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Kinesiology taping

Kinesiology taping (KT) is a therapeutic tool and has become increasingly popular within the sporting arena. Taping has been used for a long time for the prevention and treatment of sporting injuries. KT is not only used for sporting injuries but for a variety of other conditions. It was developed in the 1970's with the intention to alleviate pain and improve the healing in soft tissues.

There are many proposed benefits to KT, including: proprioceptive facilitation; reduced muscle fatigue; muscle facilitation; reduced delayed-onset muscle soreness; pain inhibition; enhanced healing, such as reducing oedema, and improvement of lymphatic drainage and blood flow.

The tape is commonly used by physiotherapists to:

  • relieve your pain
  • improve joint stability
  • enhance athlete confidence
  • reduce injury recurrence
  • prevent injury
  • reduce strain on injured or vulnerable tissues
  • correct faulty biomechanics
  • inhibit muscle action
  • facilitate muscle action
  • enhance proprioception
  • compress in the presence of edema or lymphatic drainage

Some of these purposes may be achieved through a combination of these possible effects of taping:

  • mechanical effects
  • neuromuscular effects
  • psychological effects

There are different kinds of tape that can be employed:

  • Rigid strapping tape commonly used in taping or strapping is often referred to as "sports tape" or "athletic tape" and is most often a rigid style of strapping tape.
  • Elastic strapping tape can also be used when less rigidity or support is required.
  • Kinesiology tape is an improved version of elastic sports tape that acts to dynamically assist your muscle function.

Tape may be used to:

  • Stabilize or support an injury
  • Relieve pain by de-loading vulnerable or painful structures
  • Facilitate normal movement, muscle action, or postural patterns.
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