What is Kinesiology Tape?
Kinesiology tape is amazing stuff! I use it with patients all the time. And it is not just for supporting your shoulder when you’re exercising. It is used for a number of reasons, support and stabilization being just one reason.
What most people don’t realize is the effect kinesiology tape can have on pain relief as it de-sensitizes our nociceptors (pain nerve endings). A simple analogy to consider: when you bang your knee and apply pressure right away – feels better right? The tape works in a similar manner.
Kinesiology tape is also effective for reducing swelling. The tape provides a lift to your skin to allow your lymph fluid to flow better. Have a nasty bruise or a nerve entrapment? The tape can also be helpful for recovery from these conditions due to the lifting effect.
Please note that the tape should not be used on open wounds, rashes, areas of decreased sensation, over active cancer areas, at the front of the neck, for those with adhesive allergies and for those with kidney/heart congestion.
We love Rock Tape! Rock tape products stick like no other and they have a variety of colours! There are a lot of different Kinesiology tape brands, so shop around and see what works for you!
For specific taping techniques, I recommended seeing a Health Care provider who has taken kinesiology taping courses.
Registered Physiotherapist and Kinesiologist