What is Kinesiology Tape?
Kinesiology Tape is the stretchy tape that became quite popular in the 2008 Beijing Olympics when the USA women’s volleyball team wore it during the games. It was originally invented in the 1970s by Dr. Kenzo Kase and it is now seen on most high elite athletes for all different sports. They tend to be quite colourful and very stretchy on application and can be known by different names ranging from kinesiology tape to K-tape to Rock tape, all tapes are slightly different in their composition of materials.
What is the difference between Rigid and Kinesiology Tape?
They can both be effective when used correctly. Generally, Rigid Tape is used to reduce movement and provide stability, whereas Kinesiology Tape aims to increase movement by improving the blood flow to the muscles. The following table demonstrates the difference between the two tapes;
|RIGID TAPE||KINESOLOGY TAPE|
|· Limits range of motion
· Does lose some of its tension over a short period of time
· Provides stability to unstable joints, but can be bulky
|· Allows for full functional range of motion
· Uses less tape with support lasting up to 5 days
· Enhances restoration of normal function and decreases compensatory reactions
What are the benefits of Kinesiology Tape?
It is believed that kinesiology tape can help improve superficial fluid aka movement of swelling around affected joints and can help improve body awareness, also known as proprioception.
How do I know if it is suitable for me?
If you would like to know which tape would be suitable for you contact the clinic today to make an appointment with one of our friendly Osteopaths or Myotherapists for an assessment.