Tape is used in kinesiology and often for athletes. It treats injuries and improves sports performance. In many cases, tape is used after an injury during a sporting activity. When properly applied, the tape allows for support to muscles and ligament injury, allowing the athlete to quickly return to a game. Sports tape is used to restrict the movement of the part of the body in a specific direction. when the tape is properly applied, it works to aid neuromuscular re-education thereby reducing pain, inflammation and bruising while preventing injury and promoting good circulation and healing. The tape is therapeutic for neck pain, carpel tunnel, compartment syndromes and others. Taping allows the patient to undergo active treatment during the rehabilitation process.
Benefits of taping:
- Support of better postural position
- Prevention of harmful ranges of motion without a hard feel.
- Reduction of strain on affected muscles
- Enhances sensory stimulation and decreases perception of pain
- Restores normal muscle activation
- Reinforcement of functional stability
- Atimulates the skin’s endogenous analgesic system.
- Forms a wave pattern
- Superficial fascial thixotrophy.
- Improves lymphatic flow.
- Improves superficial microcirculatory flow
Applying the tape in different ways allows the chiropractor to achieve different effects. Either you are trying to help a weak muscle, or inhibit a tight muscle, stretch is applied to the tape during application in order to provide stimulation and activate mechanoreceptors in the skin to reduce perceived pain and lift the skin to promote circulation and lymphatic drainage.
If you are an amateur or professional athlete, or simply have muscle or joint aches, you might be a candidate for taping. Make sure to contact your professional to see if you can receive the benefits of taping and if taping is right for you. The chiropractor will examine and evaluate if a taping method will work to your advantage.