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Kinesio Taping

WHAT IS KINESIOTAPE? 

           

If you’ve had the chance to watch the summer Olympic games recently, you may have seen some colourful tape on some of the athletes. Pink, blue, red, black, or any number of other coulours, but what is the tape for?

KinesioTape can be used to:

  1. Decrease pain
  2. Make a weak or injured muscle stronger
  3. Relax tight muscles
  4. Decrease swelling

 

KinesioTape is a highly engineered and sophisticated product. It contains no medicine and its effectiveness is achieved by manipulating the elastic properties of the tape. An extremely simplified description of the product, it has four main functions depending on the method used to apply it to the skin.

DECREASE PAIN

Have you ever wondered why we vigorously rub or shake a body part after we hit it on something? The area of the spinal cord that interprets “pain signals” (nociception) can be interrupted by “motion or touch signals” (proprioceptors and mechanoreceptors), so by doing this, we reduce the amount of pain signals that are reaching our brains.

As the tape adheres to the skin, the same touch receptors are being stimulated and are blocking the pain signal. This is called the gate theory of pain perception.

MAKING A WEAK OR INJURED MUSCLE STRONGER (MUSCLE FACILITATION)

The skin is attached to layers of tissue called fascia, which is attached to and affects the muscles that we use to move. The tape has a strong elastic pull, and when it is applied with a degree of stretch, it is turn pulls on the skin, which pulls the underlying fascia and muscle. This pull can influence, aid, and assist the underlying muscle to increase ease of movement or the amount of power that the muscle can produce.

RELAXING TIGHT MUSCLES (MUSCLES INHIBITION)

If the tape is applied with no stretch overtop of a tight muscle it will relax the skin, fascia, and muscle underneath. This technique is affective to relax tight muscles due to postural strain for both athletes and non-athletes.

It is affective to use both muscle facilitation and muscle inhibition at the same time. Many people experience muscle imbalances within their bodies that can cause painful movements and may lead to tissue damage. Imbalances are when one group of muscles is working too hard and another is not working enough; it is treated by inhibiting the muscles that are overworking, and facilitating the muscles that are not working hard enough.

DECREASE SWELLING

As already mentioned, the tape has strong elastic recoil, which can be used to help fluid movement and can decrease swelling. When the tape is placed on lengthened skin with no stretch, as the body part is brought back to a neutral position, the tape will lift and wrinkle the skin creating a potential space for increased ease of fluid movement. With regard to superficial swelling, 90% of the fluid sits under the skin, so by lifting it, there is more room and greater potential to move the fluid out and reduce the swelling and bruising. This application technique is very affective to reduce post surgical swelling as well as treating bruises and sports injuries. 

As can be seen here, there is beige coloured tape over a fresh bruise in a crisscrossed pattern.  The following picture shows how fluid has moved more efficiently underneath the tape and as a result the bruising in those areas has healed quicker than the areas without tape.
                                               
   

KinesioTaping is offered at Momentum Chiropractic and Sports Therapy and as a promotional offer, your first application from Dr. Girdler is FREE. Please book your appointment today!

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