By WIN Provider: Dr. Greg Lamb, Chiropractor
Do you wonder what is kinesiology tape? Have you seen someone walking around your neighbourhood with bright coloured tape on their body?
Have you ever wondered what the heck it is?
Well, it was likely KT tape.
Kinesiology Therapeutic tape is also known as KT tape. This is a therapeutic tape that is applied to your skin to help support your muscles, joints and ligaments.
It helps to reduce pain and swelling, increase mobility and stability and help enhance your recovery time.
Kinesiology tape can be used to treat common joint and muscle related injuries you may be experiencing.
Some of these injuries include muscle strains, ligament sprains, tendonitis and joint instabilities and others.
How Does Kinesiology Tape Work?
If you are injured, blood and other fluids build up in your soft tissues causing swelling and inflammation.
If there’s a significant build-up of these fluids, the lymphatic system is unable to remove all of it.
This compresses vessels and prevents oxygen and nutrients from being delivered to the healing tissues.
This is where Kinesiology tape comes in.
When properly applied to an injured area, KT tape can lift your skin and allow compressed vessels to work the way they’re supposed to.
Healthy blood and lymphatic flow is restored.
This helps to reduce swelling, alleviate pressure, and allows oxygen and other important nutrients to reach those healing tissues.
KT tape can support your injured joints and muscles without fully restricting range of motions.
This helps provide support to the damaged tissue while ensuring the individual is still able to move through range of motions required in their daily life.
KT Tape Treatment at WIN Health?
The answer is maybe.
When coming for treatment at WIN Health, I will assess whether KT taping is appropriate for you and your injury.
While KT taping is a great resource to help get you back on track, we also don’t want your body becoming reliant on it.
If you have questions about KT tape or think it might help your concern, I’m happy to give you guidance.
Contact us or book online to set up a visit to discuss your individualized chiropractic treatment options at WIN!