The aims of Kinesiology Taping is to improve joint alignment by affecting the muscles and fascia reducing poor function of a joint by influencing opposing muscle groups and joint mobility. Kinesiology Taping has also been shown to reduce adhesions, improve pliability, decrease stress on a ligament or tendon, and a reduction of muscle spasm.
Kinesiology Taping differs from standard zinc taping, which often involves wrapping a joint for support and compression, kinesiology tape is placed in a variety of patterns depending on the injury. Kinesiology taping is applied at differing degrees of tension to create the desired effect. The tape is typically worn for two to five days.
Effects of Kinesiology Taping
Kinesiology Tape draws the upper layers of skin, creating more space between the dermis and the muscle. The space created is believed to relieve pressure on the lymph channels in the area between the muscle and the dermis, allowing lymph to flow more freely and thus better lymph drainage through an affected area. This space is also the site of various nerve receptors that send specific information to the brain. When the space between the epidermis and the muscle is restricted, such as during an injury, these nerve receptors are compressed and send information to the brain regarding continuous touch, light touch, cold, pain, pressure, and heat. This information causes the brain to send out certain signals to the body on how to react to particular stimuli. Kinesiology Tape interrupts the information that these receptors send to the brain and causes a less reactive response in the body, allowing the body to work in a more normal manner and removing the “Pain Gate” that normally slows down the healing process.
Kinesiology Tape also is felt to affect deeper tissues in the body. Increased space theoretically allows muscles greater contractility, which in turn pushes more fluid through the muscle, resulting in better muscle performance. The end results are believed to be reduced muscle fatigue, increase in range of motion, and better quality of muscle contraction.
Fascia and lymph have an affiliation with each other. Fascia is a material that divides and separates the muscles and internal organs, helps to reduce friction, and provide support against gravity in some parts of the body. Lymph removes fluids and toxic substances in the muscles. Lymph channels pass though fascia between the bone and the muscle and superficially between the skin and the muscle. When the flow of lymph is restricted or increased, an accumulation of fluid occurs behind the congested area, resulting in swelling that decreases space between the muscle and skin, causing the body to react to a painful stimulus. For an appointment, go to the “BOOK NOW” page, and choose a convenient time.