Kinesio taping creates a small lift and decompresses the underlying tissues.
What Is Kinesio Taping?
Kinesiotape is a stretchy body tape that provides support without limiting movement. All of your tissues including your skin, connective tissue, fascia, and muscles contain sensory receptors. These receptors give your brain feedback to feel pain, temperature, different types of touch, and where your body is in space or during movement. Kinesio taping creates a small lift and decompresses the underlying tissues. It can also compress and give tactile feedback so your brain feels supported. When the brain receives a signal other than pain, or swelling, it’s going to respond differently by feeling and moving better.
How long does kinesio tape stay on?
You may leave it on for 3-5 days. If you do not like it, you may take it off (carefully) whenever you choose. Please do not leave the tape on for longer than 5 days.
Can I shower with the tape on?
Of course. Swimming, hot tubs, and bathing will all tend to loosen the adhesive and risk the tape coming off. If you are a swimmer, there is kinesio tape that is made for submerging in water. Just let me know!
Is kinesio tape easy to remove?
Sometimes yes, sometimes no! Please use oil or soap and water to gently and slowly pull back on the tape. Keep applying the oil or soap as you slowly pull back.
Sometimes the tape is not respectful to your skin and may make you red or give you a rash.
Can I put the kinesio tape on myself?
Sometimes. If it is on your back or your shoulder, then probably no. If it is your foot, ankle, or knee, then I can show you how to apply it. Tape is temporary, and it is used to guide you through to the next level of your rehabilitation or training.
Why would I use this technique on you?
If you have swelling, painful regions, joint instability, muscle spasms, or avoid shifting or bearing your weight, I might recommend kinesiotape as a helpful treatment option.
Common areas to use kinesio tape:
Upper and lower back
Ankles and feet
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