Kinesiology Taping | Sports Muscle Taping
I attended Kinematics Tex Strong Philippines’ Kinesiology Taping Workshop last April 30 at Elorde Sports Center in Sucat. The workshop was conducted by International Taping Science Association Chairman, Professor El Koo Lee and Physiotherapist, Dr. Mohan Sankaravel.
Listed below are my six takeaways from the workshop.
1.Kinesiology taping involves the use of elastic tapes that do not contain gel-like pain relief patches.
The tape’s elasticity is similar to human muscle contraction which allows a person to perform fundamental body reactions. Taping is also designed to be well ventilated, and balances the body with the muscle because of its excellent ventilation and soft adhesive strength durability.
2. Kinesiology Taping has no side effects, easy to perform, works fast and overall provides better performance.
Taping keeps the muscle from being overextended. It also lifts up the skin (about 10 microns) such that the space between the skin and muscle is broadened. At this moment the skin forms a spiral (wave) shape, flow of the blood and lymph is promoted between the fascial linings and the ability to propagate is fostered, which soothes pain. Also, motion function of the muscle is improved, allowing a person to do physical efforts healthily. All these benefits sum up to better performance.
3. Kinesiology taping corrects muscle functions and prevents further damages/injury.
The elasticity of the tape effects skin and muscle stimulation such that the tensed up muscle goes back to its original state. When the muscle in pain is neglected, surrounding muscles react to it, which can lead to secondary damage or elevated pain. Hence, taping not only corrects the muscle function but also prevents secondary damage/injury.
4. Kinesiology taping promotes the circulation of the blood, lymph and tissue fluid resulting to faster muscle recovery.
The tape lifts up the skin resulting for the stagnant tissue fluid or internal fluid in the topical part to be discharged which promotes blood/lymph circulation. Promoted blood/lymph circulation results to faster muscle recovery.
5. Kinesiology taping relieves pain.
As mentioned on item #4, taping promotes blood/lymph circulation which soothes pain. Moreover, taping on the painful part relieves pain neurologically.
6. Kinesiology Taping corrects joint dislocation.
The muscle around the joint is often over-tensed. When tape is applied on the over-tensed muscle, the motion of the muscle goes back to itself thus preventing the joints from being dislocated.
The actual demonstration of Kinesiology taping effects during the workshop convinced me to try out the taping technique. With the aid of Kinematics Tex Strong basic taping manual, I applied the tape to soothe my lower back pain. I instantly felt relief upon tape application until the next 5 days that the tape stayed on my back (the tape is water proof!). Two thumbs up both for high performance and high quality!
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