Have you seen the brightly coloured strips of tape on rugby players legs? A large black mass on the shoulder of volleyball players? Ever wondered what it is? It's Kinesiotape!
This tape and particular taping method allows the individual to wear and receive the therapeutic benefits of tape on a 24-hours/day basis, and can be worn several days per application. Currently, Kinesio Taping is practiced in hospitals, clinics, and by professional sports teams such as the Silver Ferns.
Kinesio Taping method
The Kinesio Taping method involves taping over and around muscles in order to either assist and give muscles some support, or to prevent the muscles working TOO hard. The first technique gives the Physio the opportunity to actually give support with full range of motion which will enable you to participate in physical activity. The second helps fight against overuse and muscle work and helps provide 24 hrs/day lymphatic fluid drainage. This technique is most commonly used in the acute state of rehabilitation. Kinesio Tex Tape can also be used in conjunction with other treatments in our clinic.
Kinesio Taping® Method is applied over muscles to reduce pain & inflammation, relax overused tired muscles, and to support muscles in movement on a 24/hr day basis. It is not a restrictive type of taping, and allows for full range of motion. In contrast, traditional sports' taping is wrapped around a joint strictly for stabilisation and support during a sporting event.
Kinesiotape benefits that are not achievable with other tapes
- It is made of high-grade cotton - for comfort and breathing
- There is a high proportion of Elastic to give the same flexibility as human skin and muscles
- Heat activated adhesive - although very light, mild and hypo-allergenic
- Latex free
- Air circulation waves - to channel out sweat and water and enhance skin breathing so the risk of redness and an unwanted response to tape is limited.
Here at Physio 4 Health Motueka, Liz has completed several courses learning how to apply Kinesiotape according to international standards. In October 2010, she travelled to Melbourne to complete Level 3 training and has become eligible to teach other therapists and sports trainers to successfully use this product and technique. The only person in the South Island.
Contact us if you would like more information about Kinesiotape or would like to discuss whether it would be good for you.