What Kinesiology Taping is and how it works
How it works remains a difficult question to answer in a scientific and rigorous manner, as the exact mechanisms underpinning the profound clinical effects remain uncertain. However, because the tape mimics the skin’s elasticity, when the tape is applied stretched it causes the skin to form convulsions and wrinkle. This creates a bio-mechanical lifting mechanism that decompresses the tissue just under the skin.
- Muscle and proprioreception re-education
- Reduce pain and sensation disturbance
- Injury prevention
- Improve range of motion
- Reduce oedema and inflammation
- Posture control
- Prevent overstretch and reduce overuse of weak muscles
- Reduce muscle stiffness and over contraction
On occasion there may be a requirement to utilise the benefits of Kinesiology taping after, or between sessions to prolong the beneficial effects of the treatment. The clinic typically uses two grades of RockTape, one for sporting / wet applications, the other for normal daily activities.
The tape is very thin made with a porous fabric which lets the skin breathe and has an elasticity comparable to that of the skin and muscles. The tape is hypoallergenic and latex free. The sticky side of the tape uses a water repellent, medical-grade acrylic adhesive that supports the muscles and connective tissues. The tape can stay put for three to four days even through sweating and showering.
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