The kinesio tape is a new system of adhesive tapes, that are put under the skin and assist in the treatment and prevention of injuries.
Already noticed in athletes, with colored strips all over my body? The method of Kinesio Taping is a technique of rehabilitation developed to facilitate the process of regeneration of the body, giving support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting your movement, promoting normal functioning.
Originating in Japan in the 70’s, this method consists in the application of elastic bands of adhesive on the skin – kinesio tape – and its use is increasingly popular in the world of high competition sport and among practitioners of physical exercise.
HOW DO THEY WORK?
The unique structure of the adhesive stimulates the lengthening and shortening of the muscles and unload the tension of the skin and nerves, allowing, thus, a sensory information positive to the body.
What does that mean? It means that during the application on the affected area the pain is relieved through the ripples that the band promotes, elevating the skin. By doing so, the lymphatic system flows more freely, thus improving the blood circulation.
Besides helping to reduce edema and the pain of muscle injuries such as sprains and tendonitis, these tapes allow the athlete or practitioner of physical exercise to continue to train while recovering from his injury in time for them to stop physical activity for a while.
The kinesio tape can be used for 3 to 5 days, once that are tough and water proof, ensuring a therapeutic effect of 24h/day.
WHAT ARE THEY USED FOR?
Due to its specific properties, the kinesio tape will behave as a second skin, allowing for a more natural fit and comfortable. This method extends the effects of manual therapy, conventional allowing the therapeutic benefits remain throughout the day. Here are some of them:
- To correct the function of the muscle;
- Improve blood and lymphatic circulation;
- Re-education, postural correction and joint;
- Relief the pain;
- Reduction of inflammation;
- Increased performance in activities;
- The prevention of injuries.
WHERE TO PURCHASE
The application of kinesio tape is indicated in some conditions and pathologies, always as a complement to and an integral part of a plan of physical therapy well-built that meets the specific needs of the patient.
The tapes must be, therefore, applied by a physiotherapist with training in this technique. Only he can decide if that patient or athlete you need corrections, and which are the best techniques to reach your goals.
These tapes can be found for sale in pharmacies, shops of orthopaedic articles and solutions for healthcare professionals, and in some commercial surfaces such as Decathlon, Sportzone and Well s.