HOW DOES K TAPE WORK?

Kinesiology Tape can be used in a multitude of ways; from helping to reduce swelling to providing postural support. Everyday we see and hear of the positive results of applying kinesiology tape from the millions of people around the world who currently use it.

As with many sports medicine treatments (such as massage, acupuncture and cupping), there isn’t the gold standard research for us all to agree exactly what is happening, but the research is developing all the time and so is the way we think about Kinesiology taping.For now, its popularity has been gained through its clinical effectiveness at reducing pain and changing athletic function rather than hard scientific evidence.

To put it simply, we believe it works but we're still not 100% sure how. Here are our current theories.

how WE THINK IT Works:

  • A POSITIVE RESPONSE TO THE NERVOUS SYSTEM - By laying K tape over an area of pain/weakness you can affect the central nervous system. Depending on the way that you apply the tape (stretch/no stretch) you can send a variety of signals back to the brain. The brain then responds to this stimulus by blocking/reducing the pain or increasing the muscular response in that area.
  • REDUCING PAIN ON SENSITIVE AREAS - By stretching the K Tape you are able to create a small lift on the skin as it recoils (see above), effectively lifting the tissue beneath the tape and reducing the pressure on the pain receptors in the skin.

  • PROMOTE BLOOD FLOW AND LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE - Kinesiology Tape lifts the skin (see above) and fascia to allow blood and lymph flow to increase. As lymph helps to clear swelling and bruising this increased flow may be beneficial in speeding up the recovery of soft tissue injuries.

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