Kinesio Tape, a latex-free, hypoallergenic, cotton fiber material, is used to treat a wide variety of injuries by alleviating pain, reducing inflammation, and relaxing muscles.
Kinesiology tape is a stretchable cotton fabric placed over a heat-activated adhesive. Most types of kinesiology tape can be stretched as much as 140% of its original size. The abundant stretchability is what makes it different from other types of sports tape, such as white athletic tape, used mostly by athletic trainers. When applied properly, the tape will lift the skin and fascia away from the muscle allowing more blood flow into the area. This increase in blood flow promotes more oxygen to the tissues as well as an increase in lymph drainage. Draining the lymph fluid helps to expel byproducts of exercise like lactic acid and helps to reduce swelling or edema.
Kinesiology “KT” Taping for Shoulder Injury and Improved Posture
Pro Chiropractic demonstrates a kinesiology taping technique for multidirectional instability of the shoulder, rotator cuff injuries and postural syndromes involving forward rounded shoulders. Kinesiology Taping, also known as KT taping, Rocktape, and Kinesio Taping has been a go-to method for athletes of all levels to improve performance and relieve pain. The Sports Chiropractors at Pro Chiropractic are well versed in a variety of sports taping techniques!
Frequently Asked Questions About Kinesiology Tape
How Does Kinesiology Tape Work?
Kinesiology tape is made of a blend of nylon and cotton and is really stretchy. It is designed to mimic the elasticity of your skin so you can completely move with it on. Kinesiology tape is water-resistant and has a heat-activated adhesive that allows it to stay on your body, helping you for up to five days, even while you work out and shower.
When Kinesio tape is applied to your body, it recoils slightly, gently lifting your skin. It is believed that this helps to create a microscopic space between your skin and the tissues underneath it. Studies show it can create space in joints, may signal neurological pathways to your brain, improve circulation, and decrease swelling.
Can I Wear Kinesiology Tape All Day?
Kinesiology Tape is designed to stay on for 3-5 days. Proper application is important, so lotions and oils must be removed from the skin prior to application. The adhesive is heat sensitive so your chiropractor will rub the tape to make sure it is properly adhered to your skin. After about a half hour of normal activity, the tape should be properly bonded to the treated area.
Are There Different Types of Kinesiology Tape?
Yes, there are many different brands of kinesiology tape, and each purports its own unique benefits. You may see names like KinesioTape, KT Tape, RockTape and more. At Pro Chiro have researched, utilized, and picked our favorite tape to use with our patients. We use a custom branded RockTape that we find to adhere well, last long, and deliver the best benefits for you!
What is Kinesiology Tape used for?
Kinesiology tape is used to provide therapeutic support to a variety of patient types and diagnoses. It is used at Pro Chiro to support and relieve pain in muscles, joints, ligaments, and fascia. Our chiropractors find it useful to reduce swelling, increase mobility and to enhance recovery. This therapeutic tape can be used to prevent or treat many common injuries including sprains, muscle strains, bursitis, and tendonitis. KT tape provides support without limiting range of motion.
Can Kinesiology Tape Get Wet?
Yes! Kinesiology tape is designed with a fabric blend that is breathable, and a water-resistant adhesive. Work, sweat, work out and shower without worry! When applied properly, your tape should last up to five days.
What To Expect At Your First Visit
Our staff and your personal family chiropractor will explain how chiropractic care works, and answer any questions you might have. After a thorough evaluation, we will customize a treatment plan that’s the best fit for your family member’s condition, goals, preferences, and lifestyle.