The tape used in Kinesiology taping (Kinesio tape) is made of 100% elastic fibers that are latex free. You may notice a wave-like pattern, which is purposely put on the tape to mimic fingerprints and allows the tape to breathe. The tape itself only stretches on the longitudinal axis and the purpose of its use determines what direction it is applied. Kinesio tape can be a huge asset for athletes. It can be applied in the middle of workouts or events in the case of sudden injury.
The Kinesio tape is extremely strong and can be applied with different tension strengths. Many therapists will use different tension strengths and techniques to allow the muscles and ligaments to have “help” when injury occurs. The tape can help stabilize an area, for example the shoulder, to prevent any further damage. The advantage of Kinesio tape compared to traditional taping is that it still allows for range of motion so you can move freely, just not so much that you are likely to injure yourself further.
In rehabilitation, Kinesio tape is used to facilitate or inhibit muscle activation, and reduce compression on pain generating nerves by lifting up on the skin.
For some other common alternative forms of medicine to improve an athlete’s ability to function and manage pain visit our PT Services page.