Everything You Need to Know About Kinesio Taping
Many different athletes have different cool down or healing routines that they perform after a tough game or a rigid work out. Everything from an ice bath to a simple walk around the gym could be considered a healing process for your muscles and body to get restored again to normal functioning.
However, many people have found that a method of sports taping known as kinesiotaping helps them prevent and recover from injury more quickly.
Break it Down
Kinesiotape is an elastic cotton strip with an adhesive applied to it. The tape itself is very thin and stretchy – closely resembling your actual skins texture and movements. It has an elastic type feel and sense to it and is very different than other types of tapes that an athlete or chiropractor may use for muscle related injuries. Most of the time, you see athletes who have tape wrapped around different joints and muscles to try and relive the pain. Kinesio tape though, does not need to be fully wrapped around your body, it can simply be placed directly over the injured area and it will work its magic.
Because it is so skin-like, you can wear this tape for up to 5 days straight without really even knowing it is there, but still reaping all of the health benefits from it. You have the option to shower and swim with this tape on as well because it only requires a quick pat-down dry afterwards and you won’t even feel it on your skin after that.
Why Should I Consider Kinesio Taping?
There are many different health factors that play into the benefits of using Kinesio tape as a muscle relief and injury healer. A good point to start off with is the fact that this tape is designed to move and breath with your skin so once you stick it on, there is no slipping or sliding and moving away from the injured area that needs the aid. This guarantees that if you do leave it on for up to 5 days, it will stay in place and allow for a quicker healing process. Kinesio tape is great for reduction of swelling in joints and muscles. The tape is created to have a vacuum effect on your body and it allows for drainage of certain systems in your body in order to keep inflammation down and pain to stay away.
While the scientific evidence on kinesiotaping is still limited, people report it helps with:
- Muscle strains
- Ligament sprains
- Joint stability
- Muscle facilitation and weakness
- Poor posture
- Plantar fasciitis
- Swelling and oedema
There are many different health benefits involved with Kinesio taping and it is definitely a method we would recommend to athletes. We have 2 locations that we can provide this type of taping method to your muscles and joints. Even if you just want to come in and ask questions about the proper way to do things so you don’t injury yourself more, that is fine with us! Give us call in Roxburgh Park at (03) 9303 9952 or in Sunbury at (03) 9746 3977. We can assist you with your muscle pains and get your relief started, today.