Kinesiology tape is an elastic cotton band with an acrylic adhesive used for treating athletic injuries and a variety of physical disorders. In general kinesiology tape is able to stretch up to 120–140% of its original length. As a result, if the tape is applied with a stretch greater than its normal length, it will "recoil" after application and create a pulling force on the skin or muscle involved.
Kinesiology Tape helps:
Remove lactic acid
Unlike traditional athletic tape, which binds and doesn’t stretch, kinesiology tape is engineered to mimic the human skin. It can be applied as compression to promote recovery or used as decompression to relieve pain and swelling. Kinesiology tape can also be used to stabilize muscles and joints that have been sprained or hurt and provides support and stability without constraining and reducing blood flow – which are downsides of utilizing braces and sleeves. Thus, the tape’s capabilities make it well suited to the repair of localized muscle groups.
The same science that is used to treat injuries can be applied to promote better circulation and lymph drainage for sports applications. By applying kinesiology tape to a specific muscle group, we are able to reduce muscle vibration, accelerate blood flow out of the muscles to encourage oxygenation and promote lymph drainage, which helps remove lactic acid. These functions provide the active individual with additional endurance and help promote recovery.
Whether used for muscle repair, stability management, recovery or enhanced performance, kinesiology tape can be a valuable component in your toolkit, and can be purchased right here in our clinic.