What Is Kinesiology Tape
Kinesiology tape’s origins are in Japan in the early 1970’s. It was invented to help with injury prevention and recovery as well. Soon after, professional athletes from Asia began to appear in competitions using the tape both during events to improve performance and after to help recuperation. Today, kinesiology tape has become commonplace from medical and chiropractic offices to cross-fit training centers and the Olympic Games. Today we will get into more details.
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What Is Kinesiology Tape?
Kinesiology tape goes directly over an affected joint or muscle group or around its borders. The tape features a thin, stretchy fabric made from cotton or a cotton/nylon blend. The tape also comes with an adhesive layer made from a hypoallergenic, medical-grade acrylic that goes against your skin. Therefore, the tape is flexible, comfortable and non-irritating. It doesn’t feature any latex and does not contain any medication or topical ingredients.
The kinesiology tape is elastic. It is similar in elasticity and thickness to the human skin, stretching and moving together with the body. In other words, it does not restrict movement or create the constriction sensation given by other athletic recovery accessories.
You can safely and comfortably wear the kinesiology tape for several days in a row, while it allows your injured muscles and joints to heal faster. In order to understand better the benefits of the kinesiology tape, let’s take a look at how it works.
How Does Kinesiology Tape Work?
If you injured an area while training, you most likely feel pain and inflammation. This happens because blood and other fluids collect in the area, build up, and exercise pressure on the pain receptors. The healing process begins when these fluids, following the acute stage, begin to drain through the lymphatic drainage vessels in the area, allowing the swelling and discomfort to regress. Unfortunately, some injuries are severe enough to compress the drainage vessels, with the persistence of swelling and pain consequently.
This is where the kinesiology tape comes in: the elasticity in the tape gently lifts the skin, creating wrinkles on its surface. These wrinkles allow the creation of a microscopic space between the skin and the tissues below. This way, the lymphatic drainage vessels dilate, permitting the proper drainage of excess fluid away from the area, further alleviating the pressure on the blood vessels and pain receptors. Together with the improvements of the blood flow and lymphatic drainage, comes the healing and recovery of the injured area. Therefore, kinesiology tape helps bruises and injuries heal faster.
What are the Main Kinesiology Tape Benefits?
As you saw above, the K-Tape allows you to recover better and faster from injuries. Let us resume now the main benefits of the kinesiology tape:
- Relieves pain;
- Reduces inflammation;
- Accelerates the healing in the case of bruises and contusions;
- Alleviates and prevents muscle cramps and spasms;
- Helps overused muscles to recover faster;
- Supports injured muscles and joints without restricting mobility;
- Enhances muscle tone and strength in weak muscles;
- It is water resistant but breathable.
Besides the fact that kinesiology tape allows you to remain active even if you suffered injuries, it is also one of the most affordable and effective therapeutic methods. It contains no medication, has no side effects and few contraindications, and anyone can learn to apply it correctly.
How Do You Apply Kinesiology Tape?
If you follow these steps correctly, you can safely apply the kinesiology tape and enjoy its benefits:
- Clean the skin area with rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer and make sure you apply the tape at least one hour before sweating, swimming, or showering;
- Do not stretch the tape when you apply the ends of each strip;
- After application, vigorously rub the tape from the center to the ends and not the other way around;
- Do not apply it on any skin surface that presents cuts, burns, sunburns, rashes, irritations, or other types of damages; if you have sensitive skin, do a test for 24 hours to notice if any irritation occurs.
Until our next meeting, allow us to remind you that Motus Tape premium cotton kinesiology tape features the best quality materials and adhesives, tested and developed by doctors and athletes, to help you live a lifetime of pain-free motion. We are committed to you and our community to help you be your best. We know you will enjoy using our tape and stand behind it with a 30-Day money back guarantee.