What is Kinesiology tape?
The kinesiology tape is extremely flexible strip of fabric with a thin layer of adhesive.
Kinesio tape was created by Dr. Kase using a unique blend of cotton and nylon. You can use your full range of motion because it is made to look like the skin's elasticity. The medical-grade adhesive of the tape is strong enough to withstand water and remain on for three to five days, even when you exercise or take a shower.
The tape recoils slightly when applied to your body, gently lifting your skin. It is thought that this contributes to the formation of a tiny space between your skin and the tissues beneath it.
It is also believed to alter pain pathways' signals, some physical therapists believe that the tape alters the signals your sensory nervous system is sending about pain and compression.
Although there are now more than fifty different brands of kinesiology tape available in the market, the original product, also known as Kinesio tape was developed in the late 1970s by Dr. Kenzo Kase, a Japanese chiropractor who desired a tape that would provide support without restricting movement.
Uses of Kinesiology Tape in Sports
You've probably seen it if you've ever watched a sport like football or cycling: patterns of colourful tape strewn across the shoulders, knees, backs, and abdominals. That is kinesiology tape: a therapeutic tape that is applied strategically to the body to support, reduce pain, swelling, and improve performance.
The following is how Dr. Megann Schooley, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and board-certified clinical specialist in sports physical therapy, explains it: The skin, connective tissue, fascia, and muscles of your body all contain receptors for the sensations of touch, temperature, and pain. Proprioception, your brain's sense of where your body is and what it is doing, is all aided by these receptors. The underlying tissues are unloaded when kinesiology tape is applied, creating a lift. The signals going to the brain can be altered by decompressing those tissues. According to Schooley, the brain will respond differently when it receives a different signal.
Benefits of Kinesiology Tape
One good example is trigger points. Kinesiology tape has been used by physical therapists to lift the skin over these tight, knotted muscles. Tension in the trigger point decreases as a result of pain receptors sending a new signal to the brain when the area is decompressed.
Kinesiology taping can increase skin blood flow and according to a study from a reputable source. It may also improve lymphatic fluid circulation. The majority of lymphatic fluid is water, but it also contains chemicals, proteins, and bacteria. Your body's lymphatic system is responsible for keeping swelling and fluid buildup under control.
The idea is that applying kinesiology tape alters the pressure gradient in the area beneath your skin by expanding the subcutaneous space. The lymphatic fluid flows more freely as a result of this pressure change. Which leads to faster recovery and improved performance.