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Kinesio taping


February 4, 2012 0 comments Pain and Injury

I’ve added kineso taping to my repertoire, by completing an advanced course last year.  The tape prolongs the effects of treatment to muscles and joints.  Lots of sports people are wearing this colourful tape; David Beckham is wearing a fetching shade of pink in this photo.  If you’ve got an injury from sports or chronic disease, it could help you. I explain more in this article.

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Dr Kenzo Kase’s magic tape can aid injured muscles

 

Whether in garish pink, bright blue or tasteful beige, Kinesio tape provides pain relief for sports stars. Its inventor Japanese chiropractor Dr Kenzo Kase says his tape not only treats muscular disorders but also lymhoedema or swelling.  I signed up for a training course last year and while I’ve not treated any sports stars yet, I have been using it for many muscular and joint problems such as achilles tendonitis, low back pain, and knee collateral ligament weakness. The photo shows a taping I did for a achilles tendonitis problem.

 

If you are keen sports fan you have may noticed some athletes with kinesio taping as they do their sports.  The American beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh at the 2008 Beijing Olympics had the blue crisscross strapping on her right shoulder that protected her rotator cuff surgery as she jumped, blocked and pushed her way to a second gold medal. This is the same tape that had appeared, this time in garish pink, on David Beckham’s lower back as he swapped shirts after a Real Madrid match. Cyclist Lance Armstrong had been so impressed that he praised its “magical powers” in his book Every Second Counts.

 

Beyond the big-name endorsements, studies suggest that it does offer protection to injured muscles and joints – at least in the short term.  I find the taping is a useful adjunct to prolonging the impact of my acupuncture/SCENAR treatment between sessions, so speeding up the healing process.  For any athlete getting back to their sport as quick as possible after injury is of prime importance.

 

How does Kinesio tape work?

The tape has 4 main functions:

  1. Pain reduction – reduces pain by taking pressure off the pain receptors by lifting the upper layer of the skin slightly.
  2. Lymphatic – eliminates lymphatic fluid/haematomas beneath the skin.
  3. Joint – adjusts mis-alignment to aid fascia and muscle function.
  4. Muscles – reconditions abnormal tension and strengthens the muscles.

 

The tape is applied and allows full range of movement of muscles and joints.  It can be worn for 3 to 5 days.  It is water resistant but still allows the skin to breathe.

 

Next time you have a muscular injury, book in for a treatment, and you may come out with some colourful taping!

 

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