The Complete Kinesio Tape Review
You see them everywhere nowadays, and no, they are not only used to look different and let’s face it, pretty cool… I just love those bold colors! But yeah on a recent race I attended as a supporter of my husband, I so a bunch of people wearing kinesio tape on their knees, calf, some sticking out of their t-shirt collars or on their elbow, they can be used anywhere on the body, so that brought me to want to investigate more and write a complete kinesio tape review.
So… What is it used for?
That was my first question too. But also first, we must understand what Kinesiology is. A Japanese chiropractor called Dr. Kenzo Kase developed and founded a muscle treatment in 1979 that he called the kinesio taping method along with the company behind the product. By gently lifting the layer of skin and tissue that cover a muscle, blood and other important fluids can flow more freely around and in the injured muscle. It is a tape specially used for discomforts in muscles, tendons and joints.
How is it used?
It is applied on top of a strained or injured area to help stabilize it always preventing the tendon or muscle is not encircled with a ring of tape as this could impede circulation and therefore slow down the body’s natural healing process.
How does it work?
It supports the muscle by reducing the feeling of fatigue and pain while protecting it from cramping. It removes congestion in the body fluids by improving the circulation of blood and lymphatic liquid which reduces any inflammation and chemical build up in the tissue. The kinesio tape also activates the endogenous analgesic system promoting the body’s own healing system and mechanisms which is a main pillar on chiropractic medicine. It also helps correct any joint problem by improving its movements and adjusting misalignments.
What is it made of?
The kinesio tape is made with a porous cotton fabric that permits the skin to breath and that also has an elasticity very similar to that of the skin and muscles. The adherent used on the tape is water resistant and is made of a medically approved acrylic adhesive (latex free and hypoallergenic) that is the one in charge of providing support to muscles and connective tissues. all of these features thought on athletes and regular patients that can keep it on for 3 to 4 days through seating and showering. There are also different types of tape for other specialized sports, i.e. waterproof for swimmers.
Pros and Cons of Kinesio Tape
The good news for a complete kinesio tape review like this is that it has more pros than cons. It is not a tape that can easily be applied by yourself. Its application is based on an exact science and it will stay put longer if it is applied by a chiropractor or a specialist in kinesiology. Also depending on the brand, tape quality and application methods the tape might start to loosen within hours of being applied.
Is it worth the while?
Yes. Period. There is not much of a discussion about this. The final results of a good tape and application speak for themselves. Along with a complementary treatment the healing process can be quite shorter than the normal healing process.
Also a friendly reminder, the whole purpose of a complete kinesio tape review like this is to give you all the details about the product. If you decide to use this healing method please first consult with your chiropractor.
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