Kinesiology tape is becoming a sporting phenomenon. Why? Because it works! It is a safe, inexpensive, non-invasive product which relieves pain, reduces inflammation and enhances performance. No wonder both professional and amateur athletes around the world are now using it and loving it.
David Beckham was one of the first world class athletes to use kinesiology taping for sports injuries, closely followed by tennis players such as Roger Federer and Serena Williams.
Kinesio tape is a Japanese brand tape that is applied on stretch over a muscle from origin to insertion (or vice versa depending on if you’re taping for inhibition or activation). By applying it on stretch it means the player can still move through full range which is vital in some sports.
The tape doesn’t have the same compressive qualities as regular sports tape and gets significantly less skin reaction. Rigid zinc oxide tape is still chosen in preference when e.g. footballers have sprained ankles that need a bit more support.
However, if you have a torn or strained muscle you can place a strip of tape across the tear, protecting it from further tearing and then a piece the length of the muscle to improve function, reduce pain, swelling and bruising.
Because the tape is applied on stretch it gets little ripples in it that lift the skin off the lymph nodes for better swelling and bruising clearance, and it also lifts the skin off the pain and stretch receptors which allows for the change in pain and muscle activity. Local circulation is also improved which is why some people say it feels warm when it goes on but it doesn’t act like a heat pack.
K-Tape can be used on sports injuries, lymphoedema, bruising, muscle and joint dysfunction, scars and many other conditions and is appropriate to use on both children and adults.
Pre match taping available and 10% discount is available for sports clubs registered with Dynamic Motion Wales. Call 01792 447622 / 07855885651 or use the contact form to register your club.