What’s Kinesiology Tape and does it actually work?

Kinesiology Tape or KT Tape is an elasticated sports tape which is used to relieve pain, whilst still supporting muscles, tendons, and ligaments without reducing movement. You may have seen the likes of David Beckham wearing luminous pink coloured tape on his back. Well, we’ll let you into a secret, the colour doesn’t mean anything! Tape comes in a variety of colours and patterns and that was clearly just his preference!  

How does it work?

When injuries occur through effects such as impact or over-use, inflammation produces swelling from the build-up of lymphatic fluid. The increase of lymphatic fluid causes pressure to fluctuate in the joint which can result in significant discomfort or pain. (It’s important to bear in mind that this is not always the case with every injury.)

The idea is that KT Tape facilitates muscle movement, providing an external awareness of muscle engagement, improving its ability to contract correctly. It is also suggested, although not scientifically proven, that the tape slightly lifts the skin away from the layers of muscle. This would allow for the reduction in swelling and lymphatic drainage to occur. Lymphatic drainage moves white blood cells around the body, helping with the removal of waste products.

 

Who should use it?

You don’t need to be a professional athlete, a regular runner or an overly active individual to benefit from it. We all know just how debilitating pain and discomfort can be, so KT Tape is for everyone. Its application is light, making it comfortable to have on. It also stays on for several days - even when showering or perhaps swimming.

KT Tape is also very easy to apply once you know the technique of doing so. Come and see one of our fantastic therapists who can show you how to apply it best, giving you the information you need to take away and do it yourself at home.

Some individuals suggest that the psychological comfort of KT Tape have a greater impact than the physiological effects, although that isn’t necessarily a bad thing if your levels of pain are reduced, is it?

Chat with us via email at info@fireandearthuk.com with any questions about taping.