How Does Kinesiology Tape Work?

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Knee Kinesiology Tape

Knee Precut Kinesiology Tape

“I can’t even feel it on my skin, but my injury feels so much better. How does kinesiology tape work?

Kinesiology tape is a generic term for a thin, stretchy tape that can be applied to a wide variety of injuries and inflammatory conditions and quickly produce amazing results. The best known brand names are Kinesio Tex Tape (aka Kinesio Tape) and SpiderTech Tape. Other than making a totally cool fashion statement, what is it about this colored tape that has created hundreds of thousands of converts in the last year alone?

1. Kinesiology tape has virtually identical in thickness and elasticity to human skin. This means that once it’s applied, you barely know it’s there. Most applications can be comfortably worn for up to 5 days.

2. When stretched kinesiology tape is applied over an inflammed area, the skin is gently lifted as the tape attempts to return to its unstretched state. This can be seen as a slight puckering or wrinkling of the taped area. This lifting action creates a space between the skin and the inflammed tissues below. reducing pressure on the blood vessels, lymphatic vessels and nerve endings in the injured area. Improved blood flow enhances delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the injured tissues, accelerating the healing process. Improved lymphatic flow reduces swelling which relieves pressure on the pain receptors providing rapid pain relief.


3. Because kinesiology tape can be worn 24/7 for up to 5 days, the therapeutic benefits are available to the body around the clock for the entire time it is worn. It’s kind of like have non-stop physical therapy, day and night, for 5 days. This fact alone greatly accelerates the healing process, allowing a return to normal activities much sooner.

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