Kinesiology tape, also known as traditional athletic tape, Kinesio tape, or KT Tape is a therapeutic taping method developed by Japanese chiropractor Kenzo Kase that is used to stabilize injured areas and improve movement. This type of tape is made from cotton and has an adhesive that sticks to the skin. When the tape is applied, it applies pressure to the tissues surrounding the injury and helps them move with the body. But what's actually going on underneath the tape? And does it help? We're covering everything you need to know in this article.
Kinesio taping is often used to support muscles and joints. Tape can help with a variety of injuries, including:
- Achilles tendonitis
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS)
- Hamstring strains
- Groin strains
- Shin splints
The tape is applied to the skin in a specific pattern depending on the injury. For example, if you're suffering from Achilles tendonitis, the kinesiology tape will be applied in a figure-eight pattern around the ankle. Once the tape is applied, it should provide support and relief from pain. It's important to note that kinesiology tape is not meant to be a replacement for traditional methods of treatment, such as rest, ice, and physical therapy. Rather, it should be used in conjunction with these methods to provide the best possible outcome.
So how does kinesiology tape work?
The theory behind how it works is that the tape provides a lifting effect on the skin, which creates more space between the skin and muscles. This space allows for reduced inflammation, and better blood and lymphatic circulation. Think of it this way: kinesio tape helps position and keep that area of your body in place to enable recovery before, during, and after activity. Similar to a brace, however kinesiology tape is helping your muscles, tendons and connective tissue move better, rather than restricting them from movement.
Does kinesiology taping help?
Kinesio tape is used by hundreds of thousands of practitioners and even more individuals. As much as it's not the sole solution to recovery, it's an important and handy tool in the process. When kinesiology tape is applied, you will feel:
increased blood flow for reduced bruising or inflammation
full range of motion in that area
What kinesio tape brand should I use?
There are many brands of kinesiology tape, the big names are RockTape and KT Tape. However, not all of them are created equal. Here at MobilityTape, we are one of the only brands that infuses menthol into the adhesive, which provides a heating sensation that lasts up to 60 hours. Menthol is an analgesic, which means it helps to decrease pain and inflammation. In addition, Mobility Tape's adhesive is water and sweat-resistant, lasting up to 7 days on the skin without irritation.
If you're looking for relief from pain and inflammation, give Mobility Tape a try. Our video tutorials will show you how to apply the tape to your specific injury. With the proper steps, you'll be back to your old self in no time!