Kinesiotaping is very different from traditional white athletic taping applications. Instead ofusing the rigid white tape, kinesiotaping utilizes an elastic form of tape that does not restrict motion. Kinesiotaping involves taping over and around specific muscles in order to assist and give support and/or to prevent over-contraction. Kinesiotaping is designed to work on the body’s neurological and circulatory systems. Muscles work at a variety of levels and are most often associated with movement. Muscles, however, are also very important in circulation of venous blood and lymph flow. Therefore, when muscles do not function properly a variety of symptoms may be produced. Kinesiotaping is utilized to help increase lymphatic drainage, reducing edema/swelling, facilitating muscular contraction, and to manage pain.
Below is a list (not exhaustive) of conditions and symptoms that kinesiotaping may be beneficial for:
- Improve contraction of a weakened muscle
- Reduce muscle fatigue and spasm
- Reduce over-stretching and over-contraction of muscles
- Re-educate muscles through sensory feedback
- Lessen edema (swelling) through aiding the lymphatic system
- Minimize post-traumatic or post-surgical bruising through improved circulation
- Help mobilize scar tissue by enhancing glide between tissue layers
- Help correct joint mechanics through aiding muscle function around the joint
- Relieve pain by activating the natural analgesic system in our skin receptors
At Niagara Health & Rehab Centre our clinicians use kinesiotaping as an adjunct therapy to treatment and rehab. Used correctly, kinesiotaping can dramatically speed the rehabilitation process by lessening pain and improving tolerance to exercise and movement.
For more information or to book an appointment please contact NHRC at 289-362-3600