What’s that colourful sports tape the athletes are wearing and what is it for exactly?!
That tape is Kinesiology Tape – it’s been specifically developed to be different to traditional sports tape – traditional strapping tape is rigid, restricts movement and lock joints to provide support.
Kinesio Tape is flexible and stretches along its length – this allows it to be used for a multitude of things – muscles that are working hard or in spasm can be relaxed and supported, those that are weak can be supported and stimulated to assist contraction, and of course we can also block movement and provide rigid support when it’s on full stretch.
The success of this is in the correct evaluation and application of the tape –it’s not tape that you can buy over the counter and apply – it requires specialist knowledge and application. It has a special glue adhesive that is heat activated so required rubbing to help it stick better – it will also last 3-5 days – much longer than standard sports tape – with less skin irritation due to its hypoallergenic properties
What can it be used for?
Kinesio tape can be used for reducing swelling, enhancing muscle activity and strength, improving movement and aiding speedier recovery. Consider the traditional sport stuff such as knee, ankle and joint injuries as well as muscle strains – but also think posture issues, over use, repetitive strain injury, kids and adults with muscle imbalances, chronic low back pain, hyper mobility, and a whole heap more. To quote the kinesio tape web site tapng will ” relax tight and overused muscles, facilitate weak muscles, unwind fascia and decrease pain”
Who can it help?
It can be used for everyone – young and old, injured and non- injured – all phases of recovery and also for rehabilitation, posture support, lymph oedema, scars – the list is endless.
What do the colours mean?
The tape comes in blue, pink, beige and black – the blue and pink were developed through colour therapy and the black for the athletes – the black colour allows for better heat contact under the athletic lights so enhances better sticking with the adhesive backing of the tape – also a lot of our clients prefer the black as it makes them feel like the atheletes!
Who can provide taping?
Correct use of this tape is provided by those who have taken a specialist course in Kinesio tape – application requires specialist knowledge and in depth anatomy – so correct assessment and treatment is vital alongside correct taping method – the tape itself is a specialist tape and skill set so expect to be charged for tape .
Our physio’s at Core Fusion have all undertaken this specialist course – we are getting great results with the tape and using it to aid quicker return to activity, enhanced recovery and also osture correction and pain relief in long standing chronic conditions.