What is Kinesiology Taping?
A rehabilitative taping technique, designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process, while providing support and stability to muscles & joints without restricting range of movement. Can be applied to most areas of the body, particularly useful for knee, shoulder & lower back problems.
Kinesiology taping is used widely in the sports arena, it works on the fascial layers underneath the skin; these are part of our information highway and fluid transportation system. It can be applied in many different ways depending on what you need treated, such as reducing swelling in tissue (including bruising), reducing pain and changing the signalling going to muscles (for instance if you need to get a lazy muscle to switch on).
The tape comes in different colours, while there is no difference in the tape, Eastern thinking associates colour to temperature, with blue being cool and red being warm. The tape is water resistant and can be used during sport, it remains on for up to 5 days, so if you need this prior to an event we would suggest testing it in advance of your event to ensure they way in which it is applied does not adversely affect the performance or pain levels in the tissue. We suggest this, as there is a number of ways to apply the tape and in some instances your tissue may not respond in the way we expect and we may need to adjust the application.
At Vital Massage Therapy we have chosen to use Rocktape brand of tape, this is for several reasons:
- It only uses the very highest quality raw materials.
- It can stretch up to 180% of its length, considerably more than other tape brands.
- Rocktape uses a unique hypoallergenic adhesive formula, which allows the tape to stay in place longer and through tougher conditions than any other brand of tape.