Kinesiology taping, also known as K-taping, is a therapeutic tool that is used by physiotherapists for the prevention and treatment of sporting injuries and a variety of other conditions. You may have recently seen K-tape on Olympic athletes competing in Tokyo!
How does it work?
K-tape is a therapeutic technique that helps with pain management and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. Studies are still researching the mechanism of taping and how we can use it to aid in recovery from injuries such as sprains, muscle strains, subluxations, and tendonitis.
Pink, blue, beige, red or black, which one is best?
K-tape comes in a lot of different colours. In reality, there is no physical or chemical difference between the different colours. Black and beige were the basic colours to start and then came all the fancy colours.
What are the benefits of K-taping?
The physical benefits of K-tape include the following:
- Pain relief
- Reduce inflammation and swelling
- Accelerates recovery from bruises and contusions
- Prevents or relieves muscle spasms and cramping
- Speedier recovery of overused muscles
- Supports injured muscles and joints without restricting the range of motion
- Allows athletes to remain active while injured
- Enhances strength and muscle tone in weak or poorly-toned muscles
Contraindications and precautions
There are few conditions that are contraindicated or not appropriate to use K-tape for treatment, and others we have to use caution with. It is important that you talk to your physiotherapist if you have any of the following conditions, so they can use K-tape accordingly.
- Contraindications: Malignancy, infection, open wound, and deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
- Precautions: Diabetes, congestive heart failure, and fracture.
Why is K-tape different from other tapes?
K-tape has an adhesive pattern similar to a bandaid, which allows the skin to breathe. The tape can be worn while swimming or showering. It stays on up to 5 days on average, even with intense exercise, showering, bathing, or even swimming. Also, the therapeutic benefits accumulate for the entire time the tape is worn. This characteristic does not apply to other tapes.
K-tape has a similar elasticity and thickness to human skin. It can stretch and move with the body so it does not restrict movement. Usually, when a muscle or a joint is injured, moving it freely helps it heal quicker than if it’s immobilized. This makes the individual feel more safe and comfortable.
K-tape also has a great advantage as it comes in different colours and patterns. Patients can choose which colour they prefer to suit their style.
Would you benefit from K-taping?
If you are interested to know more about K-taping, speak to one of our physiotherapists. Most people seeking services at CURAVITA are able to see a physiotherapist for a consultation and assessment on the same day or the day after. Contact us to learn more or to book an appointment with one of our physiotherapists.