Q: What is “kinesio-tape?”
Is it just for athletes?
A: “Kinesio-tape” is short for kinesiology tape.
It is a special kind of tape that doctors, physical therapists, and trainers use to enhance therapy. Kinesio-tape has three main functions. First, the tape provides “dynamic support,” meaning that it will offer stability while allowing you to move. Second, the tape helps to decrease pain in the area it’s applied. Third, the tape helps reduce swelling and improve lymphatic flow.
Kinesio-tape is designed to mimic the thickness, weight, and elasticity of human skin. This lends the tape to nearly endless applications. The tape can be worn for three to six days; it’s waterproof and can be worn while exercising, swimming, or in the shower.
Athletes sometimes notice bigger improvements faster, but you don’t need to be an athlete to benefit. Benefit from the tape is determined by the cause of your problem, not by what you do for a living!
Common conditions that improve with the use of kinesio-tape include: whiplash, carpal tunnel, muscle cramps, back pain, shoulder problems, plantar fasciitis, golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow, shin splints, ankle sprains, knee issues, postural problems, and pain.
It must be noted that kinesio-tape alone is not a “cure all.” If you use the tape but don’t address the cause of the problem, the tape will not have a lasting effect. To get the best results, the tape must be coupled with other conservative care therapies. Ask your doctor how you can benefit from the use of kinesio-tape.
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