Kinesio-taping is still a very new concept and new studies are planned into its effectiveness during injury and in the sporting environment.
You can't miss the widespread use of tape across the world, particularly in the 2016 Olympics where athletes wore various colours and designs of tape to aid in their performance. So, if professional athletes are using kinesio-tape, then it must work right?
Kinesio tape can help with the following:-
# Reducing pain
# Reducing oedema
# Improving posture
# Improving joint function
# Facilitating an early return to sport
Is there evidence to support this? Due to the lack of studies conducted, results are mixed but there are very positive studies to support the following:-
# Reduces pain and improves function for plantar fasciitis and patello-femoral joint pain
# Reduces pain and increases range of movement in shoulder impingement
# Raises the anaerobic threshold of muscle endurance activity
# Reduces swelling and promotes blood flow
How does Kinesio-tape work?
Kinesio-tape has a lifting effect through the layers of the skin, which in turn, reduces compression of underlying tissues and aids in venous and lymphatic movement. What does this mean? Taping can be helpful for reducing swelling in acute injury, promote blood flow to injured or tight muscles and decompress neural tissue.
Is Kinesio-tape something I should use?
It's always best to have an injury assessed by a professional, so it can be diagnosed and a treatment plan formulated, to ensure your return to normal activity is swift and effective. Kinesio-tape is often an additional tool to other treatments, and can be very effective in helping relieve pain and reducing injury time.