I'M NOT GOING TO BULLSHIT YOU. The simple answer is: WE DON'T KNOW.
Research is still ongoing about the actual benefits of using kinesiology tape. For every paper proving a benefit, there's a paper contradicting it.
It's a nightmare trawling through all the crap to figure out how it actually works, so I'm going to keep things really simple for you & tell it from OUR perspective.
how WE THINK IT Works
Most of these GOLD NUGGETS of info were learned on the job with none other than SPORTTAPE Academy Director Rob Madden. These are INFORMED IDEAS from research & feedback from athletes & therapists alike.
THE SKIN & MUSCLES
Physio's will talk about the 'mechanical effect.' Most of you will not know what the hell this means, so I'll simplify it for you.
K-tape gives a LIFTING MOTION creating space between the top layer of the skin & underlying tissues. The best example of this effect in action is LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE.
The lymphatic system is responsible for removing substances, excess fluids & cellular debris. The lifting action of K tape CREATES PRESSURE on the affected area allowing fluids to move into the lymphatic vessels.