Kinesiotape is a specialist tape developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase in Japan more than 20 years ago. It is designed to mimic skin which is where it is different from traditional athletic tape.
It works in a number of ways when applied to the skin:
1. it decompresses the tissues which allows fluid to flow better which can help reduce swelling, improve circulation and aid removal of toxins.
2. It can help improve or restore the natural 'glide' between layers of skin, muscle and bone and therefore restore or improve movement of the area
3. Pain can also be generated by the nerve endings in the space between skin and muscle. By decompressing this area the nerve endings aren't being stimulated as much and therefore the pain level is reduced.
4. Proprioception (the body's awareness of where it is in space) is also improved which can reduce pain and improve movement.
(text courtesy of Rocktape.net)
I use kinesio taping as part of my treatment strategy where it may be of use. It is usually used in conjunction with osteopathic techniques but can also be used on it's own as a preventative measure for some sorts of sports injuries. Taping can be useful for all sorts of issues and I have had particular success with shoulder injuries, neck problems and lower back pain. The aim is to maintain or improve the benefits of the osteopathic treatment, enabling the body to heal itself.
It's suitable for most people (unless you have an allergy to sticking plaster) and can be used on all ages.
Why not ask me about whether it can help you next time you have a treatment?
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