WHAT IS KT TAPE?
Kinesio tape is an elastic athletic tape of extremely high quality. It is designed to remain in place during strenuous exercise – without irritating the skin – for an extended period of time, usually three to four days. It is latex free and FDA approved. Kinesio tape has an elasticity that matches the same basic elasticity found in your skin and muscles, so it works with your body as you go about your daily activities. It provides support and stability with full range of motion without peeling off or leaving any residue.
HOW DOES KT TAPE WORK?
Kinesio taping is a technique based on the body’s own natural healing process. It affects the neurological and circulatory systems of the body. Muscles control not just movement but also circulation of blood, lymph flows, body temperature and more. The failure of muscles to function properly can create a wide variety of symptoms. That’s where kinesio taping comes in. It treats muscles to activate the body’s own healing process.
Muscles constantly extend and contract. Sometimes they extend and contract beyond their normal range of motion. When this happens, muscles become inflamed. Inflamed muscles become stiff and swollen. The space between the skin and the muscle is compressed, resulting in restriction to the lymph flow. This compression also applies pressure to the pain receptors beneath the skin, causing you to feel pain. When you have pain, you don’t use the area correctly and when the lymph flow is compromised, healing doesn’t happen as effectively. Using kinesio tape helps solve these problems.
Kinesio tape also affects the muscle lining, called fascia. Fascia and lymph are closely connected. Fascia divides and separates the muscles and internal organs. Lymph removes fluids and chemical substances in the muscles. Lymph channels pass through fascia between the bone and the muscle and between the skin and the muscle. When the flow of lymph is disturbed, fluid accumulates, resulting in swelling. This decreases the space between the muscle and skin, causing the body to react.
Kinesio tape pulls the upper layers of skin, creating more space between the skin and the muscle, relieving the pressure on the lymph channels as well as on the pain receptors. This allows the body to work in a more normal way, removing roadblocks to the healing process.