How Does Kinesio Taping Work And Is It Really Effective?

If you participate in a lot of sports or workouts, you have probably heard of Kinesio tape once or twice. You have also probably seen people walking around the gym or even the streets with strips of bright thick tape applied over various parts of their bodies. It may look funny, but Kinesio taping can also assist in a number of issues that athletes and anyone who participates in sports face. By, what is Kinesio tape and how does it actually work? Take a look here at what it is, how to use it and what the benefits of Kinesio taping are.

Kinesio Taping during Physiotherapy

What is Kinesio tape?

At its most basic, Kinesio tape is an elastic tape that you apply directly over your muscles. Developed in the 1970s, the tape is unique as the elasticity of the tape mimics the movement of human skin which means that it moves with you a lot easier than traditional stiff medical tape. Made of a combination of adhesive, spandex and cotton, the tape can stretch up to 40% of its original length, which makes it perfect for providing support to the muscles it is applied over.

How does Kinesio tape work?

Kinesio tape works by lifting the skin from the tissues below it. When applied to the skin, it provides either compression or decompression to the tissues and muscles, which can help with reducing pain, swelling and stabilising muscles in that particular area. This is particularly useful for anyone who works out a lot or has undergone some form of trauma to their muscles.

Kinesio tape is also an effective treatment for individuals who have been injured or have recently undergone surgery. Often, you will suffer from weak muscles after something as traumatic as surgery or a significant injury. Kinesio taping assists in your recovery by providing your body and muscles with extra support that won’t hinder your movement or healing phase. With the ability to tape with maximum tension or minimum tension, Kinesio tape can assist in a number of different situations to provide relief to the patient.

Is it an effective treatment?

Kinesio taping is an effective treatment and has grown in popularity over recent years. While it doesn’t often provide instantaneous relief, it has often been shown that it provides significant relief over the next 24-48 hours after applying the tape. Kinesio taping is one of those treatments that provides benefits for several days. It is recommended that you wear your tape for 3 to 4 days before removing it and assessing how your muscles feel. You can reapply after a day if you feel that you still need the benefits of the tape to help your muscles and provide pain relief.

How do you apply Kinesio tape?

To get the full benefits of Kinesio taping, you should have it applied by a professional who is familiar with how the human body works. The tape needs to be applied precisely to provide you with the full benefits. A professional will be able to apply your Kinesio tape so that it assists with pain relief and muscle repair which can be a difficult task to do yourself, especially if your sore muscles are in a difficult to reach area like your back or shoulders.

Do you need assistance with Kinesio taping?

If you’re looking for assistance with Kinesio taping due to tight or sore muscles, an injury or recovery from surgery, the team at Stepping Stones Therapy will be able to help you out. Our team are experts when it comes to assessing your muscles and placing Kinesio tape precisely to provide the maximum benefits. Get in touch with us today and have a chat with our friendly staff. They will be able to answer any questions you might have and provide further information should you require it.

Author

Barbara Kapser

Barbara Kapser

Barbara Kapser is our psychologist at Stepping Stones in Life Therapy Service in Darwin. She's a member with the Australian Psychological Society and the Australian Association for Infant Mental Health.
She specialises in perinatal infant mental health, attachment disorders, developmental trauma and behaviour support.