You might have noticed the trend of athletes sporting bright tape on specific areas of their bodies. Kinesiology tape (KT tape) is often used by those either recovering from or wanting to prevent an injury during intense physical exertion. If you’ve been curious about the “magic muscle tape”, today we’re diving into all the ways KT tape is suitable for your injuries.
What is Kinesiology Tape, Anyway?
A pretty straightforward concept, KT tape is (as you guessed it) tape, that can be applied directly to the skin. Many physical therapists and doctors choose it due to its elasticity. It helps to support the joints around where it is applied, all while allowing the wearer a full range of motion.
Uses of KT Tape
KT tape is durable and extremely versatile. It can help a number of diverse issues all based on where and how the tape is applied. It can help mimic muscle contractions. And it can also temporarily “turn off” specific muscles to keep pain at a minimum. KT tape also has the ability to help with:
- Muscle inhibition
- Muscle facilitation
- Decrease swelling
- Flexible stability
- Tissue decompression
KT Tape for Runners
Runners are a common group of people that turn to KT tape. The most common issues they use it for are:
- Shin splints
- Knee pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles tendon issues
- General muscle pain
Who Else Should Use It?
KT tape is primarily geared for serious athletes. While anyone can use the tape, athletes tend to gain the most from using the product. This could mean playing in a sports league, marathon training, body/Olympic lifting, etc. User discretion is advised.
Disclaimer: Lacking Evidence
While there are a number of positive anecdotal accounts of the benefits of KT tape, there still hasn’t been enough conclusive evidence to confirm the true effectiveness of KT tape. Please bring up your pain concerns and interest in incorporating KT tape into your wellness routine with your trusted medical provider.
Leg and Back Pain with Zock Family Chiropractic
If you’re someone who suffers from running, leg, back, or shoulder pain, adding chiropractic care may be the natural, preventive treatment you need. If you would like more insight into optimizing your body during activity, Dr. Zock would love to discuss your thoughts and concerns. She can evaluate your body mechanics and help you decide what natural methods are best for your specific neck pain relief! Contact our office in Cranberry to schedule an introductory session and provide you with a happy and healthy fall season!
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