Kinesiology tapes also known as kinesio tapes are brightly colored, specialized, stretchable, water proof elastic tapes used for a variety of muscle and joint issues such as knee sprain and strain; shoulder pain; plantar fasciitis or foot pain; low back pain; ankle pain.
The kinesiology tapes have a hypoallergenic, medical grade adhesive on the under side which is engineered to stick to the skin.
The wave pattern inherent in our cotton and synthetic kinesiology tapes are manufactured to mimic the skin’s elasticity when applied to the body. Kinesiology tapes provide stability to the muscles and joints without compromising one’s mobility.
Traditionally, body braces which can be very cumbersome and uncomfortable are used to provide support to muscles and joints particularly when there is severe injury such as in a slip and fall or a motor vehicle accident.
In less severe situations kinesiology tapes or kinesio tapes which work differently from traditional body braces and provide support to muscles and joint without compromising mobility.
One of the major differences between body braces and kinesiology tapes is that body braces compress the affected area whereas kinesiology tapes de-compress the affected area. Hence, braces and kinesiology tapes work differently but each modality is beneficial in its own way.
All our body tissues whether it is our muscles, fascia, connective tissue or skin have sensory receptors that enable us to feel pain.
What is the definition of pain?
Pain can be described as a physical or sensory discomfort experienced when there is underlying tissue damage. Pain is our body’s warning mechanism to inform us that something has gone wrong. Broadly speaking there are 4 main types of pain:
- Nociceptive pain occurs when there is a tissue injury.
- Neuropathic occurs when there is irritation or damage to the nerve.
- Inflammatory pain occurs in acute situations.
- Functional pain is associated with pain that occurs with any function or movement.
How can kinesiology tapes help us alleviate our joint and muscle pain?
Whether you experience acute or chronic pain it is essential that you first consult your health care provider to diagnose the root cause of your pain prior to using kinesiology tapes. Once your pain has been professionally diagnosed ask your health care provider if kinesiology tapes can be beneficial for your particular condition.
Kinesiology tapes provides support to the affected area and allows you to continue to function in your daily activities. Kinesiology tapes may reduce pain, swelling and aid in healing the affected area.
Disclaimer: Kinesiology tapes have not been clinically proven to treat all injuries. Results may vary. Always consult your health care provider first before using kinesiology tapes. It is essential to either get a trained professional to apply the tape or to follow all instructions provided in the box on how to apply the tape yourself. Use at your own risk.