WHAT is Kinesiology Tape and HOW does it work?
You often see many professional athletes and Olympic athletes donning weird looking strips of tape all over their bodies while competing. What is it and what does it do?!? Dr. Rashaad Nauth-Ali, a Brampton Chiropractor, explains kinesiology tape.
Kinesiology tape is a specialized elastic tape that stretches with the body’s movements. The elasticity of the tape allows the skin to lift and a allow for better lymphatic drainage and blood flow. The application of the tape also creates a neurological response to the deeper myofascia which allows for better muscle activation and movement patterns. This results in faster healing and pain relief to injured areas of the body.
Kinesiology taping is good for:
– increasing postural awareness
– decreasing muscle tension
– decreasing bruising and swelling
– increasing balance and co-ordination
– increasing muscle fibre activation
– increasing lymphatic drainage
– decreasing pain
– increasing joint stability
The tape I use on both myself and my patients is called Vigor Tape. This tape is amazing and is “chilled” with menthol and arnica so it feels cool on the skin to help sooth and relieve pain immediately. It’s stronger and thinner and also lasts 10 days easily. I played 4 baseball games in addition to daily workouts and showers with no problem. Even stayed “chilled” well through a week (invigorated with showers). I’ve used KT Tape, K-Tape, Spider-Tech, Dynamic Tape and other brands over the last 5 years and this is by far my favourite. And just for the record, I receive no compensation for that endorsement. It’s just how I feel.
Please contact the clinic for further with any questions you may have regarding your injury and/or health care needs.
Posted Dr. Rashaad Nauth-Ali on October 6th, 2016 [Activity, Chiropractic, Exercise, Fitness, Health and Wellness, Injury, Pain, Sports]