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Kinesiology Taping has become quite popular over the last decades, from Olympic athletes to high school athletes and everybody in between. Kinesiology tape is constructed of fine, breathable, stretchable material, usually cotton or a cotton blend. Its elasticity does not overly restrict the area of application, and it is designed to provide just enough pressure and support to facilitate strength in the muscles and tissues.

Kinesiology taping can help someone lift their arm overhead when they are having shoulder pain, Can provide feedback for someone to improve their posture and stop back pain.KT Tape can be used to prevent or treat many common muscles and joint related injuries including sprains, muscle strains, subluxations, and tendonitis. KT tape provides support and pain relief before, during, and/or after an activity. 

Some of the Physiological effects of Kinesiology tape are it assists in the removal of edema by directing exudates toward lymph ducts, Lifts fascia, and soft tissue above the area of pain and inflammation, Provides sensory stimulation to assist or limit motion.

Areas of the body where kinesiology tape is commonly used include:

  • Back
  • Calves
  • Elbows
  • Hamstrings
  • Knees
  • Shins
  • Shoulders
  • Wrists

Kinesiology taping can help:

  • Those whose professions involve hard physical labor and repetitive movements (construction workers, factory workers, gardeners, mechanics, miners, secretaries, etc.)
  • People who sit and work at a desk for long periods every day, or who have sedentary lifestyles.
  • Athletes and other physically active people, including cyclists, golfers, joggers, and other exercise enthusiasts or those involved in sports.
  • People who suffer the after-effects of bad posture, poor sleeping habits, etc.
  • Joint pain sufferers.
  • People suffering from joint, muscle, or tendon injuries of any kind, whether due to disease or accidents.

Five of the top benefits of using this method are:

  1. Decreased Pain: By gently applying pressure, kinesiology tape helps to disrupt and dissipate pain.
  2. Increased Circulation and Decreased Inflammation: The tape can help remove congestion while allowing efficient circulation of oxygenated blood and lymphatic fluids. Circulation flushes out irritants, thereby reducing inflammation and chemical buildup and fostering a speedy recovery.
  3. Improved Posture and Muscle Support: Taping areas that veer away from correct posture can help gently support proper posture. Proper taping also enables weak muscles to function efficiently, reduces pain and fatigue, and protects against cramping, over-extension, and over-contraction.
  4. Improved Athletic Performance: By supporting unstable joints and delivering slight pressure to “sleeping” muscles, taping can prompt higher performance. Unlike other assistive devices that can lead to dependence on them for stability and support, kinesiology tape trains the body to become independent and efficient.
  5. Supported endogenous analgesic system: The tape enables the body’s own healing mechanisms to work in the recovery process. (“Endogenous” means “internal,” and “analgesic” means “relieving pain.”)