Kinesio tape – What is this colourful tape for?

Kinesio TapeNow for all you runners who have been pounding the streets out there, competing in various races or even watching any sport on the telly, I am sure you will have seen all this different coloured tape all over athletes legs, arms, shoulders, backs and so on, you may be thinking what on earth it's for?!

The answer is KINESIOLOGY TAPE or K-TAPE, a valuable taping treatment to help injured athletes and sports men and women with rehabilitation and performance, its versatile application can help a wide array of injuries and conditions, the colour of the tape on the other hand is purely down to personal preference, neon blue, electric pink and my personal favourite, the union jack design – a therapeutic treatment, just combined with a fashion statement!

Kinesio marathonWhat can it help?

  • Runners knee pain
  • Shin splints
  • ITB Syndrome
  • Patello-femoral pain
  • Sprained ankles
  • Back pain
  • and more…

What is Kinesiology Tape?

Kinesiology tape was first used by acupuncturists and chiropractors in Japan, today kinesiology tape is used by a wide variety of health professionals throughout the world to treat injuries and pain.

Common Kinesio Tape applications in Running

Kinesio tape is commonly applied to the following parts of the body to help with injuries in that area:

  • Knee
  • Ankle
  • Thigh
  • Shin
  • Pulled or strained muscles
  • Hamstring, Calf, Quad muscles
  • Ligament strains

What does it do?  

Kinesio tape is commonly used by athletes and health professionals to help with a wide variety of musculo-skeletal and sporting injuries and to achieve the following:

  • Ease pain
  • Reduce swelling
  • Decrease tightness and stiffness
  • Delay onset of muscle fatigue and cramp  

How does it work?

When applied properly, kinesio tape lifts the skin away from the muscle, which promotes positive changes in the body’s fluid, mechanical and neurological systems. Commonly people wearing kinesio tape report less pain, swelling and tightness, greater awareness of the area and later onset of fatigue.

The benefits of kinesiology taping:  

  • Pain relief: by reducing pressure on pain receptors
  • Reduced swelling: by improving fluid dynamics
  • Posture control: by acting as an elastic reminder
  • Normalises muscle activity  

Kinesio tape can also:  

  • Delay fatigue
  • Improve proprioception and co-ordination
  • Optimise injury recovery
  • Allow athletes to remain active while injured      

At Chart Clinic our kinesiology tape trained therapists have found it to be very useful with great feedback from our patients.   If you would like to discuss your injury or how taping may help you, please feel free to contact us here 

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