What is Kinesiotaping?
Kinesiotaping is a popular technique used in physical therapy that involves the application of a specialized elastic tape onto the skin to provide support, enhance performance, and facilitate the body’s natural healing processes. The taping technique used by the physical therapist can change depending on which aspect of the tape is being used for the treatment.
- The elasticity of the kinesiotape is designed to elevate the superficial layer of the skin to allow improved blood flow through the capillary system to promote better healing of the tissue.
- The flexibility of the kinesiotape can improve the mobility of the underlying tissue by providing a shearing force as the tape pulls the skin with each movement of the surrounding muscles.
- The application of the kinesiotape can help facilitate or inhibite the underlying muscles depending on the desired outcome the physical therapist wants.
What Conditions Can Kinesiotaping Help With?
- Muscle Strains and Sprains: Kinesiotape can provide support and stability to injured muscles, promoting healing and reducing pain.
- Joint Instability: The tape’s unique elastic properties can assist in providing biofeedback to our body in stabilizing joints.
- Postural Dysfunctions: Kinesiotaping can help correct imbalances in muscle activation and provide sensory feedback to encourage proper posture.
- Swelling and Edema: The lifting effect of kinesiotape can aid in reducing swelling and promoting lymphatic drainage.
- Sports Injuries: Kinesiotaping is commonly used in sports medicine to prevent and manage injuries, improve performance, and support athletes during recovery
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