Kinesio / RockTape does it work? (rev 2)
Today im going to write about a special kind of tape that helps promote blood flow to the muscles and aid in recovery and injury prevention. I first heard of Kinesio tape a few years back when my friend who is a part-time runner and now on a collegiate scholarship playing american football started using it. It just looks like masking tape but he stated it was very effective. I also noted another friend Mary Joy Tabal a prominent road runner in the Philippines started using the full application taping methods of the Kinesio tape for the entire leg. The other day when I had my deep tissue massage my psio started telling me about a better version of Kinesio called Rock Tape. My Physio swore by it and said it had really fixed up thumb problems he had for years after a few weeks of use and significantly reduced his knee pain. I then decided to go on Ebay and buy some, i ordered some from the UK and after 7 days (custom delays) it arrived.
I taped my foot, knee area, groin and calve and it was really effective in helping speed up recovery between sessions. The other thing i liked about it compared to standard tape and joint supporters is that it’s so light you can’t even feel that it is their when you have it on and allows full range and freedom of movements.
About the Tape
Athletic taping is typically done with a non-elastic tape which will be wrapped around joints to stabilize them and restrict motion. Kinesio(TM) taping has a much broader range of applications. The tape is 140% the elasticity of human skin. By skillfully applying the tape to specific structures with a particular amount of stretch on the tape different effects can be achieved. Some of these effects include: muscle inhibition, muscle facilitation, increased circulation, increased lymphatic drainage (to reduce swelling), pain relief, functional correction, and increased range of motion.
The effect that there is the most evidence to support is lymphatic drainage. Kinesio(TM) Taping techniques can be used to encourage the reduction of swelling, edema, and bruising. There is also evidence to indicate that it can improve the proprioception in some joints possibly reducing the likelihood of an injury such as an ankle sprain.
Beyond sporting applications Kinesio(TM) taping is used to treat discomfort associated with pregnancy, infant colic and digestive disorders, and TMJ disorders to name a few conditions. Although there is a certification for Kinesio(TM) taping, the application of the tape may be done without certification.
Kinesio Taping is a technique based on the body’s own natural healing process. This Kinesio Taping exhibits its efficacy through the activation of neurological and circulatory systems. This method basically stems from the science of Kinesiology, hence the name “Kinesio”. Muscles are not only attributed to the movements of the body but also control the circulation of venous and lymph flows, body temperature, etc. Therefore, the failure of the muscles to function properly induces various kinds of symptoms.
Consequently, so much attention was given to the importance of muscle function that the idea of treating the muscles in order to activate the body’s own healing process came about. Using an elastic tape, it was discovered that muscles and other tissues could be helped by outside assistance. Employment of Kinesio Taping creates a totally new approach to treating nerves, muscles, and organs. The first application of Kinesio Taping was for a patient with articular disorders.
For the first 10 years, orthopedists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and other medical practitioners were the main users of Kinesio Taping. Soon thereafter, Kinesio Taping was used by the Japanese Olympic volleyball players and word quickly spread to other athletes. Today, Kinesio Taping is used by medical practitioners and athletes around the world.
The Kinesio Taping Method is applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused tired muscles, and to support muscles in movement on a 24hr/day basis. It is a non-restrictive type of taping which allows for full range of motion.
In contrast, traditional sports’ taping is wrapped around a joint strictly for stabilization and support during a sporting event obstructing the flow of bodily fluids as an UNDESIRABLE side-effect.
Kinesio Tape is used for anything from headaches to foot problems and everything in between. Examples include: muscular facilitation or inhibition in pediatric patients, carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back strain/pain (subluxations, herniated disc), knee conditions, shoulder conditions, hamstring, groin injury, rotator cuff injury, whiplash, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, patella tracking, pre and post surgical edema, ankle sprains, athletic preventative injury method, and as a support method.
Read this article on how to get rid of sore muscles.
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- Dr. Lehman: Kinesio Tape (fox2now.com)
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- The Silent Star of the 2012 Olympics: Kinesio Tape (washingtonian.com)
- Strapping lads and lassies… Kinesio tape, a style statement as well as taking the strain (standard.co.uk)
- Kinesio Taping – The Latest Sports Fad (randi.org)
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- Kinesio tape, latest must-have for injuries (thehindu.com)