Kinesiology tape was first used by acupuncturists and chiropractors in Japan in the 1970s. Nowadays kinesiology tape is used by practitioners throughout the world to treat injuries and improve sports performance. It’s not just for sports injuries, it can be effective for a wide variety of problems and can help correct postural problems too.
How does Kinesiology tape work?
The tape is applied over the problem area whilst the muscle is held within a stretched position. When the stretch is released the tape gently lifts the layer of skin and attached tissue covering the muscle (fascia) so that blood and other body fluids can move more freely in and around that muscle. So as you go about your everyday activities or sports the tape moves with your body, pulls the fascia (tissue surrounding the muscles) away from the muscle which creates space for the lymphatic fluid to flow around the inflamed tissue.
So let’s summarise what Kinesiology taping can do for you;
Pain relief - by lifting the layer of skin it places reduced pressure on the pain receptors in the deeper layers of tissue.
Reduced Swelling - by increasing the space between the muscle and surrounding tissues to improve fluid drainage.
Helps to correct your posture - by acting as a reminder, for example to keep your shoulders back when sitting or standing.
Delays muscle fatigue - taping improves the muscles ability to contract even when it’s weakened which reduces fatigue as well as protecting the muscle from cramping, over-extension and over-contraction. The effect of the increased blood flow helps to improve muscle performance.
- And, of course, it also allows you to remain active.
How long will the effects of Kinesiology taping last?
Fear not, you can still have a shower! The sticky side of the tape uses a water-repellant adhesive that can stay put for 5-7 days even through sweating and showering.
For more information, here's a short video from Physical Project's preferred supplier of kinesiology tape, RockTape: