K taping, or kinesio taping, has been around for over 25 years, and chances are, if you watch high-level athletes, you’ve seen this strange looking tape somewhere on their bodies. Ever wondered what that was or what it was used for?
This gentle rehabilitation technique is most prominently displayed at the Olympics, when many of the top athletes sport the tape on their bodies, giving rave reviews about how it helps them cope with injuries and stay strong throughout the Games.
So What Is It?
Kinesiology is the study of the mechanics of how our bodies move. Using what we know about the muscles and how they affect the entire body, including circulation, body temperature, and more, improving muscle function can lead to improvements everywhere else and reduction in pain and other uncomfortable symptoms.
Instead of working from the outside in, this technique builds on the body’s own healing mechanism by allowing it to do its job more efficiently. The most common use of the tape is to provide stability and support for muscles and joints, without the restriction in movement and blood-flow that braces and similar techniques can cause.
If you are interested in learning more about the Kinesio tape process, please ask about it during your next visit or request an appointment here.