15 Aug Kinesiology Tape
Kinesiology tape is becoming increasingly popular, but many people are still unsure how and when to use it.
Kinesiology tape in general is designed to decrease pain and facilitate lymphatic draining by creating an effect of lifting the skin. The theory describes this effect to then enable more effective blood flow in and out of the area and the sensation of the tape on the skin affecting pain gate pathways. To create the effect, the tape is applied to the skin on stretch and allows for full range of movement without any restriction.
When applying kinesiology tape, have the body part positioned on stretch, lay the first 5cm down with no stretch to act as an anchor, then apply around 50% stretch, then laying down with no stretch for the second anchor. Use the backing tape to rub along the length of the tape to create heat to help activate the adhesive.
Should skin irritation occur, such itchiness or a rash, discontinue use and consult a doctor.
Here is an example of how kinesiology tape can be used for knee pain:
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