K Tapping Therapy
Kinesiology tape provides support but does not limit movement the way traditional athletic tapes do. It is commonly seen in volleyball games or competitive bicycle races where the sports players use colorful tape splayed in patterns across shoulders, backs, knees, and abs. It is a therapeutic tape that is applied to the body to provide support, reduce pain and swelling and improve performance.
Kinesiology tapes are designed to mimic the skin's elasticity so that you can use your full range of motion. The tape is also water-resistant and strong enough to stay on for at least three to six days, even while working out or taking a shower. After you have applied the tape to your body, it recoils slightly, gently lifting your skin. It is said to be quite helpful in creating a microscopic space between your skin and the tissues underneath it.
How to apply?
You must consult with a physical therapist who is well trained in the proper application of the tape before you try to put it on yourself. A physical therapist will show you how to apply the tape in the pattern that will help your specific problem. Kinesiology tape can be applied in an X, Y, I, or even a fan pattern. It depends on your goals. It is highly likely that you may also need both decompression and stabilization strips. Your physical therapist can have a look at how you apply and remove the tape before you try it at home.
How to remove?
If you want to remove the tape, you must do it in a way that it comes off without hurting your skin. For this, you need to remove it slowly without yanking and pulling it. Before removing the tape, apply some oil or lotion on top of the tape to loosen it and then take it off. After carefully nudging one end of the strip, press down on your skin to separate it from the tape. Pull the tape back against itself and not straight up and gently compress your skin while pulling the tape back in the direction of the end tab. Do not reapply the tape if your skin is irritated or damaged.
The effectiveness of kinesiology taping is not well researched but it may provide support, reduction in pain, increase in circulation, and improvement in the way your joints and muscles work. You must talk to a physical therapist before using it as it is most useful when combined with other treatment methods.
- Used in prevention & treatment of sports injuries
- Also used for other orthopaedic condition , tendinitis (tennis elbow, plantar facilities, bursitis. Accurate OA , posture correction, Frozen shoulder, Trapezities , neck conditions).
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