Kinesio taping… what’s that funny looking tape?

Kinesio tape works in conjunction with the lymphatic system. It can be used on muscles, joints, localized swelling, to increase circulation to an area. It was invented by Dr. Kenzo Kase, a Japanese chiropractor, in the 1970s. Those using kinesio taping and finding relief claim that the wave pattern found on the tape’s adhesive has a lifting effect on the skin which can reduce swelling and inflammation by improving circulation and reduce pain by taking pressure off pain receptors.

How Kinesio Taping Works with the Lymphatic System
•    Skin:The tape can be applied on the skin in a manner that causes a massage-like skin movement that directs lymph away from an affected area. When placed over areas of fibrosis, the lifting action and increased movement of skin also assists in softening these tissues.
•    Muscle:The motion of the tape, and its action on sensory receptors in the skin, can improve muscle contraction. Deeper lymphatic vessel function is enhanced by the nearby pumping action of muscle contraction and relaxation.
•    Joints: The tape can be placed to stabilize joints that have been affected by lymphedema.
•    Circulation: As the tape affects the muscles and skin it also improves the ability of blood to flow in and out of the treated area. This improved circulation aids in healing.
•    Neurological: Swelling places pressure on sensory receptors in the skin causing pain, numbness or reduced sensitivity. When excess fluid is removed the pressure is reduced and the ability of these receptors to communicate with the brain is improved.

In my opinion I do feel the taping helps to lesson the current symptoms of mild discomfort. I do not think it is a permanent fix by any means but it has given me the feeling of additional support through my lower back and support and decreased muscle tension on both my back and my calf. Make sure to only use this with qualified medical help that understands how to properly tape the area of concern.

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