Ever wonder what that colorful tape is on an athlete’s body? Well, it is more than just a fun shade of athletic tape. The brightly-colored kinesiology tape, or better known as Kinesio tape, is made up of cotton fibers with polymer elastic strands woven throughout. Although it can be applied in a variety of patterns to almost every muscle or ligament in the body, the tape works in a few unique ways.
Primarily Kinesio tape offers structural or muscle support by being applied around the muscle intended to be supported. In addition it can correct postural problems and increase blood flow and lymphatic drainage. Whereas traditional athletic tape restricts blood flow and movement, Kinesio tape is durable and stretches to allow athletes full range of motion. Kinesio tape works by lifting the skin too create a small space between the muscle and skin layers. That space takes the pressure off swelling or injured muscles, which allows smooth muscle movement and makes space for drainage and blood flow.
Today athletes spanning across all sports are trying out the new effective Kinesio tape. So, next time you find yourself getting treatment and needing a muscle taped for support, ask your physical therapist about Kinesio Tape and they can help.
The Center is offering a Kinesio Taping Seminar on October 12th and 13th. CEUs and certifications are available. Contact Kasey Bowser at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.