Taping over a problem? Quite the contrary! | Kinesiology Tape
You may have wondered why some professional tennis players, amongst other sports stars, are covered in multi-coloured tape, or footballers have tape on their legs…there is science behind it and it’s not just because they want to look cool, according to some family members! As a physiotherapist practice, it is not uncommon to recommend and use Kinesiology taping as part of a planned treatment, but what is all the fuss about?
Why Kinesiology taping?
The planned application of Kinesiology tape is a fantastic rehabilitative tool that, in conjunction with a holistic assessment and a physiotherapy treatment programme, can return you more quickly to normal function and sporting activity. Due to the tape’s flexible design, it allows the body to move without restriction and can be applied to children through to the older adult, addressing orthopaedic, neuromuscular, neurological, and other medical conditions.
Helping running technique
Kinesiology taping can assist physiotherapists in correcting an individual’s gait or running technique by helping activate some muscles, whilst switching others off. Application of the tape can also reduce inflammation through lymphatic drainage, by microscopically lifting the skin, and thus usually reducing pain.
Applied correctly, further physiological benefits include those to the skin, lymphatic and circulatory systems, muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. Not only can it be a fantastic rehabilitation tool, perhaps post-op rehabilitation, but it can help prevent injury too.
How can it work?
Kinesiology taping can inhibit pain pathways, which in turn improves muscle tone and can decrease muscle spasms. It can help realign joint position, helping joints function in their correct position and reducing likelihood of pain. It may also delay muscle fatigue which can improve an individual’s overall performance, especially after an injury, or sports injury.
We look forward to helping you with your physiotherapy needs. If you are interested in our services feel free to call us on 07309 272 555 or email Physio@Lifemadesimple.co.uk. Life Made Simple - expert Kinesiology taping in Guildford and Surrey.