Kinesiology Tape a Corked Thigh

Kinesiology Tape: How It Works

Kinesiology tape is gaining popularity not only among athletes but also among ordinary people. You might have seen it being worn by basketball players, gymnasts, runners, cyclists and olympic athletes. It’sthe beige, black, pink or blue-colored tape that looks so cool and trendy on their skin.

But really, what is Kinesiology tape all about?

How does it work?

Here’s another video from the Doctor K series, with Kinesiology taping expert Adam Collyer, from MCPhysio, talking about how this tape works.

How Can Kinesiology Tape Help You?

Kinesiology tape can help you in:

1. Removing lymphatic fluid congestion

How Kinesiology Tape Works

Once applied to an injured area, kinesiology tape pulls the skin’s upper layers, creating some space between the muscle and the skin.

That space eases the pressure to the lymph channels, allowing lymphatic fluids to flow more freely.

 

 

 

 

2. Relieving pain

How Kinesiology Tape Works

Kinesiology tape also reduces pressure on pain receptors that change how your brain and body respond to pain.

These small receptors stimulate the nerves in your skin. Those nerves consequently send messages to your brain that everything is alright.

 

 

 

 

3. Speeding up the healing process

How Kinesiology Tape Works

On the other hand, kinesiology tape’s properties also assist an increased healthy blood flow through the application area.

This enables the blood to carry oxygen and other nutrients to the injured area, causing it to heal faster.

 

 

 

 

4. Reducing Swelling and Bruising

Kinesiology Tape a Corked Thigh

Do you see the wave-like pattern on the adhesive side of the kinesiology tape? It’s there for a purpose – to gently lift the skin from the muscle in order to create a miniscule space in between.

This reduces the swelling and facilitates the healing of bruises.

 

 

 

5. Supporting muscles in movement

Hamstring Kinesiology Tape

How can such a tape support muscles?

It all boils down to the shape used in the application and the variety of tension strengths. Think of this application as a reinforcement of your anatomy.

You follow the natural curvature of the muscle involved, surround it with some tape so that when it pulls back, the muscle underneath contracts as well.

Thus, the muscle is supported and receives minimum stress. Perfect for people with weak muscles or those who are recovering from injuries.

 

 

6. Correcting joint misalignment

Elbow Kinesio Tape

Yes, Kinesiology tape can correct joint misalignments.

To make this application work, you need to balance the various structures that are tugging at the joints.

The aim is to balance the different structures pulling on the joint.

This may require facilitating one muscle and inhibiting another.

It may also require a correction to the joint itself to hold it in place for proper alignment. This will vary by joint and the underlying pathology.

 

7. Relaxing injured muscles

Back Kinesiology Tape

Athletes, specifically, are prone to muscle injuries due to the great deal of stress that they have to deal with on a frequent basis and the quick, abrupt movements they make.

Kinesiology tape, when applied to an injured muscle, restricts its movement, and supports it during activity.

 

 

 

8. Preventing recurrences

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Resting, icing, compressing and elevating only provide relief to an injury.

Unattended, these injuries may recur anytime. Proper application of Kinesiology tape not only relieves pain and inflammation.

It can provide the right condition for faster complete healing, and even providing protection against re-injury to the affected area.

So, if you or any of your loved ones need relief from pain or help in recovering from injuries, consider using Kinesiology Tape. It might just do its wonders for you.

 

 

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Have a most outstanding day,
Cade Arnel


Dr K Kinesiology Tape launches and we have exclusives for you

SportStrap’s new Kinesiology Tape is out today and our Kinesiology customers are happy campers!

Dr K Kinesiology TapeNormally we reserve this space on our blog to teach sports medical techniques, to help prevent or recover from injuries, but today I’ve got some rather exciting news to share.

Since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Kinesiology taping therapy has become one of the fastest growing injury and pain reliefs treatments in Australia.

kinesiology at the olympics

But after speaking with some Kinesiology users recently, the most common feedback is that the cost of premium Kinesiology Tape in Australia is one of the biggest draw backs.

Less than 20 dollarsSure, its a must to use premium quality tape, but paying $20+ a roll, or $15+ for a precut is just plain…

Wrong…

WRoong…

WRRONNG!

So we decided to be like men on a mission, to introduce one of the best premium grade kinesiology tape on the market, that kinesio tape users can get their hands on, and keep money in their pocket.

Hence Dr K Kinesiology Tape was born.

SportStrap have now launched 10 new Kinesiology Tape products, and for all SportStrap customers we are exclusively offering

“Buy 2 + Get 1 Free”

Dr K Kinesiology Tape

BUY 2 + GET 1 FREE = $35.90
Thats a crazy $11.95 per roll

Dr K Kinesiology Tape Rolls

The backbone of our new range is premium grade kinesiology tape, that is specifically engineered for the following uses:

  • Protection and support of the joint and ligaments
  • Reduction of pain
  • Muscle recovery and injury prevention
  • Speedy healing with increased blood circulatory flow
  • Reducing bruising and inflammation

And Dr K has all of the properties that would expect of a high grade kinesio tape, such as:

  • Good elasticity (160%).
  • Life time: 3-5 days (depending on usage).
  • High Grade Cotton Fabric (breatheable).
  • 100% acrylic, hypoallergenic adhesive (Latex free) to minimize allergies.
  • Superior Adhesion, Minimal Irritation (scientifically formulated for sensitive or fragile skin).
  • Tape is water resistant.

 

Dr K Ankle Precut Support

BUY 2 + GET 1 FREE = $28.40
Thats a crazy $9.45 each

Dr K Ankle Precut Support

The Dr K ankle kinesiology support is professionally designed to provide dynamic therapeutic support for the ankle, achilles and calf muscles.

The most common uses are:

  • Sprained ankle rehabilitation
  • Ankle pain relief
  • Assisting with shin splints
  • Ankle instability or weak ankles
  • Postoperative recovery for the ankle or achilles.
  • Arthritis related ankle pain

 

Dr K Back Precut Support

BUY 2 + GET 1 FREE = $22.40
Thats a crazy $7.45 each

Dr K Back Precut Support

The Dr K back kinesiology support is specifically engineered to provide dynamic therapeutic support for the lower to mid back muscles and joints.

The most common uses are:

  • Arthritis related back pain
  • Joint strain
  • Disc injuries
  • Muscle strains
  • Postoperative rehabilitation
  • Muscle spasms in the back
  • Back pain relief

 

Dr K Foot Precut Support

BUY 2 + GET 1 FREE = $28.40
Thats a crazy $9.45 each

Dr K Foot Precut Support

The Dr K foot kinesiology support is professionally designed to provide dynamic therapeutic support for the foot muscles.

The most common uses are:

  • Strained foot muscles rehabilitation
  • Weak foot muscles
  • Muscle imbalance
  • Postoperative recovery
  • Foot pain relief
  • Assisting with foot muscle spasms
  • Assisting with shin splints

 

Dr K Shoulder Precut Support

BUY 2 + GET 1 FREE = $28.40
Thats a crazy $9.45 each

Dr K Shoulder Precut Support

The Dr K shoulder kinesiology support is professionally engineered to provide dynamic therapeutic support for the shoulder muscles.

The most common uses are:

  • Reduces shoulder pain
  • Increases shoulder support while still being able to move freely
  • Restoration of normal shoulder muscle activation
  • Improved feedback and timing of muscles stabilizing the shoulder
  • Aids in the prevention of further injury
  • Provides protection during healing.

 

Dr K Hamstring Precut Support

BUY 2 + GET 1 FREE = $22.40
Thats a crazy $7.45 each

Dr K Hamstring Precut Support

The Dr K hamstring kinesiology support is professionally designed to provide dynamic therapeutic support for the hamstring muscles.

The most common uses are:

  • Strained hamstring rehabilitation
  • Weak hamstrings
  • Traction enthesopathies
  • Muscle imbalance
  • Postoperative recovery
  • Hamstring pain relief

 

Dr K Knee Precut Support

BUY 2 + GET 1 FREE = $28.40
Thats a crazy $9.45 each

Dr K Knee Precut Support

The Dr K knee kinesiology support is professionally formulated to provide dynamic therapeutic support for the knee joint & muscles.

The most common uses are:

  • Strained knee rehabilitation
  • Patellar tendinopathies
  • Patello-femoral joint instability
  • Ligament strains
  • Postoperative rehabilitation
  • Meniscal degeneration pain

 

Dr K Groin Precut Support

BUY 2 + GET 1 FREE = $22.40
Thats a crazy $7.45 each

Dr K Groin Precut Support

The Dr K groin/thigh kinesiology support is engineered to provide dynamic therapeutic support for the groin and thigh muscles.

The most common uses are:

  • Strained thigh rehabilitation
  • Groin pulls
  • Weak adductors
  • Torn adductors
  • Muscle imbalance

 

Dr K Elbow Precut Support

BUY 2 + GET 1 FREE = $22.40
Thats a crazy $7.45 each

Dr K Elbow Precut Support

The Dr K elbow kinesiology support is professionally designed to provide dynamic therapeutic support for the elbow joint and muscles.

The most common uses are:

  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Muscle strain
  • Post operative elbow surgery

 

Dr K Wrist Precut Support

BUY 2 + GET 1 FREE = $22.40
Thats a crazy $7.45 each

Dr K Wrist Precut Support

The Dr K wrist kinesiology support is professionally designed to provide dynamic therapeutic support for the wrist and hand muscles and joints.

The most common uses are:

  • Sprained wrist rehabilitation
  • Wrist instability support
  • Postoperative recovery
  • Wrist pain relief
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Hypermobility
  • Tendinopathies of the fingers

 


Plantar Fasciitis Taping

Plantar Fasciitis Taping For Superior Arch Support

Plantar FasciaThose that have suffered shin soreness due to flat feet, fallen arches, or Plantar Fasciitis , will know that it can be a painful condition affecting the tissue in the foot arch that connects the heel bone and toes.

Plantar fasciitis treatment can take a few different forms such as orthotics and taping, one technique that can assist recovery is plantar fasciitis taping.

So I would like to share with you a great plantar fasciitis strapping technique in the video below, which shows how to apply Rigid Strapping Tape to the foot arch. Enjoy!

Great Technique to Tape for Arch Support

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(courtesy of highly experienced Sports Trainer, Cam Wray, ex-international and national rugby sports trainer)

Cam’s method of strapping for plantar fasciitis, or low-dye taping, is a sound technique and use the following steps:

  • a lax anchor around the ball of the foot
  • 2-3 figure-8’s starting from anchor around the heel (with tension) and crossing back to the anchor
  • 1 strip around the outside of the foot and the heel and back on the opposite side
  • then a series of lateral strips, from outside to inside of the foot locking the previous strips all together and lifting the arch up

Plantar Fascia Taping

Preparation for Plantar Fasciitis Taping

Before you start low-dye taping, for optimum results it is recommended to prepare the foot by doing the following:

  • Wipe the foot with a clean dry rag, removing any sweat or contaminates that will reduce the tape adhesion.

Correct Tape Tension

When taping the feet to support the plantar fascia, remember not to tape the anchor to tight, as it will prevent the proper foot movement and will become uncomfortable for the athlete.

It is also important when applying the figure-8’s and lateral strips, to apply good tension, keeping in mind that you want to pull the arch up for support.

What items do you need for Plantar Fasciitis Strapping?

To tape for flat feet properly, you will need the following items:

Here’s What You Need To Do Next…

First…

I want you to leave me a comment on this page, and let me know what else you’d like to learn in this SportStrap “How To Strap” series.

Then…

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Have a most outstanding day,

Cade Arnel

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