used to support athletes recovering from injury as a prompt or stimulus to engage muscles properly and efficiently. It has even been used to correct posture and movement patterns.

Enhancing Performance: Many athletes opt for kinesio taping to enhance performance and prevent injury while training and competing. Taping can be used to activate certain muscles and “remind” them to remain engaged during performance. Kinesio tape can be strategically placed to support muscles and joints without impairing movement and range of motion. The kinesio taping method also reduces post-activity swelling and optimizes recovery after competition

Explore The Benefits Of Kinesio Taping At Shephard Health

Kinesio taping is an effective way to support the muscles and joints, reduce the risk of injury, and enhance the body’s natural healing process. It can be used to treat pain, restore function, and enhance performance in anyone suffering pain or injury. Kinesio taping is ideally suited for combination with a variety of therapies such as Physical Rehabilitation and Biomechanical Analysis for athletes

As one of Calgary’s Top 3 Rated Chiropractors of 2021, Dr. Shephard uses a variety of treatment modalities to heal and repair injury, enhance athletic performance, restore movement and mobility, and achieve overall health and wellness at our NW Calgary clinic in Kensington. The Shephard Health team has over 20 years of experience in services ranging from Chiropractic Care and Spinal Decompression Therapy to Active Release Technique and Massage. We are committed to providing personalized treatment solutions to our patients with thoughtful care and experienced competence. We offer a no-obligation, complimentary consultation to assure you that we are the right team to help you achieve your goals for wellness and pain-free living. Call us at 1-403-543-7499 or fill out the form to book your appointment.

FAQ

Q: Does kinesio tape improve athletic performance?
A: Kinesio tape can impact athletic performance by:

  • Supporting muscles and joints during training and competition
  • Engaging or disengaging certain muscles or muscle groups
  • Allowing full range of motion and not limiting movement (unlike traditional tapes)
  • Preventing swelling and inflammation
  • Reducing recovery time after activity

Q: How long does kinesio taping last?
A: The tape itself will remain in place for several days even when you sweat, swim, or shower. It is a good idea to take a one or two day break between applications to allow your skin some time to recover.

Q: Should I shave my skin prior to kinesio taping?
A: If your treatment area has dense hair it could affect the ability of the kinesio tape to adhere to your skin. It may also cause some pain when you remove the tape. It is best to trim hair in these areas to about ⅛” for optimal performance and comfortable removal.

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