Kinesiology Tape: Benefits

If you read my post ‘What is Kinesiology Tape?’ you probably want to find out more about the benefits it provides. If so, you’re in the right place – so, let’s look at the benefits of Kinesiology Tape.


Why Use Kinesiology Taping?

Healthy muscles are critical for us to perform at our best in any physical activity. A strained or impinged muscle, tendon, or sprained ligament can easily make work slower and painful.

Kinesiology Tape can be utilised to aid recovery more effectively. The main purposes of using Kinesiology Tape are to provide muscles with support and assist the healing process whilst preventing future muscle injury and improving circulation.

The point to remember, with Kinesiology Tape, is that it’s not just beneficial to people participating in sports. If you have an injury that is preventing you from completing simple daily tasks, Kinesiology Tape can definitely help.

What are the Benefits of Using Kinesiology Tape?

The main benefits are thought to be a physiological effect on the skin, lymphatic and circulatory system, fascia, muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. Research studies have been conducted on the effects of Kinesiology Tape for a vast amount of injuries.

Here are some of the positive results found.

Stay Active Whilst Injured – this is an important benefit of Kinesiology Tape whether you’re an elite athlete or trying to complete typical daily activities. When used as a therapeutic tape, Kinesiology Tape can prevent either over-stretching or over-contraction of injured muscles; allowing you to continue to be active as your injuries heal.

Supporting the Muscle — Kinesiology Taping allows muscles to have the ability to contract when weakened, reducing the feeling of pain and fatigue, and protecting muscle from cramp, over-extension and over-contraction.

Activating the Endogenous Hormones — “Endogenous” refers to something that is originating internally. The tape facilitates the body’s own healing mechanisms.

Correcting Joint Problems — the goal of Kinesiology Tape is to improve range of motion and adjust misalignments that result from tightened muscles.

Relieves Pain – lymphatic flow is improved so reducing swelling and providing pain relief.

Reduced Inflammation and Swelling – reduces pressure on the lymphatic drainage system allowing improved fluids removal and toxins that collect in the space.

Spasm and Cramping Relief – the structures that reduce inflammation help to provide relief and possible prevention of spasms and cramps in muscles.

Faster Recovery of Overused Muscles – When Kinesiology Tape is applied over areas of fatigued, overused muscles, containing by-products of exercise that limit the activity, it allows for more speedy recovery. This could encourage complete recovery.

Supports without Restricting Range of Motion – The flexible properties of Kinesiology Tape provides support to injured muscles or joints without restricting their range of motion.

Enhances Strength and Muscle Tone in Weak or Poorly Toned Muscles – certain neurological or muscular disorders can make muscles so weak that remaining active is almost impossible. Kinesiology Tape provides support to muscles, and it can improve muscle activation, allowing therapeutic exercises to be performed effectively.

Can you Benefit from the Usage of Kinesiology Tape?

Certain neuromuscular disorders can make muscles weak that make it impossible to be active, so much that it interferes with daily life. Kinesiology tape provides support to muscles and could improve muscle activation, allowing therapeutic exercises to be carried out more effectively.

Posture may be improved and mobility assisted by a basic application of Kinesiology Tape. Unlike bandages and strapping there has been suggestions that Kinesiology Tape may have a helpful ‘placebo’ effect too.

Kinesiology Tape has been used for anything from headaches to foot problems and everything in between. Examples include:

  • Muscular Facilitation or Inhibition in Patients,
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Lower Back Strain/Pain
  • Knee Conditions
  • Shoulder Conditions
  • Hamstring
  • Groin Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Whiplash
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Patella Tracking
  • Pre and Post-Surgical Edema
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Athletic Preventative Injury or Support Method

Often the success of an application is down the skill of the taper, but even the psychological effect of wearing the tape may be enough to constitute a positive response. Therapi Tylino can assist you if you are considering the usage of Kinesiology Taping – find out more about our Active Taping Service here.

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Massage Therapist - Roger Daniels

Roger Daniels

Roger is a qualified Massage Therapist and founder of Therapi Tylino based in Pontypool. Offering Massage Therapy services in the Newport & Torfaen area to help people work, play & live without limits.