Are you running in the NYC Marathon this Sunday?
If so you should learn more about Kinesio tape
Kinesio tex tape is Kinesiology Tape. K-Active Tape, KTtape and SpiderTechtape are brand names of different kinds of kinesiology tape-- each offering different application benefits. Also dubbed 'tattoo tape'.
Prior to the 2008 Summer Olympics, elite and pro athletes as well as some physical therapists and ATCs (athletic trainers) were religious in their use of Kinesio Tape in relieving pain and promoting the healing process of injured and surgically-repaired muscles. Lance Armstrong has written about the tape and soccer superstar David Beckham has endorsed the K-Active brand of this tape.
Two Kinesiology Tape Brands in the U.S. and Europe. Kinesio is the original kinesiology tape brand marketing in the U.S. and K-Active is the European brand name. There is also Rock Tape, SpiderTech Tape and KT Tape.
Until Kerri Walsh applied the tape to her previously injured shoulder in the beach volleyball tournament at the 2008 Olympics, this athletic tape was relatively unknown. Thanks to the marketing genius of donating over 200,000 rolls of it to the Olympic athletes, this tape was thrust into the spotlight.
This is the basic principle behind
Kinesiology tape, the magic tape.
Kinesiology, or Human Kinetics, is the science of human movement. It focuses on how the body moves and functions. The practice of Kinesiology involves applying principals of movement to facilitate rehabilitation, prevention and management to maintain, rehabilitate and enhance movement, performance, and function in the areas of sport, activity and labor.
How kinesio tape works
Kinesio Taping alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin.
The taped portion forms convolutions in the skin, thus increasing interstitial space. The result is that pressure and irritation are taken off the neural and sensory receptors, alleviating pain. Pressure is gradually taken off the lymphatic system, allowing it to channel more freely.
It's not glamorous looking and it basically looks like an ordinary roll of tape. For purposes of sports med, this tape helps in ligament injuries, muscle conditioning, fascia repositioning and even carpal tunnel syndrome.
This flexible tape with the elasticity of skin is supposed to be applied to the skin in patterns that mimic the muscles. It is designed to support and guide injured muscles and joints for faster rehabilitation without limiting an athlete's range of motion.
The Kinesio Tape is 100-percent cotton and modeled on the thickness and elasticity of real skin. The flexible tape is applied to the skin in specific patterns with your muscles, and it doesn't stick until you warm in with your hands in the application process. So you can lay it down in patterns and not have to unstick it to move it since it doesn't fuse to the skin until you rub it to warm and activate the glue
Dr. Steven Shoshany is NYC Chiropractor and a Certified Kinesio taping practioner.