Kinesio tape is an elastic patch in different colours, used to prevent injuries of varying severity, relieve inflammation, bruising, muscle fatigue, pain syndrome and to provide joint fixation. It’s originated from sports medicine where it is widely used to relax the strained muscles and thereby help them to recover faster. By now, Kinesio tapes have been used not only by professional sportsmen but also by amateurs and ordinary people who are not related to sports.Kinesio tape is an elastic plaster, which is made from natural cotton. It has a wavy structure and in addition, there is a layer of acrylic glue that does not cause any allergic reaction. The glue is activated only under the influence of the temperature of the human body. The unique structure of the patches makes them very similar to human skin. This is the reason why it is very comfortable to use it in daily activities (sporting, working etc). It is also very convenient to use Kinesio tape when wearing orthotic devices has become very uncomfortable or makes moving unpleasant.
Kinesio tape is suitable for people of all ages and fields – babies and elderly, top and amateur athletes.
Kinesio tape is mostly used on muscles for pain and fatigue reduction. It also reduces inflammation and stabilizes the joints when needed. All these advantages allow using this method not only in sports medicine but also for the treatment of certain diseases, for example:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Epicondylitis in the elbow
- Low back pain
- Neck muscle stiffness
- Knee and ankle instability
- To correct the curvature of the legs in children
- With varicose disease, there is a violation of blood flow in the muscles
Influences of Kinesio tape happen on a microscopic level - it lifts the skin above the damaged site which in turn reduces pressure and inhibits pain receptors. As a result, blood circulation and lymph flow improve, which in case of hematomas or lymphedemas leads to faster resorption of fluids. After the Kinesio tape is applied, it allows keeping a mobile way of life, since efficient support for muscles and joints is guaranteed. If the tape is of high quality and applied correctly, it can be worn for several days. Kinesio tape is waterproof which means you can easily go swimming and wash while wearing it.
The best result will be achieved if the person taping your skin is a trained specialist. It is also important to remember that before applying the tape, your skin surface should be clean. It is not advisable to apply the tape to very hairy areas (legs, chest and back) since the effect comes from the skin contact. In this case, the areas should be shaved first.