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About Kinesiology Tape
What is Kinesiology Tape?
Kinesiology tape is a thin, stretchy, therapeutic tape that can benefit a wide variety of injuries and inflammatory conditions. It is almost identical to human skin in both thickness and elasticity, which allows it to be worn without binding, constricting or restriction of movement.
What Makes Kinesiology Tape Different?
Traditional athletic tape is wrapped tightly around an injured area to provide rigid support and restrict movement. It must be removed immediately after activity to restore movement and circulation. Kinesiology tape, on the other hand, is thin and flexible, allowing it to provide dynamic support while still allowing a safe and functional range of motion. Rather than being wrapped completely around an injured area, kinesiology tape is applied directly over or around the periphery of the area. Most applications can be worn 4-5 days, even during intense exercise, showering, bathing or swimming. Therapeutic benefits accumulate 24/7 for the entire time the tape is worn.
What Conditions can Kinesiology Taping be Used For?
|Joint Pain||Arthritis, bursitis, lupus, degenerative joints, poorly aligned joints, joint instability|
|Muscle Pain||Torn muscles, pulled/strained muscles, tight muscles, fibromyalgia, muscle spasms, muscle cramps, calf strain, pulled hamstring, groin strain, strained gluteals, abdominal strain|
|Soft Tissue Injuries||Tendinitis, tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), golfers elbow (medial epicondylitis), patellar tendinitis, Achilles tendinitis, whiplash, back strain, neck strain, rotator cuff injuries, iliotibial band syndrome (ITB)|
|Joint Injuries||Joint sprains, dislocated joints, sprained ankle, sprained knee, sprained wrist, sprained elbow, degenerated meniscus, torn cartilage, unstable joints, joint hypermobility|
|Overuse Injuries||Carpal tunnel, repetitive stress syndrome, shin splints, Iliotibial Band Syndrome, tension headaches, tennis elbow|
|Swelling and Edema||Lymphedema, swollen joints, edema, lymphatic congestion, chronic joint or muscle inflammation|
|Postural Problems||Poor posture, round shoulders, scapular instability, muscle weakness, muscle imbalance, poor muscle tone, hypotonia|
|Recovery from Surgery||Athletic injury surgery, reconstructive surgery, joint replacement surgery, meniscus repair, ligament surgery, tendon surgery, lymph node removal|
|Bruising||Bruising following injuries or surgery, contusions|
|Foot Pain||Plantar fasciitis, fallen arches|