Updated: Jul 22, 2020
Sports and Remedial Massage therapist Neil Smith is also trained in taping.
Originally developed to assist top athletes, Kinesiology tape is used for various types of injuries – many not sports related at all.
Massage isn’t always appropriate in the early stages of an injury – for example, if you suffer a major muscle tear, massage could cause further damage to the tissue. This is where kinesiology tape can be used to treat the problem. It can also be used in combination with massage to provide an ongoing benefit to the client after the treatment has ended.
Kinesiology tape is made of cotton fabric backed with a latex free, water resistant adhesive which stretches along the length but not across the width which is a major benefit.
So how does it work?
Typically, K Tape is applied both along the line of the muscle where the injury occurs, and a second piece is placed cross-wise to the first, with the crossing point covering the actual injury.
One or both the tapes are applied under stretch, which brings a number of benefits.
The injured area is supported. This can be supported with conventional tape or tubular bandages, but these do not have the other benefits below.
The tape makes the client more aware of the injury and the stretch applied means that the tape will tighten up before the tissues underneath, which provides an early warning sign not to overdo movements while the injury is healing.
The stretch helps to lift the skin layer away from the lower tissues, which then improves circulation, which in turn will reduce inflammation and so reduce pain.
Because the tape can be left on for several days, it provides a therapeutic benefit around the clock. It can even be left in place whilst taking a bath or shower.
Injured areas tend to heal faster with K Tape applied.
Kinesiology taping is a useful addition to the range of techniques in Sports and Remedial Massage, to be used alongside massage treatment and for those times when massage is ruled out.
For more information contact Neil Smith, Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist