We love finding the best ways to help our clients in between effective treatments. Kinesiology tape is one of the ways we keep you moving as best as you can.
Kinesiology tape is made of cotton fibers with elastic properties, making it durable, comfortable and very flexible. It is also latex-free, hypo-allergenic and can last a few days through sweat, humidity and showers.
Kinesiology tape does not restrict movement, instead, it helps to facilitate muscle function. Because of the tension built into the tape, it will always pull toward the anchor point. If a muscle is weak, kinesiology tape can be applied to that muscle to specifically facilitate the contraction of the muscle fibres and thus reduce muscle fatigue. If a muscle is tight or short, kinesiology tape can be applied to that muscle to relax the muscle fibres. Both of these applications can lead to an increased range of motion and decreased pain.
This tape will help by:
- Improving muscle function to control and support the muscles
- Releasing pressure in tissues
- Providing proprioceptive feedback
- Supporting joint function by changing the tension of the muscles
- Reducing pain by overriding the pain stimulus and activating the mechanoreceptors in the sore area
- Lymphatic drainage
Maximum Physiotherapy can apply the tape for you, or we can sell you a roll and teach you how to apply it yourself!
Does Kinesiology Tape Work?
Yes, Kinesiology Tape does work! It is a great tool to help with muscle pain, joint function, and lymphatic drainage. The tape works by providing support to the muscles and joints while also activating mechanoreceptors in the sore area to reduce pain. It can also be used to relax tight or short muscles and increase the range of motion. With proper application, Kinesiology Tape can provide relief from pain and help to improve muscle function.
Can You Hurt Yourself With Kinesiology Tape?
No, you cannot hurt yourself with Kinesiology Tape. In fact, it can be a great tool to help reduce pain and improve muscle function. However, it is important to make sure that the tape is applied correctly to get the most benefit from it. If the tape is not applied properly, it may not provide the desired results or could even cause further injury. It is also important to make sure that the tape is not left on for too long as it can cause skin irritation.
Maximum Physiotherapy also offers a wide range of detailed treatment plans including virtual care services to help you get back to your daily activities pain-free! We also have a large selection of braces and offer acupuncture services and concussion care services with direct billing to many insurance companies. Book your appointment today if you have any of the following common health conditions:
- Chronic pain
- Knee pain
- Joint issues
- Limited mobility challenges
- Motor vehicle injuries
- Shoulder joint pain
- Work related injuries