The Kinesio Tex Taping®
Method – Concepts
How does Kinesio Taping® Work?
Kinesio Taping aids the lymphatic system, the nervous system and the muscular system. Most musculoskeletal conditions are multifactorial in nature and the presence of pain can be a debilitating for the client, and a challenge to the therapists. Unresolved musculoskeletal conditions result in:
The loss of function
Decreased flexibility and strength
Decreased quality of life
The immediate response to pain and the tension/load created from the unique tape application provides an innovative analgesic effect for a prolonged period thereby creating comfort and ease and functionality.
The method radically reduces recovery times and improves fitness levels no matter what activity.
It is a unique way to create an immediate and often significant analgesic effect and increases range of movement which accelerates rehabilitation of most if not all musculoskeletal injury pathologies.
The method is a simple drug free alternative that can immediately decrease pain and increase range of motion, to encourage muscle firing and normal movement patterns.
Applications can also encourage lymphatic fluid to move from areas of high pressure to low pressure and towards working lymph nodes. Kinesio Taping can also help to facilitate the stretch response and it is this specific elasticity which also will not allow an over stretch of the muscles themselves.
Kinesio Taping is based on a different philosophy that aims to give free range of motion in order to allow the body’s muscular system to heal itself bio-mechanically.
Without the tape:
1.There is pain and pressure on the pain receptors.
2.Blood and Lymph is trapped under the skin.
3.There is dysfunction.
1.The top layer of tape causes convolutions and lifts the skin.
2.Pain and pressure is reduced.
3.Blood and Lymph fluid is dispersed.
4.Pain free Function is restored
Diagram showing a side section of skin without the tape (flat), and with the tape (convolutions).
Physiological Effects of Kinesio Tex Taping:
• Relieves pain
• Supports the limb structure
• Allows function
• Supports muscles in movement
• Removes lymphatic fluid congestion
• Corrects joint misalignment
• Assists in positioning a muscle or joint into proper position for rehabilitation
• Assists a weak muscle by placing it in a normal position
• Improves kinaesthetic awareness of posture and alignment
• Pain receptors are being distracted to a point of ease (nociceptor pain fibres that are connected to muscle, tendon and ligaments are being decompressed and are being directed away to an area of a pain free status).
• Myofascia, (the skin and tissue around our muscles) is supported under a principle of tensigrity or ‘floating compression’ a structural principle, based on the use of isolated components, in compression, inside a net of continuous tension and support – the myofascial matrix. This is basically the myofascial matrix of the body being supported like a net around our bodies.
• Due to the reduced pain and spasm and the support offered by the Kinesio tape, the affected area is allowed to function, so:
“Reduced pain + support + increased function = increased muscle strength + relief + repair”
information that these receptors send to the brain and causes a less reactive response in the body, allowing the body to work in a more normal manner and removing some of the roadblocks that normally slow down the healing process.
Within the clinic we use tape alongside massage, heat therapy, interferential and G5 vibration therapy to gain maximum effect from this modality.
Kinesio Taping can help with many clinical conditions, see more information here
(Images supplied with permission from Kinesio uk)