A beginners guide to Kinesio Tape


Pain caused by an injury can weigh you down and stop you from achieving your fitness goals. Kinesio tape is an aid in getting you better and back in shape sooner than you'd think. It brings relief to those common sports-related (and not so related) aches like tennis elbow, shin splints, back or shoulder pain and carpal tunnel syndrome among others.
You've probably seen people wearing kinesio tapes, since they are becoming more popular daily, mostly because of their great pain assistance but also they look good on anyone. They come in different colors and are created to endure physical activity, sweat, strain and can even be used while swimming. Its special adhesive gives it that strong hold that molds perfectly to your skin's elasticity. The word itself comes from the term kinesiology, which is the scientific study of human movement.
Associated with other alternate forms of injury treatments, like ultrasound stimulation and/or TENS therapy, it will bring you back to your best condition in shorter time than usual. This latex free, hypoallergenic tape gives support and stability to the affected areas like muscles, ligaments and soft tissues like tendons without restricting your motions. It facilitates the drainage of the lymphatic system by elevating the skin, this effect provides improved blood and lymph circulation. 
Many satisfied patients give positive proof to the small evidence found on whether the kinesio tape works or not. It helps the injured muscle heal faster with the extra space that it gives between the upper level of the skin from muscle tissue. In other words, it cheats the nervous system by taking advantage of all the sensors found in the body's collagen tissue.


For better results it is always better to get a full evaluation by your caregiver. Any data earned from these assessments will give way to the right  action protocol and the right plan for your kinesio tape treatment. The end result is the pressure and irritation are taken off of the nerve receptors, therefore, alleviating pain. This tape has over 1200 application techniques and has 4 major effects:
Improved circulation
Correct muscle function
Repositioning of the subluxed joint
Pain relief
Before applying it to the skin, the tape has to be prepared; you can take a quarter of the tape, also called the base (it works as an anchor for the rest of the tape to be applied), take the adhesive paper from the back of the tape and apply it in whichever way needed to start the healing process. It can be applied by stretching it of keeping it in its normal condition depending on the injury that will be treated. A good tip is to always cut the corners of the tape you'll be using to avoid the tape from flipping up and rubbing the tape after the application will help it stick longer.
This tape can be found on www.discountmedicalsupplies.com along with application manuals, method illustrated instructions and specialized scissors.