How does Kinesio Taping Work?
Kinesio Taping’s key differentiator is its ability to aid the lymphatic and muscle systems. The Kinesio Taping applications are a major breakthrough which substantially reduce recovery times and improve fitness levels.
Applications can also encourage lymphatic fluid to move from areas of high pressure to low pressure and towards working lymph nodes.
Kinesio Taping can also help to facilitate the stretch response with movement or muscle contraction. To ensure that the muscles have free range of motion, elastic tapes with an elasticity of 130-140% of its original length are recommended for Kinesio Taping. This specific elasticity also will not allow an over stretch of the muscles themselves. It may look like conventional athletic tape, but tape and Kinesio Taping is fundamentally different. Kinesio Taping is based on a different philosophy that aims to give free range of motion in order to allow the body’s muscular system to heal itself bio-mechanically.
Without KT there is pain and pressure on the receptors. Blood and Lymph is trapped under the skin. With KT the top layer of tape causes convolutions and lifts the skin. Pain and pressure is reduced. Blood and Lymph fluid is dispersed.
Physiological Effects of Kinesio Tex Taping:
- Relieves pain
- Supports muscles in movement
- Removes lymphatic fluid congestion
- Corrects joint mis-alignment
- Assists in positioning a muscle or joint into proper position for rehabilitation
- Assists a weak muscle by placing it in a normal position
- Improves kinesthetic awareness of posture and alignment