What is Kinesiology Tape or Kinesio Tape?
Kinesiology Tape or Kinesio Tape is an elastic therapeutic tape that can be applied during any stage of an injury (acute, subacute, chronic), illness, and for prevention. Kinesio tape mimics the qualities of the skin. Kinesio tape is made with cotton and the adhesive is medical grade and has no latex. Kinesio tape is water-resistant and has the potential to last 24 to 72 hours.
At Ignite Kinesio tape is combined with manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, therapeutic activities, neuromuscular re-education, and gait training to improve the outcomes of patients. At Ignite when a therapist uses Kinesio tape, it can affect seven physiological systems: skin, fascia, muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, and circulatory/lymphatic.
At Ignite, therapists use Kinesio tape to reduce and or alleviate pain. Some of the ways Kinesio tape can reduce and or alleviate pain is by facilitating (activating) muscle contraction, inhibiting (relaxing) and providing the muscle a to stretch further, and by a space correction to reduce swelling at a joint to reduce pressure and allow proper Rang of Motion at a joint.
Kinesio tape can assist athletes of all ages pre-workouts, during, and post workouts. At Ignite Kinesio tape can be used to stabilize joints for certain movements and allow range of motion without the bulky application. Therapists at Ignite can apply the tape to an athlete to facilitate muscle contraction to improve the twitch and contraction of muscles. The therapist can all so us Kinesio tape to inhibit muscles to improve tissue flexibility. A therapist can use the tape on muscle strains
Kinesio tape can be used on pediatric patients, geriatric, young adults, adults, athletes of all types marathon runners, iron contestants, cross-fitters, high school athletes, club athletes, adults that are active. Kinesio tape can be applied to patients with strokes to stabilize a joint and facilitate a movement e.g. drop foot, drop wrist. Kinesio tape can help promote better thoracic posture for young children to adults.
The following are some of the many diagnoses that demonstrate excellent clinical results when treated with Kinesio Tape:
muscular facilitation or inhibition in pediatric patients, plantar fasciitis, ankle pain, ankle sprains, swelling to joints, ankle stability, knee pain, Osgood-Schlatter, tendonitis, patella-femoral pain syndrome (runners knee), patella tracking, hip bursitis, lower back strain/pain, shoulder conditions, rotator cuff injury, whiplash, headaches, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, carpal tunnel, and post-surgical edema.