Kinesio taping, also known as k-taping or kinesiology taping, is an effective treatment method for common muscular injuries. In addition to its effectiveness in providing a quicker healing process, this type of taping can reduce the likelihood of muscle spasms, cramping and overuse injuries. It may also enhance strength in weak or overused muscles. The treatment method has many uses from which athletes and active individuals can benefit.
What is kinesio tape?
Kinesio tape is a thin, latex-free, elastic, adhesive tape that can be applied directly to the skin. Wrapping can prevent injuries or provide a quicker healing process. It is hypoallergenic and water-resistant and can be worn for several days in a row while still retaining adhesiveness. It comes in rolls or pre-cut, muscle-designated strips.
How does kinesio tape work?
As a sports injury treatment, kinesio tape assists the body in its natural healing process by microscopically lifting the skin to create space within the soft tissues. This reduces inflammation and increases beneficial blood flow to the injured area, catalyzing a faster healing process. It keeps the muscles and joints around the injured area stable while relieving pressure, allowing for natural movement and encouraging lymphatic drainage. Taping may also alleviate pain.
Before applying tape, the injured client will undergo an assessment that will determine the extent of the injury, current range of motion and level of pain. Depending on what the injury requires, the tape can be placed in “I” strips, an “X” pattern, a “Y” pattern or a variety of other styles that all apply different levels of pressure. The treatment can be used on patients of all ages and varying activity levels.
What conditions does taping treat?
Sprains and strains are two of the most common sports injuries that can be treated with taping. Sprains occur when the ligaments connecting the bone to the joint are stretched or torn. Strains occur when the tendons between muscles and bones are stretched or torn. Kinesio taping can be used for tendonitis, an overuse injury that results in pain and inflammation. Taping may also help with arthritis and bursitis pain, neck and back pain and in improving muscle imbalances.
While it is still possible to exercise while wearing k-tape, patients should take it easy and allow injuries to heal fully before introducing too much activity. Taping may reduce pain, but that does not mean healing is complete. It is important to have the injury examined before continuing regular use.
To learn more about treatment options for sport injuries, visit our office. We will be happy to provide more information on dealing with injuries and options that may help with a full recovery. Receiving sports therapy and having a professional provide you with kinesio taping for injuries are benefits to scheduling an appointment today.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with Absaroka Pain & Rehab, request an appointment in our Bozeman office here: https://absarokapainandrehab.com. Or call us at (406) 998-1054.