What is Kinesiology Taping?
Kinesiology tape is effective to reduce inflammation, increase support and stability, reduce pain and improve function and range of movement. Tape application provides stability and support to joints and muscles, depending on the cut and amount of stretch used. Range of motion is not restricted since the tape’s longitudinal axis ‘stretch’ allows it to move with the body, and facilitates correct movement patterns. Tape can be used to enhance the effects of any bodywork session.
Kinesiology tape works by lifting the hair and skin to create a decompressive effect. This decompression allows blood to flow more freely through the underlying soft tissue, which helps to remove waste products and inflammation/oedema whilst also increasing blood flow. This brings oxygen and nutrients which are vital for healing. Tape decompression effect reduces pressure on the pain receptors (nociceptors) whilst stimulating the mechanoreceptors which play a part in proprioception/movement awareness. Furthermore the pressure on the layer of tissue between skin and bone is reduced, restoring normal slide and glide mechanics between the layers. This mechanism increases range of motion.
Kinesiology tape can also be used in competition animals without injuries to give extra support to areas under more stress during training and competition. (Competition rules do apply)