Pain caused by an injury can be frustrating, especially if it’s keeping you from achieving your fitness goals. You may have seen athletes taped up wondered does taping really work? Believe it or not, Kinesio Tape can help provide relief from sports injuries, and get you back to working on your fitness goals faster. It can provide pain relief for injuries like shoulder and back pain, shin splits, sprained ankles and wrists, even repetitive strain injury.
Kinesiology tape is latex free, comes in a range of different colours, and is hypoallergenic, so it shouldn’t irritate the skin it comes into contact with. The tape is specially designed to be sweat and water resistant. It moves with your body, while providing support and stability to the areas where it is placed. When correctly used, Kinesio tape can hold a painful shoulder in its correct position, so the muscles aren’t having to overcompensate. It can assist with the draining of your lymphatic system by improving blood flow and circulation.
Manufacturers of KT tape encourage users to experiment with taping. Your local physio can provides advice and show you how to do it, but if you want to re tape yourself tt typically takes several times to get a feel for it yourself before you’ll be using KT tape like a professional.
Here are a few tips to help make applying Kinesiology tape easier:
- Ensure your skin dry and free from oils, lubricants and moisturizers.
- When taping joints, ensure your joint is in the bent position, otherwise when you move, the tape will come off.
- First rub the tape and make sure all edges are facing down to prevent tape from lifting.
- You will get the best results if you apply the tape at least half an hour prior to exercise.
- The manufacturers advise against using KT tape on your stomach if you are/or suspect you are pregnant or are being treated for cancer as it may interfere with treatments.