WHAT IS Kinesiology taping?
Kinesiology is a taping technique designed for use in both therapeutic like injury rehabilitation and working athletic situations.
It adheres to the skin with an elastic quality, which allows it to decompress the skin to help relieve pressure and pain, increase lymph and blood flow, and accelerate oxygen availability for healing.
In areas of swelling and edema, it can aid in the removal of toxins commonly associated with injury and overuse.
Benefits of Elastic Kinesiology Tape
Support Muscle Strain or Tear
Reduce Muscle Stiffness
Minimize Post-OP Recovery
Prolonging the Effects of Body Work
Helps relax overused muscles
Decreases edema and swelling
Rehabilitate Movement Dysfunction
Prevent Movement Dysfunction
Decompresses the tissue
promotes and facilitates healing
Decreases muscle spams, tension, soreness and trigger points
Provides support to tendons, ligaments and joints
Helps to improve muscle and joint mechanics
Tissue decompression helps provide pain relief
preventative for horses that are prone to injuries
help recover faster in athletic training situations
assist with horses that have lesions
assist with horses that have kissing spine
assist with horses that have chronic stiffness
Does it INTERFERE in the horse movement?
The tape stretches and is flexible. Therefore, it does not restrict range of motion, and at the same time, provides stability and support. The degree of stretch used when applying the tape and application pattern is of paramount importance in obtaining the desired results. Consequently, a thorough assessment of the horse's needs and issues is critical. It is the foundation for successful tape application.
how does it work?
The tape interacts and lifts the skin thereby decompressing the tissue and enabling increased blood flow and oxygenation allowing for a decrease in inflammation of affected areas and facilitation of lymph drainage. This help to facilitate both the healing process in the case of injury and the recovery process in the case of training.
The tape also helps prolong the benefits of manual therapies because the tape helps to increase the stretch of the collagen fibers in the muscles.